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Trickster

Don’t forget your glasses After attending a recent university business meeting, one member of the group—a graduate student—came over and said I perked up the meeting. She meant it in a nice way. Your face lights up and I can … Continue reading

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Is there a horn in your purse?

Is this your bag, lady? I was searching through my purse for a strip of paper to wrap around my chewed gum and found my bicycle horn buried at the bottom. Who else carries around a bike horn? When I … Continue reading

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Critters that watch over us

Bee Keeper You can take the ski lift to the top of Mount Washington in the summer-time on Vancouver Island. A quick trip aboard a jump-seat places you at 5200 feet (1590 meters) and presto: you can see 360-degrees in … Continue reading

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Forget science: return the bones

Science, Blood & Bones One of my many Lakota uncles, John, casually referred to himself as mixed-blood. John grew up around Pine Ridge and Mission, South Dakota, and went to school with the Deloria clan. “I gave Vine a bloody … Continue reading

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Reduced to Zero

Sucked into a digital vortex Does it matter we’re all being sucked into a digital vortex? Do we lack nuance when we witness our world in a digital context? Think about a digital black and white photograph. Magnify the photo … Continue reading

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Can a walk change your brain?

When reporters write garbage science How do we learn about health? Science? Medicine? Risk? Most of us still learn from our schooling or from the news. Even though traditional journalism has transformed ink to pixels, newspapers and television news get … Continue reading

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Talking about race

American Indian posers I’m glad we’re talking about race, although the heinous acts that led to the conversation should never be lost in the discussion. Problem is, the very word race stems from difference—not just cultural—but perceived biological and intellectual … Continue reading

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Best brand money can buy

You can’t avoid the Bruce-Caitlyn Jenner story if you use social media, watch TV or shop at a grocery store. Photos and stories wave from every media channel that catches your eye. When I first saw the busty woman in … Continue reading

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The Chocolate Diet Hoax

First do no harm There’s something creepy if you have to lie to get what you want. So it bothers me when someone gets trapped into doing something she might not do without a nudge. For example, Portland took the … Continue reading

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When images harm

The Mascot Ruling in Oregon One lesson I’m learning is that conflict requires you to get inside the head of your opponent. And while this perspective presumes you’re wearing battle fatigues, the point is to understand someone else’s viewpoint in … Continue reading

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