Author Archive | Judy

THE EFFECTS OF FALSE WORDS CAN’T BE ERASED

Fellow writer, Hema Vasavada, responded to my blog about the rhetoric of war with this op ed piece she wrote for the Moscow Pullman Daily News. I think it is well worth sharing as a part of our on-going exploration of the cause of the nation’s on-going crisis.     MOSCOW PULLMAN DAILY NEWS OCTOBER […]

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What Do We Do About It?

    I pondered the title of this blog, then decided to leave it alone. Everyone will know what I mean. Strange, isn’t it? But I think the state of the country is on everyone’s mind. Which is good. It’s high time we stopped taking democracy for granted and give civics—the behavior necessary for the […]

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Words Matter

                    I’m a writer. I believe in the power of language—for good and for evil. Words matter. In the last decade, the nation has been swept by masters of language, first to believe in itself, then to terror and rage at a huge and overwhelming enemy. […]

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What We’ve Done to Each Other–and Ourselves

  I once asked my writing class, which was attached to a course in communication, to identify themselves as Republican, Democrat, or Independent, group up, then write a description of their party—the  values that united them. Then I asked them to write a description of what the other groups believed. When they were finished, they […]

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The Enemy Within—Demonizing Dissent

If you grew up with Walt Kelly’s comic strip, Pogo, you know the image above became the icon of the age. Americans acknowledging the mess they’d made of the world. This is part of a strip published on Earth Day, 1971. Today we need another such image of the mess we’re making of our democracy. […]

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A Bogey Tale for Today

In browsing through old blogs, I came across this “bogey” tale which seems particularly apt for today. Friend and author, Priscilla Long, who writes a fascinating column in the American Scholar, shares this story by author, Brian Doyle, on the origin of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde  Findings – Summer 2006 Findings: A Bogey Tale […]

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Writing in a PC-Locked World

      Politically Correct judgments freeze the pen. Whether writing an e-mail, a job resume or a novel, your internal censors pause the pen, aware of the self-appointed judges on either side of the political divide waiting to spot heresy. For a fiction writer, such judgments strike at the core, at imagination. It is […]

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END OF THE RACE Reviews & Sale

  Mark your calendars. The ebook version of END OF THE RACE is on sale again! August 8 through August 28 $0.99! We write because we need to, we write because we love it, we write for release—and then we wait for the affirmation of others. Below, just to whet your appetite, are some reviews […]

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Polarization and the Writer

  One of the frustrating aspects of the current polarization is that it freezes everyone in place and eliminates the journey through multiple groups and identities that we call life. For a writer, that is a deep freeze, for stories lie in the journey, in crossing the boundaries out of the world where you were […]

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Scenes from END OF THE RACE

Time to change the tune from stories of conflict to stories of love. Here are some scenes from END OF THE RACE that give a picture of Annika’s and Brian’s childhood bond. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Brian, Age 10 1984 Brian braked his bike. Ahead, where the creek alongside the path drifted into a pond, a girl in […]

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Origin of a Species

   I am not an historical novel writer, but The Inheritors grows out of the history of Chicago, especially of the neighborhood I’d chosen as a setting. This early industrial area area just west of the downtown (or Loop, as it’s called) , drew immigrant groups in the early Twentieth Century.  My research carried me […]

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Liberation, Part II

    As promised last week, here is the second part of the short story begun in last week’s blog—a writer’s view of the Sixties turmoil that, according to Ezra Klein and others, opened the split in the nation’s psyche.  As I said before, these stories later became a part of my second novel, THE […]

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