Category Archives: human rights

Borrowed Time and Gratitude

Tomorrow, March 13, I turn 55.  Not a huge milestone, but it makes me eligible for a number of ‘senior’ discounts, and to move into the trailer park down the hill.  It also means that likely I’m pretty well into the second half … Continue reading

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Learning from the Past, Leading for the Future

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it“–George Satayana When Deborah Cheetham was a young girl, her family was torn apart. They were torn apart for the crime of being Yorta Yorta Aboriginals in Australia in the mid-20th century.  Taken … Continue reading

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Choosing a Positive Path

Yesterday and today, I heard three different news threads that got me thinking about how people work to effect change. The stories really accentuated different approaches to advocating one’s position.  The first was a rehash and update of the furor over … Continue reading

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Rush of Judgment

I don’t know what Rush Limbaugh’s upbringing was like as a child, but somewhere along the way he lost all sense of shame. He regularly equates people to Nazis, is broadly misogynistic, and makes racist characterizations all the while playing the ‘Who? … Continue reading

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Doing the Right Thing

“The time is always right to do what is right.’  Martin Luther King, Jr. Today Washington State joined a short but growing list of states that recognize that the right to marry extends to same sex couples, as well as heterosexual … Continue reading

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Winning Graciously

Now comes the hard part, for most of us.  Yesterday I wrote about the poor leadership shown by the Susan G. Komen Foundation in cutting off funds for Planned Parenthood; funds used to perform cancer screenings, often for those who … Continue reading

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Marriage Equality, and Apples and Oranges

Yin and Yang for me the past couple of days. First, thanks to the Washington State Legislature for passing the marriage equality bill in Olympia this evening. Nice change from the days of Washington State passing the ‘Defense of Marriage … Continue reading

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