I wanted to write about how dreams only last about 3 seconds a piece, but they seem way longer, and so maybe your dreams come equipped with a set of memories causing it to seem as though the action of the dream has gone on for far longer. It’d be like if you were just … More Trans People Don’t Need Your Input.
(Originially published on July 25th, 2013) Carl Sagan was of the opinion that the best thing in the world, as a human being on Earth, is coming to understand the universe, or at least parts of it. The reason why the process of science, which just is the process of coming to understand the universe, … More “Cosmos” by Carl Sagan
I was recently at a Roll for Justice rally in support of Black Lives Matter. The speaker said, and I am paraphrasing, “People are mad about us protesting, rioting, burning buildings. Have any of them thought about how they would feel to be descended from people who were bought, mutilated, raped, and murdered without consequence?” … More Defund the Police.
Since at least 1500 BCE (more than a thousand years before Socrates and Plato would be sitting around the agora) the Muscogee had an established society throughout the Southwest of the United States. They existed as a confederacy, with towns throughout their domain given autonomy. They lived like this for over 3,000 years. In the … More Justice for Muscogee (Creek) Nation
(Originally published on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016, the day after Donald Trump won the electoral college, while losing the popular vote by almost 3,000,000 votes) ‘”This isn’t some village. This is Kabul. Women here used to practice law and medicine; they held office in the government’… “…Men wielding pickaxes swarmed the dilapidated Kabul Museum and smashed pre-Islamic … More “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini
At the very beginning of every single school day, students are asked to pledge their allegiance to the flag of the United States, and acknowledge the existence of a god in doing so. My informal argument for why this is problematic follows. We teach students, or at least we ought to, to take their words … More Stop Making Kids Pledge Their Allegiance To The Flag.
(Originally published on Monday, June 18th, 2018) My library account is currently suspended because of this book. Well, that’s not entirely fair. It’s suspended because I haven’t returned the book. Not really fair to blame it. Someone put a hold on this book after I checked it out and I have not yet checked it … More “Tulalip From My Heart” by Harriette Shelton Dover
“Today I take Matthew, my younger son, to the Sierras; or we glide in a skiff on the bay a few miles away, across the flats, and he watches stingrays scatter like bats; or to the giant in-shore kelp forest, richly populated with fish larger than men. Over the edge of the boat, peering down … More “The Last Child in the Woods” by Richard Louv
Juneteenth I just finished reading “A Brief History of Time” by Stephen Hawking. The amount of information this slim book contains is staggering. I’m really grateful it’s in a book, actually, since my brain struggles to retain anything books are where I keep most of my information. The book touches on many subjects that fit … More “A Brief History of Time” by Stephen Hawking