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My visit to the stuffed animal petting zoo

Once upon a time in Austin TX, 37th Street was a place of magic and miracles. A short little street tucked behind businesses on Guadalupe, it was unremarkable in every way until December. That’s when every house on the street hung hundreds of strands of Christmas lights to and fro, up and down and around and around.…


Just past the halfway mark…

It’s November 17th, and the month is a little more than half over. For a writer that can only mean one thing… NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), also known as the month in which writers nearly go insane, is also half over. We have willingly accepted the challenge to craft a new novel of at…

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Ferguson: Ten Bloggers Speak Out

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Many details about the violent death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, remain unclear. What is beyond doubt is the intensity of reactions to this story — in the media and in neighborhoods all over the US (and beyond). Here are ten personal perspectives on this event and its aftermath, from writers representing a diverse cross-section of the…


Tear Gas and the Spark of Change

In the debate that rages about Michael Brown’s shooting and the ongoing violence and protests in Ferguson, we should grab this opportunity to acknowledge and confront the racism that still exists in America. If we can do so, then his death, and the subsequent violence, will not have been in vain.


Ferguson: History repeating itself

Watching the news from Ferguson, MO, I think to growing up in the area of the recent violence as well as my studies of racial injustice, and consider how history has a way of repeating itself because we as humans do not do enough to end oppression and discrimination.