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Rambling Thoughts on Division

By Ruth Gadebusch What does it take for people to realize that we share this community, this world? “Those people over there” someplace are not in some foreign land. One cannot profit at the [...] Continue Reading

The Silos and the Mall

By Leonard Adame When we drove past the big silos on H and Palm streets, I saw mostly old men moving as if they were walking up a rocky hill. They took their time, every so often spitting out a gob [...] Continue Reading

The Lavender Convention 2014

By Chris Jarvis As we all know, there’s a vault of hard feelings between many in the LGBT community and religious institutions. It goes back to the dawn of time and despite our recent gains in [...] Continue Reading

Times They Are a-Changing

By Kaylia Metcalfe In 2008, everything changed. I had always written about politics, but that summer, my posts and articles began to become more and more LGBT related as the impending vote on Prop 8 [...] Continue Reading

Earth Day 2014

By George B. Kauffman Earth Day, the world’s largest secular holiday and only event celebrated by more than a half billion people of all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities, is sponsored by many [...] Continue Reading

News from Peru

By Ingrid Carmean As a Peace Corps volunteer, I’ve been working in the Santa Cruz area of the town of Cerro Candela, Peru, helping the residents to obtain ready access to water. We have achieved step [...] Continue Reading