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Your Mamma

4 October 2019 at 12:16
Change is in the air. Can you feel it? I joined the massive, global Fridays for Future Climate StrikeΒ in MontrΓ©alΒ last week, marching through the streets of our sunlit city with my friend Adri and close to half a million instant soul-mates, wild children of the Planet Earth.Β Greta Thunberg was there, gracing us with her quiet…

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The Sanctuary

8 November 2018 at 10:04
I wasn’t thinking, I didn’t see it coming. AΒ sudden, violent impulse to burst. To sob uncontrollably, a rushing river of convulsing sorrow. To wail and tear my clothes. To throw myself to the ground. In the blur, I feel the arm of my friend Jenny slip around my shoulders. She’s a Mom and must have…

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All is well

10 January 2018 at 13:40
My primo pal JoeΒ is trying to leave the coffeeshop, but I am blocking the door, I won’t let him go. We’ve already shared a bran muffin, a crack chat about love and death and a deep hug, much of whose inspiration I plan to use in the sprawling story I’ve been writing this past year…

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You and #MeToo

17 October 2017 at 10:30
This volcano of words about the patriarchy, rape culture, male entitlement, sexual abuse and harassment has left me enraged and inspired. Every woman has a story. All too many so much worse than mine. This is what I remember, so far: I have been verbally and sexually harassed, talked down and mansplained to, yelled at,…

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Bernie Sanders Wants You

7 September 2017 at 09:41
The time is now and America’s most popular politicanΒ Bernie SandersΒ has a crackerjack plan. He lays it on the table with a bang-on, pitch-perfect speech he recently gifted us at the Riverside ChurchΒ in NYC’s Upper West Side, at the exact same pulpit where Martin Luther King once rocked the house. It is a blockbuster of human…

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Happy Spring

10 May 2017 at 10:56
There’s this tough Navy guy Dwayne and his royal bulldog Henry who drop by the coffeeshop just about every day for a breakfast sandwich, wood pulp newspaper, community buzz and cuppa java. We go bananas for the king here, but he could give two shits about us. Henry had an older, alpha sister, the imperial…

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Some of My Best Friends are Old Men

15 March 2017 at 10:17
As you may already know from reading this blog, over the past few years, I’ve fallen hard for three guys, actually, four, if you count U.S. Senator and presidential dream Bernie Sanders,Β and five, if you count my fatherΒ who kicked it off by getting sick and dying. I am lucky. My DadΒ was rock-solid, my first, good…

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All Rise

2 February 2017 at 14:36
On the eve of the inauguration of a disastrous president of the divided states, my mother took me to see a 7th-Day Adventist gospel choir at a South American synagogue in Miami. The largely African-American choir and their crack band blew the roof off the joint. In Hebrew. As they clapped and swayed and soared…

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Get Up, Stand Up

20 January 2017 at 09:52
My People! See y’all tomorrow at the Women’s March on Washington. I’ll be marching with my Mom at the Bayfront Park Amphitheatre in Miami while my Montreal peeps burn the fire at home. Where will you be?? This protest lullaby is by the beautiful, bespectacled, delightful, delicious Cheese On Bread. Share if you dare! They…

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Leonard Cohen Forever

8 January 2017 at 08:29
A hot mess, I was all of 12 when I stumbled on toΒ my first doomed lovers in the traumatized shelves of my neurotic high school, skew Jews: And at the hot ovens they Cunningly managed a brief Kiss before the soldier came To knock out her golden teeth. At aΒ tender, young age, I was deeply…

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At Peace with Lou

7 December 2016 at 08:35
Lou is dead. The poetry hound and witty, Jewish mystic I love to write about. My bestie Naomi’s 98 year-old Dad. I thought you’d wantΒ to know. Lou was a sweet-talkingΒ mensch with a hearty laugh and a blinding smile, keen onΒ love and not afraid to sing it. In the literary haze of his finalΒ chapter, this straight-shootingΒ minstrelΒ became…

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Gen. Wesley Clark Jr., middle, and other veterans kneel in front of Leonard Crow Dog during a forgiveness ceremony at the Four Prairie Knights Casino & Resort on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016.

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