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Power in the words

Screen shot from YouTube video of President Obama's eulogy for Reverend Clementa Pinckney

Screen shot from YouTube video of President Obama’s eulogy for Reverend Clementa Pinckney

I love playing with words in puns or poetry, and working with words to build accurate descriptions and stories of the world, to sketch out parameters of relationships and agreements, to define rules and contracts and compacts. I love the way words resonate, passion in the mouths of preachers and the soul-catching rhythms of hymns.Words purely amuse and amaze as they flash and dance in the back-and-forth of humor and repartee. I believe in the power of words to communicate and cajole and convince, to create visions of new worlds.

Today was a day for words of power: the Supreme Court decision on marriage equality and President Obama’s eulogy for the Reverend Clementa Pinckney. Continue reading

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Three thoughts about the Charleston church massacre: The flag, the church, the way forward

Photo of Emanuel AME Church by xx, published under Creative Commons license. 

Photo of Emanuel AME Church by Howard Arnoff, published under Creative Commons license.

On the day after the shooting, the U.S. flag was lowered to half mast in Charleston. The South Carolina flag also flew at half mast. The Confederate flag did not. Continue reading

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