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R.I.P. Chuck Berry, 1926-2017

Wickersham's Conscience

Chuck Berry, c. 1973 Chuck Berry, c. 1973

The very first concert WC saw in Chicago was Chuck Berry at a small venue – the name of which WC has long since forgotten – on the west side of the Loop, in what was then called the Blues District. Berry was touring in support of his latest album, 1972’s The London Chuck Berry Sessions, which included the unfortunate “My Dig-a-ling,” Berry performed that song twice in his one hour gig.

It was a greatest hits show, with a loose group of local musicians backing him. They were surprisingly ragged at the start of each song. It turned out that was because Berry never told his local backing band the set list, never rehearsed and expected the  musicians to come in on his guitar intro. He did his signature stage hop, a couple of short guitar solos and that was it. Absolutely no patter. The…

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Celebrate National Adoption Day (11/19) with Lee & Low’s Adoption Book List

November 19th is National Adoption Day! And to celebrate, we are highlighting books that help children learn about and reflect on how families come together. The Story I’ll Tell, by Nancy Tupper Ling, illus. by Jessica Lanan A young child asks his mother to tell the story of where he came from. “I might tell…

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25 Books from 25 Years: Tankborn — Lee & Low Blog

LEE & LOW BOOKS celebrates its 25th anniversary this year! To recognize how far the company has come, we are featuring one title a week to see how it is being used in classrooms today and hear from the authors and illustrators. Today, we are celebrating Tankborn by Karen Sandler. First published in 2011, Tankborn was one of…

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Micha Schellhaas ~ Double Take

Karen Wolfe: Why Corporate Reformers in Los Angeles Are Nervous

Hal is Teaching ESL with OneWorld . . .

Writing Your Own Political Obituary

Sarah Palin must stay far away from Washington, DC. She needs to stay where she has a good view of Russia.

Wickersham's Conscience

Don't Be Stupid Don’t Be Stupid

The Inuit have a word, “qivit,” that you do not want to have applied to you. It means to quit or give up when the going gets rough. In traditional times, and that was very recent, if you gave up as a leader you were jeopardizing yourself and everyone around you. It takes a lot of effort to maintain life in the bitter cold of the Arctic.

Willie L. Iggiagruk Hensley, New York Times, 2009

Maybe conservatives outside of Alaska are finally over The Quitter. She wrote her own obituary in her rambling, mostly incoherent screed on January 24, 2015 at the Des Moines, Iowa Freedom Summit. Some selected conservative voices afterwards:

  • “Quite petty,” wrote Byron York in the Washington Examiner. “A long and incoherent speech,” in the view of Craig Robinson of the Iowa Republican blog. “The foreordained culmination of a slow and…

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Poetry

My poem, “A New Beginning,” appears here! [This month’s Free Venice Beachhead – March 2015]

Free Venice Beachhead

I know a woman – By Mary Getlein
Silent Bells – By Lynette
BLACK BUDDHA IN A DARK ALLEY – By Philomene Long
I’ve Known Freedom – By Ashkii Newton
Greetings from Slab City – By Dusty P. Greenhaus
A NEW BEGINNING – By Hal Bogotch
Mind Your Mind – By Ronald McKinley
“Abstractions on a Reoccurring Theme” – By Miles Krumpak
Poleece in Veneece – By Moishe Shmendrick
Roger Houston
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I know a woman

She did her time with
each new love of her life –
two years with this one
one year with that
each one taking up valuable time
she could have used for herself
only when she was older
did she realize!
The one she needed to love the most
was herself
all along she’d been
de-luded, de-nuded, de-constructed
in the ways of the world
who had to be on top
who was the boss

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