Author: E.B. Boatner

A Word in Edgewise

Oh, frabjous day, Callooh, Callay! In the biggest news story since California’s 1948 Perez v. Sharp decision, the California State Supreme Court, on May 15, in a 4-3 decision, ruled marriage is a constitutional right that...

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A Word in Edgewise

I had not thought much about Thomas and Nancy Beatie in the past few weeks, but they’re in the news again. Thomas, you may remember, is the transgender man who is carrying the couple’s child. A decade ago, Thomas had undergone a...

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A Word in Edgewise

Two news stories printed back to back caught my eye the other day. One was about Edna Parker of Shelbyville, Indiana, recognized by the Guinness World Records as the oldest known person, who turned 115 this past week. The next...

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A Word in Edgewise

“Is society ready for this pregnant husband?” the article “Labor of Love” in a recent The Advocate asks. Probably not, my money says, because society rarely is ready for anything new, especially something that has to do with...

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A Word in Edgewise

Something makes me uneasy about the phrase “zero tolerance.” It smacks of every shade of right-wing extremist cant, although it is used with good intention—against school bullying, weapons in schools, and maltreatment of...

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A Word in Edgewise

Some situations defy an easy solution—at least in a democratic, equal-before-the law society. Take, for example the AP story filed by reporter Katrina A. Goggins under “Nation News, Weird News”: “Building Owner Fights Klan Item...

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A Word in Edgewise

After recent shootings, my AOL screen (an inveterate questioner) asked me, “How concerned are you about violence in America’s schools?”—reporting 81 percent of respondents to be “Very;” 14 percent “Somewhat;” and 5 percent “Not...

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A Word in Edgewise

The January 28 Time Magazine devoted its cover and feature stories to the “science of romance” in a number of essays, one of which was John Cloud’s “Are Gay Relationships Different?” His relationship with his partner Michael,...

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A Word in Edgewise

On Valentine’s Day, one may harbor—even openly express—feelings of love and affection. Back in grade school, a kind of democratic forced affection prevailed by which we had to provide a card for each kid in the class, boy and...

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A Word in Edgewise

“Once upon a time….And they lived happily, ever after.” Everyone loves a story, and storytelling has been around since mankind began to communicate—by grunts and clicks, cuneiform scratches, and villanelles. Some stories—and I...

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