Friends whose family I can’t meet – racists in the family 12

Turns out I have friends who have racists in the family. About 30 or so years ago, I worked with a vivacious and gregarious woman (White) at Boston City Hospital right before it became the Boston Medical Center.  She was moving from Dorchester to a house she had in South […]

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Anyone but you (Trump) 2

Any place but here Anyone but you Any time ‘cept now Lord, please help me through. No place but here No one but you No time ‘cept now This is also true. by Candelaria Silva-Collins, November 9, 2016  


Inventology: how we dream up things that change the world 6

What inspires people to invent things especially the inventions that are so obvious once they are created?  What inspires people who invent things that are not obvious – like the cell phone, the computer, or the 3D printer?  Can the curiosity and dogged determination of many of the inventors featured […]

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No One Comes from Nothing _ Stop Saying This!

“I came from nothing.”  “S/he came from nothing.”  I hear this phrase applied or self-described regularly when someone who has made an achievement noteworthy enough to make the news recounts the journey.  It is a convenient sound bite and it drives me coo-coo plus it just isn’t true. Stop saying […]


The 13th – Director Ava DuVernay’s documentary for Netflix 2

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. —The 13th Amendment, passed by Congress on January 31, 1865, ratified by the states on December 6, 1865 […]

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In despair about disparities 5

So, you’ve invited to the meeting, convening, conversation or whatever the hell  it’s being called this time – Striving for Social Justice, Calling out Inequalities,  Candid  Conversations, City-wide Dialogues,..Sometimes the event is public. Other times it is by special invitation. You’ve been hand-selected to attend.  (What will the door prize […]