Causes

Skirting the Issues: Two Humans

In the last couple weeks, I’ve had two conversations that have impacted me greatly. In each instance, the person I spoke with was a black man. One conversation followed a talk I gave at a […]

A Word In Edgewise: Going Home Again. And Again.

Like wine pairings, a theater’s juxtaposition of plays presented can enhance enjoyment and understanding of both works. Here, I look at what the Guthrie Theater has on stage. Familiar (through April 14) was written by Danai […]

Roll Out the Rainbow Carpet

GLBT films bring pride to the annual Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival. The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF) is returning to celebrate 37 years of talented international filmmakers. MSPIFF has something for everyone, and […]

A Word In Edgewise: Scholem Asch in the Bardo

Paula Vogel’s Indecent was conceived in 1906, when Scholem Asch penned God of Vengeance. The furor it caused in 1923 reverberated through time into the hands of Vogel and co-creator Rebecca Taichman, who each had read it […]

Skirting The Issues: Idealism Buoyed Hundredfold: Part 2

Last month, I wrote about my plan to travel across the South to speak about hope with the goal of figuring out if my idealism actually means anything. I took that trip. Over the course […]

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, […]

Skirting The Issues: Idealist or Naïve: Part I

My official biography lists that I’m a “hopeless idealist.” Often when I’m introduced to audiences, the person making the introduction points this out about me, smiling as they do so. I’m never quite sure whether […]

2017 World AIDS Day Breakfast – December 1

All photos courtesy of Kareem Murphy.

Skirting the Issues: Ordinary Heroes

What makes for a hero? I’m talking real-life, human-inspiring heroes; not ones that social media manufactures or people to whom others latch on to because of their fame or money. Think humans who stand up […]

A Word In Edgewise: Thar’s Gold in Them Thar Stars

It took a hundred years for technology to prove Einstein’s prediction of the existence of magnetic waves. Now, centuries after alchemists labored to create gold from base metals, after scientists determined that gold itself was […]

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