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A Silent Retreat

With Cloven Hooves You have beautiful feet, he said. In an instant, I wondered what other lies he told. No one looking at my toes would utter such words. You wouldn’t dare. It’s either a fib or a line picked … Continue reading

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Becoming Buddhist

I am inching toward becoming a Buddhist and find myself torn. When practitioners “become” Buddhists, they are given the name of an ancestor. And this is where my panic digs in. It’s not just the accoutrements of religion–the bowing and … Continue reading

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Indian Horse film delves into Canada’s dark history of residential schools

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Reimagining History

Taking Liberty with a Grin Can you close your eyes and imagine the famous painting of George Washington crossing the Delaware? Remember the general standing tall, facing the wind, in a tiny boat? An American flag unfurls while sailors guide … Continue reading

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The sound I make

Thugly truth After the first shock-wave hit the internet—Stormy Daniels’ tell-all on 60 Minutes about her sexual encounter with the US president—media pundits turned their gaze to thuggery. Editorials surfaced in the second shock-wave that focused on threats made to … Continue reading

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When is a Terrorist a Terrorist?

It’s all about Semantics Some words we toss around with abandon, having little idea what they mean: Hegemony Rhetoric Semantics We often use them incorrectly. We think of hegemony as power over us, but Antonio Gramsci had a keener sense … Continue reading

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The Menace that Threatens “True Americanism”

A closeted French philosopher, an immigrant from Jamaica, a Jew who fled the Nazis then killed himself, and a feminist who writes about film. Does this sound like the foundation for a college communication course? When my communication class starts … Continue reading

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