My Generation

A Word In Edgewise: A Good Man Is Hard To Tell

From middle school on, I read science fiction, but somehow, though I did read two of this prodigious author’s autobiographical tomes, I neglected Isaac Isamov’s fiction; the iconic Caves of Steel, Foundation series, et al. Only recently, […]

A Word In Edgewise: More Than An Apple A Day

Keeping healthy is only part of the equation of continued well-being. Even proper diet and exercise can’t override control our genetic makeup, random encounters with disease carriers, or inadvertent exposure to carcinogens; all can sabotage our well-laid plans. […]

Skirting The Issues: Death Gap Math

When I was younger, like in my 20s, 30s, and early 40s, the concept of death was relatively foreign, as in, “That’s so far away.” But not now. At 61, I’m thinking about death quite […]

A Word In Edgewise: ‘Tain’t Funny, McGee!

A friend of mine tells jokes—tells them well—and we usually laugh. “We,” being our group that gathers weekly for beverages and low-stakes wagers concerning the relative values of cardboard rectangles. Recently, he launched into another […]

Q & A with National Coming Out Day Speaker Judy Shepard

In 1998, Judy Shepard lost her son Matthew to a murder motivated by anti-gay hate in Laramie, Wyoming. Since then, she has become a leading voice in fighting for the rights of this community and […]

A Word In Edgewise: That Old Question of Apples and Trees

Once again, one of iconic pastor Billy Graham’s progeny is in the news. While son Franklin keeps up his unrelenting background drumbeat of anti-GLBT rhetoric, Graham’s daughter, Franklin’s sister, Anne Graham Lotz, pushes her own […]

A Word In Edgewise: Reading for Your Life

When I was ten, Dad and I drove up to Canada for a fishing trip. One evening, stopping at a motel on the bank of the St. Lawrence River, I asked if I could go […]

Ruby Jubilee: The Saloon Reaches Its 40th Birthday

Everyone knows that your 50th anniversary is golden, and your 25th anniversary is silver…but what substance has been assigned to the 40th anniversary? Why, the same substance that enwrapped Judy Garland’s tootsies while she indulged in technicolor adventures: […]

Vaporizing Stonewall

By Mark Segal, PGN This week, I’m writing about an issue that sheds new light on a subject we all think we know: Stonewall. Earlier this week, my husband Jason, who teaches creative writing at […]

“The Old Mill Stream”

Abiitan Mill City Turns Aging into Freeflowing Luxury As the current millennium dawned, Minneapolis’s Mill District underwent a radical renaissance. For decades it had lain more or less dormant after decades as the world’s largest […]

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