The View from a Drawbridge

The random musings of a bridgetender with entirely too much time on her hands.

I love it when people are willing to admit that their forefathers were on the wrong side of history, and they choose not to honor certain historical figures anymore. When schools and city parks are named after confederates it gives me great pride when people have the sense to change those names. And it’s glorious …

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On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and indeed every day of the year, we should reflect on our progress and lack thereof with regard to human rights. How can we improve, and what can we as individuals do to bring about these improvements? King had a dream. We should all have a dream. In fact, …

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Since yesterday was Martin Luther King Day, my mind naturally turns to the civil rights movement. It seems that one of the best kept secrets about that movement were the events that took place in St. Augustine, Florida, just an hour south of where I now sit. St. Augustine is known as our nation’s oldest …

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It is very rare when the loss of someone constitutes a loss for all mankind. Gandhi springs to mind. And Mother Theresa and Martin Luther King. And now Nelson Mandela is counted among their number. He showed the world that it is possible to be a politician and still have integrity and act for the …

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“Words without action are meaningless” he said to me during our ongoing debate about hypocrisy. “Mother Teresa didn’t have a blog.” Ouch. But you know what, I still disagree. Words, when executed properly and offered at the right place, at the right time, about the right topic, can change the world. Here are some words, …

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I’ve been caught up in a debate this week about hypocrites. It is my stance that just because someone is hypocritical does not mean you should necessarily discount their message and by association, every other thing that comes out of their mouth. For example, if someone speaks out about animal rights and yet wears leather, …

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