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Wisconsin Asshats

Dear Scott Fitzgerald and Robin Vos, The nicest thing I can say about the two of you is that you are asshats. After years in the Wisconsin Legislature as waterboys for the Koch Brothers and the American Legislative Exchange Council … Continue reading

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Dunleavy’s Folly

“To encourage literature and the arts is a duty which every good citizen owes to his country.”–George Washington “I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, … Continue reading

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Paths to Healing Keynote Speech

At this year’s Paths to Healing conference on male survivors of child sex assault I was the keynote speaker. This is the text of the speech I delivered today. Good morning. I’d like to start by thanking Chris Taylor, who … Continue reading

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Bolton Refuge House Fall Gala Speech

I was invited by Bolton Refuge House to be their keynote speaker at their annual Fall Gala. Bolton is the oldest domestic violence shelter in the state and is located in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. They also provide services for sexual … Continue reading

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Heroes

  On Friday I was invited to speak at a performance of Are We Delicious?/Musical Heroes. The company had invited audience members to nominate “local heroes” and then invited four to speak between pieces at the event. This is what … Continue reading

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Disposable

I have been thinking lately about our disposable world and how virtually everything in it is designed to be used and tossed. Maybe I’m getting old and waxing nostalgic for a simpler time, or maybe for some reason I’m just … 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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Peace on Earth

In the Christian tradition this is among the holiest of eves. But one does not have to be a Christian to appreciate the man of peace who was Jesus. If one simply takes him at face value, as a man … Continue reading

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Redskins and Whities

Maybe I’m being overly simplistic about this but it seems to me that if I’m using a term and someone points out to me that it is offensive I would stop using that term out of respect for our common … Continue reading

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Dear Tom

Dear Tom, I finally unfriended you on Facebook. I’m sorry, but I simply do not want to be friends with someone like you any more. You know I tried. When I would post items that promoted my political point-of-view you … Continue reading

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Living in Peace

Nature has always been where I find my peace. So when I look for peace in a violent world and I look to nature I am greeted with the fact that the rest of nature is as violent as the … Continue reading

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Poverty

Today I saw a sight that ripped straight to the core of my humanity.  In a steady rain an apparently homeless woman walked down the driveway from the Wisconsin State Capitol.  At the bottom of the driveway she stopped, then knelt … Continue reading

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