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I grew up in the 70s, which means that I had a lot of free time because daytime TV sucked. Also, my momma didn’t pay real close attention to what I did, so I could be out of the house and half way across town after feeding myself a bowl of not-terribly-nutritious cereal, because the only meal my mother ever fixed was dinner. This feral existence was firmly established by the time I was four.

We moved around a fair bit because my dad was in the army. It was a good…


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Our family enjoys a good horror film, and if it has a strong supernatural element, all the better. For one thing, it’s entertaining. For another, depending on the subject matter and if it’s well done, it can be useful as spiritual instruction. So let’s dive in.

We recently watched “The Conjuring” movies, which are loosely based on true stories from the work of Ed and Lorraine Warren. They were a married couple who investigated supernatural phenomena and helped people who were plagued by bad hauntings and demonic activity. …


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My main topic today is the debt cycle and bankruptcy. This is a topic that Americans have, like Pavlov’s dogs, been trained to view with revulsion and disdain, because a person has to have truly fucked up to place themselves in such a situation. Bankruptcy equals failure, and Americans hate failure, unless the person filing bankruptcy was a millionaire already. Trump’s bankruptcies barely rate a mention. …


Well, you know, the US can't possibly invest in itself and wage war on the world's brown people simultaneously. The Pentagon budget is the elephant in the room.


I want to discuss a topic that is a challenge for all of us, but particularly here in the United States, where we seem to be doing a fine job of dismantling our government and way of life with the help of right-wing media and a handful of bored Russians. And that is: how do we move forward with half of the nation hating the other half? In spite of the many opinion pieces that give voice to the easy feelings, this is not an easy subject. It’s easy to cheer an op-ed about the Capitol riots that basically says…


A lot of folks view the New Year as a time for resolutions, because clearly last year’s version of themselves sucked, and THIS year is an opportunity to better fit American advertising’s vision of what they should be. For this reason, I have always hated resolutions because it’s taken me a number of years to be happy with who I am, and I don’t see the need to hate on the last 12 months of myself.

Nevertheless, a New Year’s resolution was forced upon me, as it were, by an unrelenting universe that decided that December 30th was a great…


Welcome to 2021! Remember folks, 2021 is the new 2020. And you can tell after the latest attempt to kill our democracy by the Kooks of Hazzard on January 6, after Boss Orange Hogg and his sheriffs invited them all in to the Capitol building to overthrow the proceedings. And they’ve promised us more to come on January 20th.

If any of you dear readers were surprised by this insurrection, you shouldn’t be. I certainly was not. More fascinatingly, some Republicans at least appeared to be genuinely surprised by this bullshit, and that is some major head-in-the-sand avoidance right there…


When I was growing up, we had this toaster cover that someone had made by hand, and like all sorts of mundane, everyday items, it vanished and can only be seen in my memory. It looked something like this:

The main difference was that the dress on ours was some sort of gold pattern. But the hair wrap, earrings, and everything else was the same. This is the sort of object that you don’t question as a child — it’s just there — and it wasn’t until I was a lot older that I began to wonder about it. Kind…


The American roof is gold-plated, so it reflects the heat of the sun, which gets hotter every year, but the people who live just beneath it in the attic do not notice this. Their shiny roof provides good protection, they think. The attic people look out of the windows and see nothing but clear skies and rainbows. The floors are made of cool Italian marble, and the furnishings are the finest in the world. Only a few people live there, and they are content.

The floor beneath the attic appears to have solid beams, somewhat worn with time and a…


“Things have a way of working themselves out if we just remain positive.”
— Lou Holtz

Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking influenced a lot of people when it came out, and it had a particular effect on Fred Trump, Sr. and his son, Donald Trump. While I cannot argue that a sunnier disposition is often more effective than a morose one, the idea that you can force the world into conformity just by having a positive attitude is a gross oversimplification of an idea that cannot be applied in black-and-white terms. The world is a complex place…

Asha Hawkesworth

Writer, painter, cat fancier, troublemaker, democratic socialist, & antifascist.

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