Friday, August 14
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Tag: injustice

Of Pirates and Emperors

Of Pirates and Emperors

injustice
"Indeed, that was an apt and true reply which was given to Alexander the Great by a pirate who had been seized. For when that king had asked the man what he meant by keeping hostile possession of the sea, he answered with bold pride, "What do you mean by seizing the whole earth; because I do it with a petty ship, I am called a robber, while you who does it with a great fleet are styled emperor". City of God, St. Augustine In another lifetime, my day job involved working with "special populations." Initially I taught Welfare-to-Work and Career Development and over time moved on to work collaboratively within our community as a planning unit supervisor, designing and delivering programs that served refugees, at-risk youth, foster youth, and ex-offenders. Such programs are meant to assist in...
ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE WALDORF HOTEL, Langston Hughes, Part One

ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE WALDORF HOTEL, Langston Hughes, Part One

injustice, poem, Poetry, Poverty
Even as I sorted through books one day - including cookbooks - in preparation for a garage sale to be held before moving into disabled-senior housing, a new cookbook enters. A gift from my son, it's Oscar Tschirky's (1886-1950) recipe collection. Oscar Tschirky was the famous maître d'hôtel at the Waldorf-Astoria, which has some special meaning for me. Occasionally my mom liked to go to the café there for blueberry pancakes. It was as close as she could get to being an elegant respectable lady as the world defines such. The book reminds me of her and the poem that follows. Langston Hughes wrote the poem after walking past the Waldorf during the Great Depression. I've read that it was originally published in New Masses magazine, a long defunct American Marxist publication that was th...
Daily Practice 2017.08.01 – I do not think it means what you think it means!

Daily Practice 2017.08.01 – I do not think it means what you think it means!

Word  Inconceivable! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3sLhnDJJn0 The Princess Bride is one of my favorite movies. Both for the sheer silliness and for the best sword fight scene in all of movie-dom. Best. Ever. But in particular, there is this character, Vizzini, who is smart and logical. And he thinks he is the smartest dude around. Therefore, if something doesn't happen according to his plan and ideas, it is inconceivable. You can watch the clip above to see a montage of his inconceivable encounters. I would like to put Vizzini forward as a representative of those people who have systemic privilege (i.e. primarily white, cis, het, men*) when they encounter equalizing factors that lift up non-white, non-cis, non-het, non-men. ...women want equal pay? Inconceivable! ......