Category Archives: Writing & Social Commentary

Two From Gloria Steinem

February, 2015, San Miguel, Mexico MS Magazine.   In her speech to 1,000 writers, Gloria [...]

Unexpected Birthday Song

Years ago, our good friend, Avron Barr, took his girlfriend out to celebrate her birthday [...]

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Robert Fish *

“I continue to be grateful every morning, every afternoon, every evening for another day without [...]

Going to the Dark Side

Like many in my…er…age group, I had cataract surgery last year. Leading up to the [...]

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Speaking Truth to Power at the US Public Health Service

The year was 1963. I was working for the US Public Health Service, stationed in [...]

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LSD and Me

Gates of Eden With a time-rusted compass blade Aladdin and his lamp  Sits with Utopian [...]

The Secret to a Great Dinner Party: Airtime

Bet this has happened to you: You are with two or three people having a [...]

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Journalists Rejoice!

Carly Fiorina is a candidate for the Republican nomination for president. She may be as [...]

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13 Mind-Blowing Small Business Success Tips

(Or, 13 strategies you didn’t read in the Harvard Business Review)   Through many dangers, [...]

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“Hey, Rick, shoot the lock off the ‘strongbox!'”

Good luck with that one.  In old western movies, when the bad guys rob the [...]

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Strange Use of Language

Gimme a Zero! * Why do we keep substituting letters for numbers?  Why is Highway [...]

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On The Lighter Side

True educational stories from three levels: grammar school, junior high, and high school. 1950, Hillside [...]

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Strange Human Behavior / Beliefs

Suicide Bombers in Paradise Legend has it that if you are martyred as a suicide [...]

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Hooray for SB128!

California is getting closer to joining Oregon and other forward looking states in allowing people [...]

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A Magical Photo at the US Supreme Court

As Assistant Attorney General for the State of Wisconsin, my sister-in-law, Maureen McGlynn Flanagan, was [...]

Challenging Fraternity Conformity: The Story of John Lopez

Fraternities have been getting a bad rap in the news lately, in some cases, well [...]

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In a Coma, They Really Can Hear You: Last Words to John Cope

(N.B. If raw sexual humor is offensive to you, please do not read this article.) [...]

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Bob Dylan Does the American Songbook

Interviewer: Don’t you think this album is risky? Fans will say you can’t touch Sinatra’s [...]

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Gloria Steinem autographs photo for McGlynn sisters

  When I met with Gloria Steinem I brought along a photo of Mary and [...]

What To Do With Your Great Photos

So, you ignored my advice to stay the hell away from digital photography (see: http://rickgilbert.net/#/n_1487). [...]

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Photo contest with the theme of architecture

I’ve just entered a photo contest with the theme of architecture. To see some of [...]

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Gloria Steinem Quotes

Here are my favorite Gloria Steinem quotes from the San Miguel Writers’ Conference…   It’s [...]

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“Slithering into Decrepitude”

  What I like most about doing this blog is the great responses I get [...]

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Writing Workshop Stories

I recently attended a writing workshop given by Ellen Sussman. Here are two  stories from [...]