From Gillette & #MeToo…to Empathetic Listening

  Originally, I imagined writing this blog about the flap over Gillette’s controversial #MeToo commercial alongside a discussion of beauty standards and what’s being called “beauty-standard denialism.” First, the Gillette ad has been both praised and damned. From the...

Black, Lesbian, Visionary: Ernestine Eckstein

That’s Ernestine in the white-framed sunglasses. Her sign reads: “Denial of Equality of Opportunity is Immoral.” Photo from the Making Gay History website, referenced below. I recently discovered the Making Gay History podcast, now in its fourth season, and I can’t...

Queers, Cold War, McCarthy, & now Cutler!

  photo from The Guardian article of 30 Dec. 2018   Medical historian Merilee D Karr alerted me to a recent Guardian article about a new book: Ike’s Mystery Man, Peter Shinkle’s biography of Robert Cutler. “…the big headline is about Cutler’s shepherding of a...

Collision of Cultures > Cultural Richness

I recently spent a large part of an afternoon at the Department of Motor Vehicles waiting to renew my driver’s license. While waiting, I was reading about the collision of cultures of three peoples on three continents—Europeans, Africans, and indigenous...

Shadows of History

On November 13th, 2018, the Urban League of Portland commemorated the 1988 murder of Mulugeta Seraw with a multi-hour conference addressing racial- and religious-based hate. Seraw was bludgeoned to death on the street in Southeast Portland by white supremacist...