Category Archives: Portland

On Manchester

My heart bleeds for those people who, finding refuge in music, were killed and maimed. My mind immediately goes to our beautiful, excitable little girl who is a huge fan of pop music generally. She easily could have been one of the kids who died, had it taken place in a different setting. It kills […]

A few quick notes on writing for a paper

A few quick notes on writing for a paper [blogging and writing a column]: For the most part, I stopped reading the comments a long time ago. It’s way better for my health. I’m not looking to debate with people looking to debate. I’ll only look if the subject of a post of column is […]

Rest well, Chris Cornell

For a young, sensitive kid from Southwestern Maine, with next to no access to underground culture, glimpses of alternative possibilities, realities and ways of being came by way of the freaks who somehow happened to make their way into the mainstream. Grunge was such a huge part of that for me. And so in a lot […]

LePage’s meltdown deflects from his own culpability

= If you’re looking for worthwhile commentary on LePage in the broader context of race, Shay Stewart-Bouley has already expertly delved into this. You can read her recent posts here and here. But this is one thing that’s been bothering me since last week’s meltdown. What strikes me about each of these explosions is that no matter […]

Mr. Trump: Please devote part of your visit to the youth. [Guest Post]

My friend David Thete, a young activist and organizer, wrote the following open letter to Donald Trump regarding the presidential candidate’s rally later this afternoon. Thete, who is soon bound for Morehouse College, is young, bright and extraordinarily passionate about justice and the fate of the youth. I’d love to see Mr. Trump take David […]

On Sanders’ endorsement

I don’t buy the “Bernie or Bust” tantrum. I offer the following as someone who has been a Bernie Sanders fanatic since meeting him back in 2006, and working in proximity to his Senate campaign that same year. Bernie is the candidate I most wanted to win the 2016 Democratic nomination, which is the same thing […]