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This past week has given us more hope for our diseased republic than any other time in 50+ years of paying attention. Observing and participating in a long-overdue peaceful uprising, occupying the streets, feeling the righteous energy of people of all ages, colors, faiths, and wealth (or lack thereof), has renewed our belief in the power of compassion and empathy.
That these two essential components in any loving human being appear to be conspicuously absent in our soon-to-be-ousted President isn’t surprising to anyone, for the man’s lack of self-love manifests itself in the ugliest ways on a daily basis. His entire reign — indeed, his entire public life — is a grand satire of “American Values” taken to their absurd end. Therefore even when he and his porcine Attorney General order non-violent protesters to be “dispersed” with pepper spray and other chemical weapons so Mr. Great can enjoy a deeply…
Orginally posted on June 23, 2020
Exploring the fascinating (and disturbing) connection between an obsession with “true crime” television and one chronically ill woman’s serial surgeries and medical emergencies, Marcia Trahan’s bravely honest memoir Mercy compels readers to consider the omnipresent violence — both literal and figurative — visited upon women’s bodies. Not a jolly subject, right? Surprisingly, Trahan’s telling of her...