Category Archives: Arts

DAKOTA 38 + 2

The day after Christmas, Dec. 26, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln ordered the largest execution in United States history — the hanging of 38 Dakota (Sioux) men. At the heart of this is the genocide and land theft of the tribal … Continue reading

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Cups of Light

Writing about Harold Feinstein and flowers yesterday reminded me of the following story about the Glick Public Art Project, and the photo of tulips I submitted. At the time I was working at Riley Hospital for Children, part of Indiana … Continue reading

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Be Vulnerable

[Note: with multiple disasters occurring now, and since environmental devastation has been a focus of my life, its hard not to write about these unfolding disasters. But what is important to me, what I am led to think about now, … Continue reading

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Love Thy Neighbor, No Exceptions

Yesterday I wrote about the student demonstrations for Black Lives Matter at Simpson College. I think it was a great idea of my friend, Rezadad Mohammadi, to bring a #Love Thy Neighbor (No Exceptions) sign to the rally. Those signs … Continue reading

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Chadwick Boseman

I didn’t know why I was so saddened to learn of the death of Chadwick Boseman. But I began to understand why as I listened to so many share their beautiful stories of how he affected them, even those who … Continue reading

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Radicalize the Vote!

Seeding Sovereignty has been working on getting out the vote in Indian Country. One of the programs is SHIFT the Narrative, a live, online interview series that covers different aspects of Indigenous political engagement and current issues in Indian Country … Continue reading

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All that we are is story

Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative) is holding our Annual Session this weekend. In this age of the COVID-19 pandemic, we, as so many others, are using Zoom (an online meeting app) to connect with each other. When we resume, we re-Zoom. … Continue reading

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Josiah Helland plays the flute

I have met Josiah Helland on a few occasions in Indianapolis. One was at the wedding of our mutual friends Brandi Herron and Joshua Taflinger. I had recently retired, but I rode the bus from Iowa so I could attend … Continue reading

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Juneteenth

Juneteenth (a portmanteau of June and nineteenth;[2] also known as Freedom Day,[3]Jubilee Day,[4] and Liberation Day[5]) is a Texas state holiday celebrated annually on the 19th of June in the United States to commemorate Union army general Gordon Granger announcing federal orders in the city of Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, proclaiming that all slaves in Texas were now free.[6] Although the Emancipation Proclamation had … Continue reading

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Peace and Social Concerns

We are living in a time of great upheaval, related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the massive demonstrations demanding the eradication of systemic racism. And more generally to restore our social contract to serve everyone, to change an economic and … Continue reading

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