All posts by Sean Shannon

New Ground

For a few years around the turn of the millennium, the main clock at my father’s office was one of those clocks that broadcast a different bird’s call from its speaker for each of the twelve hours. The idea behind getting that clock for the office was to help us all be more aware of time, since it’s easy to tune out the same chiming sound , no matter how many (or few) times it’s made at the top of each hour. Maybe our brains…

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Nowhere to Run?

LILLEY: Trudeau’s best poll numbers still have him losing the fall election (Toronto Sun)Koch Brothers, Tea Party Billionaires, Donated To Right-Wing Fraser Institute, Reports Show (Huffington Post Canada) In the leadup to the 2004 presidential election, there were many people who stated that they would move to Canada if George W. Bush got reelected. A big part of me wanted to make the move, but I just couldn’t leave Mom that way (and since her husband died before the next presidential election, that was probably a good move…

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The Harm of Sloppy Storytelling

Dominatrix Community Condemns Netflix Show ‘Bonding’ As ‘Inauthentic’ and ‘Problematic’ (IndieWire via yahoo.com) I’m old enough that my first explorations of my sexuality online weren’t done on the Internet, but on local computer bulletin boards. I got regular Internet access when I first went off to college, and as wonderful of a resource as the Internet proved to be for that purpose, it also provided me with my first lessons about how “nothing ever really leaves the Internet,” long before anyone thought to coin that…

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Unlearning Silence

Nancy Pelosi writes off Ocasio-Cortez’s congressional support as ‘like five people’ (New York Daily News)Pelosi refused to comment on Trump while traveling but openly critical of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar (opednews.com) One of my family members bought me a leather wallet sometime when I was in my junior high years. My strongest memory of that wallet remains the time when I was at school and discovered the wallet missing from my pocket. Later that day, I found my wallet tucked away in a corner of a hallway,…

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In Enemy Territory

NBA Playoffs 2019: Bucks make a statement to the rest of the Eastern Conference with Game 1 destruction of Pistons (CBSSports.com) Growing up in Toledo has a way of making you painfully aware of whatever Ohio State-University of Michigan sports rivalry is dominant at any particular moment. There used to be a whole chain of stores in Toledo devoted solely to clothing and other merchandise from the two colleges; it’s down to one location now, but it’s still a testament to how Northwest Ohio and…

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