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Blood Relatives – A short story

March 1, 2011
Blood Relatives – A short story

It was hard to know whether the old man was dead or alive. He had stopped breathing again. No doubt about that. It was the third time since I’d been rolled in beside him three days before. Our temporary digs: Room 7114, Beds 1 and 2, of the hospital’s Wing 7 East, was crowded...
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Oregon backs Wisconsin workers – A photo essay

February 27, 2011
Oregon backs Wisconsin workers – A photo essay

More than 1,000 people gathered outside the state legislature in Salem, OR, on Feb. 26, 2011, show their support for the public employees of Wisconsin who are under attack by the Republican governor.
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Madness in Madison

February 26, 2011
Madness in Madison

Now they’ve done it. The Wisconsin legislature has gone and passed their anti-union bill. It’s a crazy place, America, and it’s getting crazier by the minute. But turning on its public employees – the very people who make life slightly more liveable – is about the craziest move yet. What’s going on here?
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Russian afternoon tea in SPB – A travel essay

February 25, 2011
Russian afternoon tea in SPB – A travel essay

By Soviet standards it wasn’t much of a parade on Russia’s national Flag Day this year (August 22). No ballistic missiles, no goose-stepping Red Army corporals, no anti-American speeches. In fact, the people that were sipping “Russian Afternoon Tea” with champagne and red caviar in the lobby of the Hotel Astoria probably didn’t realize...
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Muckers and Blackholers – A history essay

February 24, 2011
Muckers and Blackholers – A history essay

Descendants of western North American mining and smelting families know that their grandparents came to the United States and Canada as illiterate farmers, shopkeepers, muckers and blackholers looking for a better life, a way to keep their children from dying of destitution in their home villages of Europe, Asia and elsewhere.
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I was a Burt Reynolds look-a-like

February 23, 2011
I was a Burt Reynolds look-a-like

On Friday, April 14, 2004, I finally got my 15 seconds of fame just like Andy Warhol promised. It all started outside Mann’s (formerly Grauman’s) Chinese Theatre along Hollywood Blvd. when a young man came up behind me as I was trying to fit my hands into those of Humphrey Bogart.
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The Crushing Time in Fiji – A short story

February 23, 2011
The Crushing Time in Fiji – A short story

Harminder crouched near a fence well away from the Parliament buildings compound where he assumed the hostages were being held. He lit a cigarette and wished he hadn’t drunk so much kava earlier in the day. Not that it had made him sleepy; he was used to the dish-watery unofficial national drink. But...
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The all-powerful Mr. B. – A memoir

February 23, 2011
The all-powerful Mr. B. – A memoir

We grew up hearing stories, true and apocryphal, about the larger-than-life CM&S (Cominco) Company president Selwyn G. Blaylock. One of those stories had to do with the world-famous Trail Smoke Eaters and a particular game that almost didn’t get played. But first some remembrances of Mr. Blaylock. Dad would recall the time that one...
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Dirty Dishes and Other Stories

February 22, 2011
Dirty Dishes and Other Stories

The stories you will read here are my attempt to share some of the bad times and the good times with workers both young and old. They are stories of disappointment and discouragement, but there are also fun stories, stories that play with work situations and invent things that might have happened or perhaps...
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Wobbly free speech trek celebrated

February 21, 2011
Wobbly free speech trek celebrated

Trade unionists and social activists celebrated the 100th anniversary of a uniquely local moment in United States labour history on Feb. 16, 2011, in the quiet little university city of Eugene, OR.
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