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 I never thought I would hear myself say this, but I am now totally grateful for all the hours I have spent watching episodes of “Bob the Builder” on television and DVD with my nephews when they were little. Who is “Bob the Builder,” you ask? Well, you can only ask that question if you haven’t raised or been...
There is no escaping the national and global significance of the Occupy movements in New York, Oakland, and elsewhere. This is especially true for those of us who encounter Occupy events daily as witnesses or participants. Politico recently reported that since the advent of Occupy Wall Street there has been a dramatic spike in the use of the...
The latest 5 car pileup on the information superhighway is a column called “If I was a poor black kid.”  Naturally it’s written by a white, middle-aged, technology reporter for Forbes, because … well, of course.  It’s advice from writer Gene Marks on how urban poor minority juveniles can use technology to...
The holidays are here, as if you have not noticed the cheery songs singing of happiness, joy, presents and Santa Claus. This is time when many people are planning trips to visit family and putting together plans for some food and drink filled celebrations. Even during this time of gatherings with families or families of choice, there those who of...
Does the fear of death, your death, whether physical, emotional or spiritual, influence your political and community decisions? It may, according to a theory that has renewed interest in our very uncertain times. Terror management theory was introduced in 1973 by anthropologist Ernest Becker. In his book The Denial of Death, he suggested that all...
A recent article in the Sunday New York Times Style section discussed the issue of sleepless middle-aged women.  The piece, entitled,  “Mother’s New Little Helper—What gets many women through stressful days?  A little pill they take at night” was a little misleading.  Yes, it’s true that the use of...
I happen to be on a plane right now bound for New York.   I’m trying to figure out what it is that I go through every time I choose to get on a plane.  Flying is very necessary for me.  I won’t stop doing it.  I need to go visit my family and friends wherever they may be.  I would rather be beamed to my...
November 2, 2011 This is the date of the first general strike in Oakland since 1946 and the world was watching as 1000’s of people headed out to the plaza then marched on the Port in four separate waves. Much of the day was peaceful. The day was filled with speakers, sharing, networking, community support, food, community and marches. The...
I have just met Dasein. No, not just the ordinary run-of-the-mill average Being-in-the-World Dasein we’ve come to know and hyphenate simply because we are beings who necessarily must relate to our World. No, this is real, honest-to-whatever-higher-power-you-may-or-may-not-believe-in Dasein. The kind of Dasein for whom its Being would be...
One of the key tenants of Existentialism – and one of the key lessons of life – is that you have to accept the consequences of your actions. Ducking responsibility can only last so long, and inevitably makes things worse. Even if you “get away” with it socially you’re scarred by it psychologically, living with a sense...
I was not aware of SlutWalks until I listened to Marty Moss-Coane of Radio Times on WHYY Radio interview two women about the SlutWalk scheduled for Philadelphia that occurred on August 6th.  SlutWalks started in April in Toronto when women reacted to advice given by a police officer that “Women should avoid dressing like sluts in order...
Questions about work are ubiquitous in Western culture because in many ways we equate “work” with “self.”  We don’t ask children “who do you want to be when you grow up?” we ask them “what do you want to do when you grow up?”  Similarly, when we first meet someone we are more likely...