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Ben Sen commented on Ron Powell's blog post The Hide and Seek of Racism
"I was talking on the phone to a retired NYC cop yesterday who made it absolutely clear he was a racist by saying that his old neighborhood, "has gone to the devil." As soon as he said it, he asked for verification of my ethnic identity…"
Nov 20
Ben Sen commented on Tom Cordle's blog post Dexter Bell
"It always breaks my damn heart.  I was at Western from '64 to '68.  I was a founder of the anti-war movement at the school (SSI) and editor of "The Western Activist."  We could have very easily crossed paths. My…"
Nov 12
Ben Sen commented on Rodney Roe's blog post Flow as a Path to Happiness
"According to what I've read, and experiments I've made with "Drawing on the Right Side," and what I've seen in dementia patients, it's where the "flow" is stored, to use your metaphor.  There was also a…"
Nov 11
Ben Sen commented on Rodney Roe's blog post Flow as a Path to Happiness
"You've made me start to reflect: I've been fortunate, I guess, since I've reached the "zone" in a number of ways, writing, sculpting, drawing, acting (a recent development) dancing, in rituals, and in meditation itself,…"
Nov 10
Ben Sen commented on Rodney Roe's blog post Flow as a Path to Happiness
"A lovely piece of memoir.  Appears to me to be written while you were in the "zone," too.  I felt the energy held by the words.  I can report similar experiences also attributed to meditation, as I think a lot of serious…"
Nov 10
Ben Sen commented on Ben Sen's blog post A Proud Democrat
"Thanks Ron.   The deal I have with an avowed Trumper is that if he doesn't lose his sense of humor, I promise not to lose mine.  So far, it's worked, but not with others.  I think their anger is really with themselves…"
Nov 5
Ron Powell commented on Ben Sen's blog post A Proud Democrat
Nov 4
koshersalaami commented on Ben Sen's blog post A Proud Democrat
"The solution is obvious assuming that what Democrats in power want is a just solution vs. a competitive solution. "
Nov 3
Tom Cordle commented on Ben Sen's blog post A Proud Democrat
"@KS – the solution is to take redistricting out of the hands of elected officials. That is an OBVIOUS conflict of interest. Don't have a recommendation for how to configure the panel – zip codes? – school districts? -…"
Nov 3
alsoknownas commented on Ben Sen's blog post A Proud Democrat
"Couldn't agree more MS. "
Nov 3
Maui Surfer commented on Ben Sen's blog post A Proud Democrat
"I can tell you I never fake anything, and one thing I DID NOT FAKE was my number on a fucking ping pong ball that said we want you to travel overseas and kill people who look like you, who are your cousins you never met. Until your ass is ON THE…"
Nov 3
koshersalaami commented on Ben Sen's blog post A Proud Democrat
"The question I have about the Democrats is what we’ll do about redistricting if we get the opportunity. The temptation will be to Gerrymander the other way. I’m not sure what I think about this question. On one hand, we could simply be…"
Nov 3
Maui Surfer commented on Ben Sen's blog post A Proud Democrat
"Kiss off Coward SBA, all words and no nothing else. We DO NOT START FIGHTS, EVER, WE FINISH THEM. Again, you are a weak big mouth who would not know what to do if a tear gas canister landed at your feet, and the Dems would never do that, not since…"
Nov 2
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Nov 2
Tom Cordle commented on Ben Sen's blog post A Proud Democrat
"I was a registered Independent for decades, until I moved to Tennessee, where one does not register by Party affiliation. But the wretched rhetorical excesses, the blatant bullhorn racism, the voter suppression – the utter calumny and perfidy…"
Nov 2
Tom Cordle commented on Ben Sen's blog post A Proud Democrat
"I was a registered Independent for decades, until I moved to Tennessee, where one does not register by Party affiliation. But the wretched rhetorical excesses, the blatant bullhorn racism, the voter suppression – the utter calumny and perfidy…"
Nov 2

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A Proud Democrat

Posted on November 2, 2018 at 6:30am 11 Comments

     I heard last night from a legitimate news source, i.e. one that is held accountable and adheres to at least some measure of objectivity, that the Democratic party has agreed to focus this election on the issues, rather than simply run against Trump.  It wasn't "big" news given what's going on, but big enough to make me proud. 

     The most obvious course of action would be to fall into the trap of recrimination with him.  The nation has been primed to do battle with itself. …

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The Twelve Steps of Trump Anonymous

Posted on October 30, 2018 at 7:00am 6 Comments

1)  Admitted we are powerless over our addiction to Donald Trump and the loss of our moral compass.

2)  Came to believe a power greater than him would restore us to sanity.

3)  Made a decision to turn our will and our lives to the care of a real God as we understood her or him.

4)  Made a fearless moral inventory of ourselves and realized how we sold out.

5)  Admitted to a real God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our…

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The Media and the Midterms

Posted on October 18, 2018 at 9:30am 15 Comments

    I started out my professional life as a journalist, trained in it, and came to New York City for that purpose.  Specifically, a print journalist since I wasn't pretty or nice enough to get on TV.  My hero's were "investigative reporters," who broke the stories that changed the world, of course.  I wound up with jobs at places like Metalworking News, and…

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To An Old Friend

Posted on October 9, 2018 at 6:30am 3 Comments

In your Facebook photo

you look like you lost something

but don't know what it is.

I don't remember you

looking like that.…

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At 5:05am on May 12, 2017, J.P. Hart said…

" . . .the answer my friend . . ."

At 7:08am on October 9, 2016, Ned Netterville said…

Is a pleasure to be invited.  Who knows, may even be the nudge toward writing again I've needed.  The call of the blank page seems to have reactivated.  Thank you.

At 8:49pm on November 17, 2015, SeventhSister said…

Thanks, Ben!

At 2:12pm on November 4, 2015, mary gravitt said…

Thank you for becoming my friend.  I don't always answer right away because I don't have internet at home.

Mary

At 8:18am on October 1, 2015, grant ellsworth said…
What is "oS?"
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