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Carrying my brother’s ashes

The package was wrapped in some Mexican Day of the Dead cloth and tied with a bright woven sash. It was about ten inches square. It was very heavy. The package contained my brother, or what was left of him. My sister-in-law had already scattered half his ashes in a favorite spot out by Tampa […]

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Watching Irene

I was in Albany, N. Y. when the storm came up through my home and at first I scoffed at the hysterical predictions. I’ve gotten so used to weather forecasters calling things “the storm of the century” that it seems meaningless. Watching the storm through the window of an Albany rowhouse, listening to The Beatles […]

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obit

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Fever Dreams

photo © 2011 Sagar Kumar | more info (via: Wylio)My brother called last night. He’s been in a hospital for the last week and a half, coming back from the brink of death one more time. Missing most of his digestive system, tumors spreading but slowed by liberal applications of chemotherapy, my brother just keeps […]

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Some links and signs of spring

On the way to work this morning I heard an NPR piece about Ramy Essam, the musician who was “arrested” and tortured by the army last week. I wondered if any of the 23 year olds I know are capable of saying as Ramy does now that  he “still believes that there are honest people […]

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Weekly Roundup

Let’s see… In Egypt, protestors surrounded and occupied various branches of the State Security – finding many documents and files as well as torture equipment. Hossam  Arabwy, a blogger and union activist I’ve been following saw the very cell where he’d been confined and tortured, spent the day sobbing off and on and then published […]

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Cat People

Reading about disasters, wars, suffering of every kind through the screen of written news or television.. the information has always been there but the information has never been so immediate, so graphic and so personal. Because Twitter does feel personal, it is personal conversations, personal connections as well as news a full day ahead of […]

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Bahrain

Subtitle: Why I need to take a break from Twitter I had been wondering how one could use Twitter in classes, it seemed to me that this was an incredibly rich way for students to learn. I am not a teacher but on Friday night I wrote to a history teacher who has always been […]

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The proof’s in the pudding

Another thing the revolution in Egypt has done for me personally is to restore my faith in the power of people, together, to effect great change for good. I am an idealist (surprise!) and today I am not embarrassed to say so, although my idealism had about shriveled after 56 years of life. I graduated […]

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Party in Cairo

I kept the BBC news online streaming minimized as I worked today so that I could at least listen. Al Jazeera’s live stream does not come through at work. It’s probably some firewall port or something. I haven’t investigated, if I had been able to get it I wouldn’t have gotten much done in the […]

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