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Stay Uncomfortable

  I didn’t vote for him but we elected him. We, the people who live in this country. I’m a part of that We and nothing will convince me I’m not. This we-ness is a thing many factions on all sides would like us to forget, yet this we-ness is what makes a country a country. It allows us to learn and grow with each other; it brings us together in joy and sorrow. Staying angry is a discipline but ...
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Greensboro Four Forever

Either way, the magnitude of what the Greensboro Four accomplished in 1960 is impossible to overstate. A documentary made in 2003 dramatizes the events for those of us too young to have lived through them. It should be required viewing in every school in the land.
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Washington D.C.’s Women’s March: A hub of pride and complexity

On Jan. 21, all seven continents of the world held marches in solidarity to send a message to the new Presidential administration that women and their communities will expect leaders to protect them and they will hold them accountable for damaging policies. I went to the heart of the gathering in Washington D.C. on Friday and Saturday. On Friday night, I and the rest of my group got the iconic pussy hats. I searched for where I could get some ...
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PROTECTING THE SILOS

Silos. Not the literal type you use for tasks like storing and separating grain or housing nuclear missiles. No, I’m referring to figurative silos. The kind that separates people from working effectively together. You find them in many groups and organizations where work gets divvied up perhaps too rigidly. Greensboro city government for example. But I’ve gotten ahead of myself… It makes sense to put together people working on similar tasks. In a grocery store setting for instance, it is ...
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It’s time for Greensboro’s secret Internet plans to involve the ...

Imagine if the City of Greensboro decided to take a lane of 45 MPH Wendover Avenue, give it to a private company and allow that company to charge people to drive 65 MPH on it. That would be an outlandish misappropriation of public infrastructure. Yet, that is a possibility for Greensboro’s publicly-owned fiber optic Internet cables. The City of Greensboro owns over 150 miles of fiber optic Internet cables intertwined throughout the City’s neighborhoods that connect traffic lights, traffic cameras ...
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ON A MISSION

People go into business for various reasons. Usually it involves finding a way to earn a livelihood doing something one enjoys and/or is good at. Some people are also moved by a desire to educate and improve the health of the community. Here are three such local entrepreneurs. It’s a dirty secret that most commercial hair and skin care products are toxic to the human body. There is virtually no safety testing of the thousands of chemicals used by manufacturers. ...
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Fake news demands that we evolve our thinking

No civilization has survived losing its grip on reality. Neither will America “I don’t know if it’s true or not, but it’s on Facebook” said a caller to Guilford Metro 911 on election day. He was reporting what he described as the “highly illegal” activity of people handing out campaign literature at a polling location. The caller warned the dispatcher that the call was live on “national news feed on Facebook” and that “millions of people are looking at it.” ...
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Donald Trump’s threats affect my family

My partner is a Muslim. My sister is gay. My daughter is dating a Mexican-American. Donald Trump’s consistent and focused threats affect my family and have since he took the national stage. For me, they are not a thing to shrug off. They are personal. For the first time in my white, middle-aged life, a president is personally threatening members of my family: with arrest, with registration, with an assault on their human and legal rights. On January 20, 2017, ...
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World AIDS Day: We Have Some Work To Do

by Kevin Varner, MA, NCC, LPCA It’s World AIDS Day. In the past, this day has been marked by sadness and remembrance; a time to pause and speak the names of those we love who have become infected, and those we’ve lost to this worldwide epidemic. In the South, it hits home more than elsewhere in the country. In North Carolina, this day brings an awareness of how our rural areas and particularly our HIV positive Black brothers and sisters ...
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Giving thanks for the Gate City

I moved frequently during the 1970s. (Astrologer alert — look up restless Mercury in the 4th House.) “Home” went from upstate New York to Long Island to California to Maine to Maryland to Arizona to Brooklyn to lower Manhattan to Massachusetts and back to Maine before migrating to North Carolina in October of 1981. Greensboro has been home since then; I guess I’ve settled down. Now, with Thanksgiving upon us, I’ve been thinking about what’s kept me here – what ...