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Joe Hill and Salt official selections

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March 20, 2016
Joe Hill and Salt official selections

My two short documentary films, Joe Hill’s Secret Canadian Hideout and Remembering Salt, are official selections in the 2016 Reel Work Labor Film Festival. They will be screened on Monday, April 25, 7 p.m., at the Service Employees International Union Hall, 517 Mission St., Santa Cruz, CA. See www.reelwork.org . Coming this summer My...
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The Song Stays Sweet – A Prose Poem

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December 17, 2015
The Song Stays Sweet – A Prose Poem

  Muscle cars slink along Canal Street in their wheel skirts. Vroom, vroom. Radios on high bass shake the sidewalk passers-by. Big men wear big gold watches and smile their big gold teeth. Pushing and laughing and butting fists. Are they the murderers to be or just some mother’s little boys? Music along Royal...
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Remembering Salt broadcast on TV in Kootenays

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November 9, 2015
Remembering Salt broadcast on TV in Kootenays

Remembering Salt, my second short documentary film about the Kootenays, is airing on Shaw Cable Channel 10 on the dates and times listed below. See the attached Castlegar News feature for a comment on the show: http://www.castlegarnews.com/entertainment/350655251.html . See below. The half-hour broadcast includes my comments on the making of the documentary as well as excerpts...
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Labour History Moments – Remembering Salt

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May 7, 2015
Labour History Moments – Remembering Salt

Sixty years ago in December 1954, a movie called Salt of the Earth found its way into Canada, thanks to the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers (now Steel). The film was blacklisted across the United States as the Cold War unleashed a widespread paranoia that became known as McCarthyism. But fear of...
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A madcap romp through America – A Book Review

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July 23, 2014
A madcap romp through America – A Book Review

Bill Bryson, One Summer – America 1927 (New York: Anchor Books, 2013), 509 pages (paper). I joyously devoured Bill Bryson’s latest book on America in which he manages to squeeze 509 pages (counting the index) out of five months, May to September 1927. Turns out it wasn’t that difficult since those particular months times...
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Phil Donahue vs. America’s Religious Right

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May 29, 2014

Famous TV show host Phil Donahue has written to tell me how “passionate” he is about the separation of church and state. Yes, Phil is concerned that Americans are in danger of losing their right “to believe – or not – as he or she sees fit.” Apparently someone is trying to take away...
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Bernie Sanders on fixing America

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May 14, 2014
Bernie Sanders on fixing America

Once again my snail mailbox is jammed with wonders. I haven’t been so lucky as to receive multiple invitations to buy a walk-in bathtub like Calvin Trillin said he was in a recent New Yorker. But there have been other promising delights. Seed catalogues are big right now and I have received enough of...
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Is there anything left anymore?

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March 28, 2014

Of course I know the answer to that question – there is indeed a left – but these days you get to wondering if there are any new ideas for moving us toward a socialist future of some description. It’s especially exacerbating down here in the good ole US of A with the Tea...
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Oregon’s Doukhobors – A History Essay

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March 13, 2014
Oregon’s Doukhobors – A History Essay

  When American Legion commander George Love spoke to a gathering of concerned residents at Junction City, Oregon, in late August 1924, he warned of the imminent danger of allowing a group of Russian immigrants to establish a colony on the rich farm land along the Willamette River. Some of the local residents were...
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Should I join the NRA?

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October 8, 2013
Should I join the NRA?

What a joy it is to live in a place where freedom is the code word for almost everything. The other day I got a letter from the National Rifle Association of America. This is the NRA that actor Charlton Heston once promoted so vigorously with his line about no one taking away his...
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