Those Were the Days

When I was 7 years old our upstairs neighbor lady was a nice old born-again Christian who had me and my brothers and sister up for cookies and proselytization. One day she showed us a picture of Daniel in the Lion’s Den and my little brother started crying. Moving in for the kill, she asked what was wrong. And my brother said: “That lion in the corner isn’t getting any.”

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Political Opportunity of a Generation (and How to Blow It)

Unlike those who believe our democracy is under existential threat, I don’t think so. The guardians of the Bill of Rights are ensconced in their federal courtrooms and not going anywhere. But the political field is fertile, you could say fecund, for a new set of political representatives.

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Hoops on the Rez

I’d been living on the rez for years and had worked my way up to starting guard in the Students Against Teachers game at the high school gym. Hoops is big on the rez. The gym was packed, with parents and sisters and brothers and aunts and uncles eager to see the students beat up the teachers.

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The Best of 2018

Happy New Year! Usually around this time of year (or a little before), we’re inundated with Top Ten lists of stuff from the year before. You’re not going to get that from me because I’m a forward-looking kind of guy. So here’s my Top Ten list of news stories you’ll see in the coming year. Remember, you heard them here first.

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