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Are Billionaire Foundations Dumbing Down Our Public Library?

It all started innocently enough. I and some other members of the Tucson Chapter of the National Writers Union had been noticing that books which we’d been intending to or had already read — written by some very established international and “mid-list” literary authors — were disappearing from our public library’s shelves to, it seemed, […]

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Nine Lives

My interspecies family and I are coexisting peacefully in a 1350 square foot residence. There are eight feline housemates in various “shades of gray” roaming in the main living space; nine semi­-feral felines hanging out in a separate 10′ x 20′ enclosed porch with an added den area; one red Pekingese pooch snooping sneakily into […]

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Revolutionary Grounds in Danger of Grinding to a Halt

For Tucson to lose “a space for freedom-loving, progressive, anarchist, communist, socialist, free-thinking, environmentalist, queer, book-loving, human rights, coffee and tea drinking . . . vegan, gluten-free . . . animal rights . . . peacenik, revolutionary activists . . .” would be a dirty shame. Revolutionary Grounds, respite to all connected to the above […]

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Trials of a Cat Lady

Wrenched from a bond with their families, there is a population of animals in Tucson now languishing in cages, awaiting adoption or death. Often the cause is their human companions’ homelessness. I have seen the forlorn eyes and agitated pacing of innocent creatures confined at Pima County Animal Care and The Humane Society. Estrangement from […]

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Story Land: The Write Place to Be

Adding significantly to Tucson’s “cool quotient” is January’s launch of The Write Place: Story Land at the former offices of architect Paul Weiner. Tucson joins the likes of New York, London, Nashville, and Santa Monica with this start-up haven for writers. Writer and entrepreneur Cecily Crebbs nursed this idea for a few decades, since she […]

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Bear Camp Proposal

The City of Tucson, under the leadership of Council Member Richard Fimbres, has been hosting monthly meetings to address some of the ongoing struggles with providing safe, decent housing for all of us. At the same time, Council Member Karin Uhlich and her staff have been investigating some housing options that are being used in […]

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