Only kindness matters

I have been thinking a lot about kindness. You know, me and Jewel.

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The rhetoric of harm

Someone on facebook posted a link to You Are Triggering Me! The Neo-Liberal Rhetoric of Harm, Danger and Trauma. It's by Jack Haberstam, someone I don't know, but I liked a lot of the essay, and I linked to it, saying the following:

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This week in Saint Paul: Speaking of summer July 7–13, 2014

I am already feeling nostalgic for summer, for some good reasons and for reasons that are, well, the sepia-colored-glasses–type of recalling. We sure have had our share of rain, and like life, sometimes that rain brings flooding and other disaster. Maybe it’s time to sing the Blues, or maybe it’s time to see what is happening on the town. Be sure to check out our Almanac arts calendar.

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Am I proud of America?

We could see the St. Paul fireworks clearly from our livingroom, plus two more distant fireworks. Very nice. We did not like the two rockets set off in the street next to our building by some idiot, which wizzed up and exploded just above us. Another idiot was continuously yelling, maybe in response to the fireworks, though it sounded as if he were saying, 'I am here. For God's sake notice me.' I like fireworks, though I don't go out of my way to see them.

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Flood sketching and a modest/awesome riverfront proposal

Roberta and I did a lot of sketching of the flooding in Downtown Saint Paul. We wanted to document the changing landscape as water gradually replaced land. There’s a slideshow of our flood sketches at the PiPress. Here’s one of the sketches I did from the Robert Street Bridge of the Port of Saint Paul’s Lowertown Landing submerged beneath the roiling Mississippi River [above].

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7 symbols of home

I enjoy the work of Gretchen Rubin– the happiness guru who packages ideas about living well in tidy lists and chapters. Maybe that sounds kind of treacly, but because she is up front about her own limits, bad habits and preferences, the reader may embrace his or her own preferences, recognize limits, and challenge – and even change – bad habits that contribute to crankiness and a less joyful life.

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Lonesome Valley: Orphaned kittens complicate summer

With the warmer weather, I was really starting to like retirement. I was enjoying breakfast outside on the patio while other people were rushing off to work. I was working daily in my garden, off and on during the day, cooking something on the grill, and maybe catching a movie in the evening. That was all before Frosty, Smokey, Stormy, Stripy, and Spotty took over my life.

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Gratitude for America on the 4th of July

The Fourth of July used to mean a BBQ with friends, then fireworks later in the night (if I could stand the Minnesota mosquitos). Some time in the past few years, however, my husband Bryan has taken over the way we celebrate so that we can teach our kids how grateful we are to live freely as Jews in this country. It’s not that we don’t feel that gratitude during other times of the year, but the Fourth of July is the most natural time to express it.

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Compulsory death

Because “freedom” is as American as God and apple pie, it’s surprising that the editors of the MIT Technology Review have not been charged with treason. In one of the MIT articles titled “Hacking the Soul,” Gabriel Kreiman, neuroscientist at Harvard Medical School, says that studies suggest, “all actions are the result of neural computations and nothing more.” So “there is nothing really free about free will.”

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This week in Saint Paul: Monday, June 30–Sunday, July 06, 2014

Wow! We made it through our TV Takeover. Thanks to everyone who came to the party and everyone who saw our edition on the airwaves. Kudos to anyone who made it to last week’s Lowertown Reading Jam, Soul Sounds Open Mic and Almanac’s TV Takeover. We love the support. We love showing off Saint Paul in all its glory and the panorama of stories that make our town great.

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