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Lyrics jammed in my throat…

How I loved the 1964 Bob Dylan song The Times They Are A’Changin’ when I was at Cal Berkeley. I knew every line by heart, sang them triumphantly with my friends, intoned them under my breath, marching in time to … Continue reading

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Organization Predicts Outcome – Paris, 1968 compared to OWS, 2011-2012

Does it make any difference if a populist movement is planned or rises spontaneously? What do the origins and structure of the Occupy Movement tell us about its potential for success – when compared to the 1968 May Revolution in … Continue reading

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Is Occupy’s Horizontal Leadership Like Laying Down on the Job?

The concept of horizontal, non-hierarchical leadership, cherished by the Occupy Movement, was an ideal much less fulfilled during the 1968 May Revolution* in France.  We’ve traveled from the plugged in speakers of the 1960s to the human mic, OWS 2011, … Continue reading

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Spreading Pain or Catharsis? Perils of Turning My Own Era into Fiction

Given the exhilaration of the past week, it is easy to forget certain painful realities. Readers of my historical novel, A Time to Cast Away Stones, set in Berkeley and Paris in 1968, might be forced to relive sorrows and … Continue reading

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Occupy – Eyewitness to What is Is and Is Not

My husband and I were in New York City this week. I had read about dwindling Occupy numbers in so many articles that I wanted to lend tangible support to the effort – especially when I heard the issues: the … Continue reading

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When is it a real “revolution”?

“Revolution” – my giant Webster’s Unabridged says it means “overthrow of a government, form of government, or social system, with another taking its place.” A friend from the San Francisco Writers Workshop recently reminded me that Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and … Continue reading

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Occupy is About “Liberty” – Even in our “Free Country”

A brief hum filled the room, then everyone was turning my way, anticipating. I felt the heat rise in my face and glimpsed my hands, knotted tightly in my lap… What could I possibly say to these people? They wanted … Continue reading

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Kale, Compost and Condoms

What has sex got to do with revolution, anyway?    “…the students are still out there, that’s what I have heard…They’re living and making love right on the barricades.”    “…Well, this is about freedom, isn’t it?…Doesn’t that include free … Continue reading

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About the About

I’m new to blogging, but that is a poor excuse. I apologize. Next time I’ll read the “Tips” for beginners before I begin. Now the “About” is no longer a mere brief bio piece. Re-visit the all-new “About” section (click … Continue reading

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About

What kinds of circumstances, arguments or earth-shaking events would convince you to show up for a political protest? Would you have to know someone who was going? Or would you follow someone you wish you knew, or wanted to know … Continue reading

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