The View from a Drawbridge

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

Recently I attended an all day seminar at work regarding race and racism. That’s one of the many beautiful things about living on the left coast. I doubt it would even occur to my former employers in Florida to allow us to have such training, let alone make it an annual event. I learned much …

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First, let me give you my “bonafides”. According to Ancestry DNA, I’m about as white as a human being can be. That always has, and probably always will give me a leg up in society. I won’t even try to deny it. I also won’t deny that I’ve done little or nothing to earn this …

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I was just the right age to be tortured by the Watergate hearings. I was 8 years old in 1973 and those hearings pre-empted daytime television for weeks. At that age, it felt like years. I had no idea that a gripping piece of political history was unfolding before my eyes. I thought I would …

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Many years ago, I was standing with my niece and nephew in their Missouri kitchen. As we talked, I got the orange juice out of the refrigerator to pour myself a glass. Just then my brother-in-law walked in and snapped, “Who left the refrigerator door open???” The tension level in that room was palpable. My …

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priv·i·lege ˈpriv(ə)lij/ noun privilege; plural noun: privileges synonyms:advantage, benefit a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group of people. When I was a little girl, my mother took me to a special place. We stood in line. Then we went into this booth and drew a curtain. …

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