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One Weekend

One of the things I regularly do is look at news online. This morning I saw that a man had been shot and killed in a hotel parking lot in my city of Madison, Wisconsin. It doesn’t happen often here, … Continue reading

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Bobby Lee and Me

Bobby Lee McClung has been on my mind a lot lately. I have been thinking about race and racism a lot lately. Bobby Lee came to visit my home town in southwestern Wisconsin when I was a kid and an … Continue reading

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Paths to Healing Press Release (2014)

For the second consecutive year several Wisconsin organizations have partnered to put together a one-day conference on surviving childhood sex abuse that will be held this year from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel in Madison on Thursday, June … Continue reading

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Letter to Scott Walker on Same-Sex Marriage

Dear Governor Walker, In today’s paper you are quoted as saying that your position on same-sex marriage is irrelevant. “My position has been clear. I voted in the past. It doesn’t really matter.” You do realize that you are the … Continue reading

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Letter to the LaFayette County Clerk

On Friday, June 7, Judge Barbara Crabb ruled Wisconsin’s Constitutional same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. She didn’t do a very good job of guidance for what that meant, but by Thursday morning, June 12, all but nine of Wisconsin’s 72 counties … Continue reading

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Of Course

Last Friday afternoon Judge Barbara Crabb handed down a ruling that Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, opening the door for same-sex couples to start marrying in my home state of Wisconsin. Within a short time couples were gathering … Continue reading

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Love Wins

On Friday a federal judge overturned Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage and on Friday night and all day Saturday same-sex couples got married at the City/County building in Madison and at the courthouse in Milwaukee. On Sunday morning I am … Continue reading

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Wrap Around the Capitol Speech

I was asked to give a speech at Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s annual Wrap Around the Capitol event, held as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Here is the speech I delivered. Good afternoon. I stand here before you … Continue reading

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Voices of Courage Closing Remarks

I was invited to give the closing remarks at the Voices of Courage luncheon, an annual event honoring those working in the sexual assault field. The event is sponsored by the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Here is what I … Continue reading

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Silver Sobriety

25 years. Today marks 25 years since my last drink. There was a time when 25 hours without a drink was pretty much impossible for me. Now it has been 25 years. On past anniversaries I have recounted the bad … Continue reading

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The Power of Song

In honor of the third anniversary of the Solidarity Sing Along. There is power in a song. Music can change the world. Art in its myriad forms can change the world. It can threaten the status quo and instill fear … Continue reading

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God’s Behind the Door

Recently my mother turned 89. It won’t surprise me if she makes it to 90 or 95, although I have already responded to several phone calls over the last couple years that left me in tears thinking that she was … Continue reading

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