Off You Go
Hey little one Off you go. Days of new friends, new places, new studies. May the world unfold for you in kindness and grace, And you respond in kind. *Be well. Do good work. Stay in touch. There is a place for you here. *Purloined from Garrison Keillor, A Prarie Home Companion
I Left my Heart in Sarasota
Your last day home before we leave for college You laugh All afternoon. Friends stop by to say “fare well” Haven’s here helping; You’re so ready for this And enjoying this day like most of your days. Your laughter breaks into my ponderous moments its lightness full on. Natural. Real. Searingly beautiful.
september 12, ten plus one
this breeze sweet against the skin rocking this high desert rockmeadow. bunny nibbling in the shadow of a spiny succulent you might keep in a pot at your city apartment here full blown, ancient, deep rooted. red boulders piled or standing, sentinel, yes, silent wise old scrub pines weave a wall an open border against the next field. goldenrods whisper commentary into this breeze ...
Haiku: Me & Eric Watch the Game
You make the salsa. Cold beer. Wry commentary: Groans. Laughs. Shouts. Quiet.
Rising Up; A Death in Pennsylvania
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Lingua Progressiva VII - stardust
New Frames for Progressive Discourse By Juli Davidson February 22, 2011 So I said to myself after posting Lingua Progressiva blog III—repetition, “hello… seven chapters ought to do it.” Seven. It’s a nice, prime, sacred number. Seven days a week. Seven menorah candles. Seventh son of a seventh son. Five kids in my family of origin – two parents – means seven of us stuffed into that...
Lingua Progressiva VI - epiphany
New Frames for Progressive Discourse By Juli Davidson February 18, 2011 Last night I saw “Race to Nowhere,” the thought-provoking if one-sided documentary about our plummeting education results compared with the rest of the world. It showed that over the last two decades, we have dictated to teachers what they can teach and how they can teach it. Our Millennial kids might better be named...
Lingua Progressiva V - healing
By Juli Davidson February 11, 2011 Namaste. The holy in me honors the holy in you. Namaste to anyone choosing to read this. Yes, I even say this to Bill Maher, the atheist comedy news hound who is driven by righteous indignation. He’s got the humor and passion that makes life in a community of progressives completely bearable. I honor that holy passion. Namaste, Bill. POINTS OF ORDER VS....
Lingua Progressiva IV - brokenness
New Frames for Progressive Discourse February 3, 2011 “The conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience,” said a wise man in 1961. “The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government. “ The total influence—economic, political, even spiritual?...
Why a series on Lingua Progressiva? A Preview
With conservative voices in sync on talk radio and the halls of Congress, from Governor’s mansions to tea party bumper stickers, a powerful opinion set is available 24/7 to all Americans. The conservative opinion is clear, well expressed and brilliantly disseminated. The progressives only dream of such a simple, unambiguous message from the left. Why do I take on this...
Lingua Progressiva III - repetition
New Frames for Progressive Discourse January 31, 2011 I misspoke. When I called Grover Norquist a “spin doctor” in the first installment of Lingua Progressiva, I was being lazy. The guy is a “framing genius.” The point is, framing precedes effective policy. Spin is always post-policy. The influence of language on the mindset and...
If our government of, by and for the people is cut to ribbons, we will still be...– George Lakoff, online editorial 12.14.10 [HEADER FOR LINGUA PROGRESSIVA II]
Lingua Progressiva II - mindset
New Frames for Progressive Discourse January 25, 2011 The act of “framing” a discussion, a debate, even a conversation, requires knowing where you stand. If you don’t believe a person’s difficult choices are his own or her own, then don’t pick up the frame “pro-life” and argue against yourself. If I use the words “pro-life” as I argue against the classic “pro-life” position, it will push the...
Lingua Progressiva I - governance
New Frames for Progressive Discourse By Juli Davidson With grateful thanks to George Lakoff’s Untellable Truths 12.14.10; and to John Philip Newell, Ancient Wisdom Points to New Harmony, 1.14-15.11 January 22, 2011 To the frustration of many with progressive yearnings, the Republicans are the...