Strange Critters in Denial

Regardless of the outcome on November 8, the American people are going to be faced with an administration that must not be indulged with a honeymoon. We must be ready to fight either President Clinton or President Trump, but such efforts will be in vain unless we face some harsh reality about ourselves. I have […]

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The good news? Local Green Party gets media coverage. The bad news? It wasn’t local media.

The Arizona Daily Star‘s lack of coverage of the local Green Party candidates certainly reached the lowest of all possible low points when, in their list of candidate endorsements and races published in their Sunday, October 8th edition, they labeled the Legislative District 3 House race as being “uncontested,” i.e. that in this “choose two […]

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Appointment in Samarra (a poem)

Appointment in Samarra by David Ray “An appointment in Samarra” meant that you could not fool Mr. Death, that you flew to Samarra to avoid him in Paris or Chicago, but ran into him there where all along he intended to find you, had planned it from day one. I find Samarra on the map […]

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The image is a reproduction of the first view of trapped, but later rescued, miners in the San Jose Mine near Copiapo, Chile. The image was captured from a video taken with a Chilean Government video camera. In the Pike River Mine disaster that occurred in New Zealand three months later, in which 29 miners died, there is no such image and to this day the bodies have still not been recovered.

Underground (a poem)

Underground by Judy Ray  In Chile and New Zealand, 2010   A rumble too loud, a silence too long. Families gather at the mine, and in surrounding desert a media tent city springs. Underground there is no glow to tell how night prolongs the day. They will be called heroes, champions, these miners in the […]

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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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Nogales: Story Tellers in Cartel Country (review)

There is a rare and wonderful feeling when you know you have witnessed something remarkable live onstage. That is the punch Borderlands Theater delivers with Nogales: Story Tellers in Cartel Country. It’s not only that you have just watched Richard Montoya, accomplished playwright and actor, in a brilliant interpretation of Sheriff Joe Arpaio (spoiler alert: […]

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