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Laws and Orders

The death here in Minnesota of George Floyd has sparked world-wide protests against police brutality and racism, with people demanding new laws and orders to protect every person’s civil rights.  History has shown that “law and order” political leaders such … Continue reading

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Asian – American Heroes, Hopes, and Hurts

This is an important time to look at graphic works depicting Asian-American heroes, hopes, and hurts. The Covid-19 pandemic has spread some virulent ideas along with its deadly virus. Once-common stereotypes and fears about Asian–Americans, in particular Chinese-Americans, have flared … Continue reading

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On the Brink

On the brink of a new year, I have been thinking of medieval explorers at the brink of unknown seas or lands.  “Here be dragons or lions,” their mapmakers warned.  As we enter 2020 here in the U.S., the little … Continue reading

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Moments to Remember

Private or public, some moments are seared into memory.  I thought of this last month as images of Notre Dame blazed in the news.  Its toppling spire also brought New York City’s falling Twin Towers to mind.  Those images from … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays? Family Woes and Wins

Santa Claus may not be this season’s biggest holiday myth.  A more troubling fantasy here in North America may be the myth of the perfectly happy, affluent family—one celebrating its winter holidays with big smiles in a bright, cheerful home … Continue reading

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In War and Peace

What happens when peacetime resembles war?  I will be pondering this question in coming weeks as we celebrate Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month here in the U.S.A. This year there will be a special focus on the … Continue reading

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Carrying a Torch for Miss Liberty

Watch out for the acetylene torch!  This Valentine’s Day, “carrying a torch” holds new meanings for me.  Besides being an old-fashioned term for infatuation, it brings literal torches to mind.  I am a student in a course in “Balanced Sculpture,” with … Continue reading

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After the Brussels Bombings: Rethinking Heroes and Villains

This is not the blog post I had planned to write on April Fools’ Day.  But reverberations from the recent Brussels bombings (and now the Lahore attacks) shifted my attention, compelling me back to 9/11 and its explosions.  Read on. … Continue reading

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Cracking Codes and Making History: Then and Now

What connects award-winning graphic author/illustrator Gene Luen Yang and film luminary Orson Welles?   Both have cracked codes—figuratively, and in Yang’s case literally, too—and made history.  Welles did this back in the 1930s and 40s, when kids sometimes thought that access … Continue reading

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Jews, Muslims, Christians: The Rabbi’s Cat Speaks

A skinny, big-eyed cat stands out among the responses cartoonists world-wide  drew to last month’s  terrorist attacks on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery store in Paris.  Sixteen people were slaughtered and others injured—all to honor those … Continue reading

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