The Very Large and the Very Small

The Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA) currently is hosting an exhibit entitled “Egypt’s Sunken Cities” composed of many rooms filled with artifacts many of which have been discovered by oceanic archeologists led by Franck Goddio.  The cities, which...

Bright Shiny Objects

My last blog was a poem about my being robbed years ago and some words about all invasion of our privacy by technology.  One of my frequent readers has asked me to say more about privacy rights here as opposed to in European countries, so here goes.  As of May 2018,...

Privacy Rights

As this country embraces more and more computer-based programs and devices that register and maintain personal information about all of us, I find myself thinking about privacy rights.  Recently I heard a program on MPR about how much more seriously such rights are...

Virginia Woolf and Trans-genderism

By 1928, Virginia Woolf had established herself as a leading novelist experimenting with both form and content.  Rejecting Victorian plots that were linear explorations of characters’ lives, Woolf had published Mrs. Dalloway in 1925 and To the Lighthouse in...

Men We Reaped

Two years after publishing her gripping novel, Salvage the Bones, Jesmyn Ward gave us a memoir entitled Men We Reaped.   This arresting and disturbing title comes from the writings of Harriet Tubman who said:  “We saw the lightning and that was the guns; and...

My Heart Leaps Up

That is the first line of a short poem by William Wordsworth, the English romantic poet.  What follows is “when I behold/A rainbow in the sky.”  Two magical happenings in my life recently have called Wordsworth to mind.  A close friend and I have gone...