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Native Science

Easter Frocks and Magic  My mother would sew four matching Easter dresses each year–the only day I can remember when my sisters and I all went to church. Easter was bright and warm in Southern California, and my grandparents would … Continue reading

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LITTLE THEORIES

Surviving in the age of Marie Kondo We are situated in the age of Marie Kondo, where “to kondo” is a verb. In the age of materialism, “kondo-ing” makes sense; get rid of what you don’t need. Count me in. … Continue reading

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Stuck to gorilla glue

LITTLE THEORIES I married a boy. I don’t mean a boy-boy. I mean a man-boy. You can find the evidence in the linen closet. There’s a shelf of light bulbs surrounded by boxes of batteries. I’m not talking cup-size when … Continue reading

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Rubber-band Relationships

More Little Theories What do rubber-bands, relationships and dishwashers have in common? Today I offer another Little Theory: this one about rubber-bands, which proves an apt metaphor for human relationships and household appliances. What comes to mind when I mention … Continue reading

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LITTLE THEORIES

Magpies and Maggots While listening to a morning radio program—hosted by a journalist I admire—I heard her talk about how information about all of us has been captured by social media companies that helps target us for advertisers. When she … Continue reading

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LITTLE THEORIES

When we act like muggles In my field—mass communication—you learn that folks have all sorts of theories about how media affect us. But, many assumptions about media fail to pan out in real life, and here are three: Even bad … Continue reading

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This Book will Haunt You

Watch out for Teddy I’m beginning to hear voices. Ted Van Alst’s latest story about growing-up-Indian in Chicago has a captivating spirit that won me over. Completely. His character—Teddy—gets inside your head. Here’s a scene in the book (Sacred Smokes) … Continue reading

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