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What’s on your mind?

Students who run the newspaper at the high school just put out their first edition of the year. I am guessing they were just a little put out when I told them that they should expect to stick around after school until at least five o’clock for the final edits, proofreading, corrections, cross-checking, and final send off. The final send off comes when they send the completed files to the printer via the internet. But as they attended to their work, really dug down into it, dove for perfection–which is impossible–their tone and the atmosphere in the classroom shifted. As the final corrections were made and re-checked, one after another said how nervous they were, how they wanted to keep checking to make sure everything was just right. And then as the corrected files were saved, the moment came for the send-off, and the…

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‘On Being’ features memories of religious leader

Sunday mornings I listen to “On Being with Krista Tippett.” This week she discussed the late Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel with Arnold Eisen, the current chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Heschel was a prominent figure in the civil rights movement. Marching along with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., according to Tippett, Heschel said that he felt as he walked along that his legs were praying. I encourage anyone looking for thoughtful discourse to click on the link below and listen to the program. It is an hour long. Here are a few gems from Heschel provided in the conversation: “Some are guilty, but all are responsible.” “We are infatuated with our great technological achievements; we have forgotten the mystery of being, of being alive. We have lost our sense of wonder, our sense of radical amazement at sheer being. We have forgotten…


On My Mind 07 08 2016

This past week The Bristol Observer dropped my column. I had been given an ultimatum about a month ago by the publisher, not directly but through an employee, that if I wanted to continue the column, I would have to refrain from commenting on the mayor. At the same time, I was informed that the decision was made after a phone call from the mayor. I was aware that he had called at least one time earlier demanding that the column be dropped and threatening an advertising boycott. I do not know what transpired between the mayor and the publisher of the Observer during the last phone call, only that the publisher invoked the ultimatum. As a result, I have chosen to publish the column here, as a way of inaugurating The Bristol Edition, a community news site focusing solely on Bristol, emphasizing “news…