Letters / Essays

Dusk Therapy

Essay – Dusk Therapy (By Barbara DeMarco-Barrett)

“Dusk Therapy” I parked near the cabin just a few feet from a sheer drop and set the emergency break so a quick jolt—an earthquake, a strong wind—wouldn’t send the car careening over the cliff. I was expectant, but also ...
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poor and elderly - soup kitchen meals

Essay – A Stranger in the Soup Kitchen Spills the Beans (By Donal Mahoney)

A Stranger in the Soup Kitchen Spills the Beans I have a friend, old and retired, who keeps busy helping the poor. Let's call him Ted because he wants to remain anonymous. Some of his ideas, he says, wouldn’t make many of ...
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Dinner Table

Essay – Long Before ISIS (By Donal Mahoney)

Long Before ISIS   Thirty years ago, long before ISIS started executing Kurds, Muslims and Christians, I hired a Pakistani Muslim as an art director in Chicago. I was an Irish Catholic editor putting out a small national magazine. I ...
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Essay – Meeting Dad Again (By Donal Mahoney)

■ Meeting Dad Again by Donal Mahoney My father emigrated from Ireland to the United States in the early 1920s. He had been released from Spike Island by the English who "occupied" Ireland at that time. Spike Island was the ...
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Essay – This Little Piggy Went to Markets (By Mankh)

“I can't stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can a rude remark or a vulgar action.” Blanche DuBois, in A Streetcar Named Desire Rarely if ever, anymore, do I hear people say they have some “marketing” to ...
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Essay – In God They Tru$t (By Mankh)

In God They Tru$t “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to ...
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Essay – The Genocide Under the Rug: travelogue (By Mankh)

Part of the mission statement of the Lakota Grandmothers Truth Tour reads: “Wagunpi Woashake Ikickupi (Lakota Elders Take Back Their Strength) is a grassroots movement to end the genocide of the Lakota people and support the full renewal of matriarchal ...
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Essay – The Play’s The Thing (By Mankh)

This is a case where the law is as dangerous to us as the criminals.” - Sherlock Holmes to Dr. Watson in “The Second Stain” Prelude: The stage depicts a halcyon summer day, except that in the background are two ...
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Essay – Global Consciousness Pie Chart (By Mankh)

PIECE #1 Many human beings spend a lot of time online. Some look to self-educate as well as connect with others worldwide. The number of internet users from 2000 to 2012 increased over 2 billion. Yet those online are only ...
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Why Poor People’s Bad Decisions Make Perfect Sense

There's no way to structure this coherently. They are random observations that might help explain the mental processes. But often, I think that we look at the academic problems of poverty and have no idea of the why. We know ...
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