Out and about the other night, I ran into Makayla Alicea, President of the Erie County Young Dems. Chit chat ensued, politics on tap, and a question: who do you consider your chief demographic. It was a good question, but one I wasn't quite prepared for, in part because I'd like to say, everyone. That's the … Continue reading Changing the Conversation
#1) Not long ago, I happened upon a parade while away for work in West Virginia. Around the bend came the usual cavalcade of high school bands, and civic organizations, and various politicians riding in borrowed convertibles, and then: the WVU marching band, "The Pride of West Virginia." Now, I'm a Pennsylvania kid, born and … Continue reading On Pride
Washington politics are on fire, again, in this age of accelerated hate-spew and wedge-driving, arch-nemeses waging war with nothing at stake but our shared future. And that doesn't often really work out for us, y'know what I mean? Because national politics works on its own illogic, and not so much with an eye toward our … Continue reading Keeping It Local
You've probably seen the local firestorm, launched when someone provoked outrage on social media through a focused posting of a particular, incendiary corner of student work displayed in the art wing of a building at Allegheny College. (And, no point doing anything other than foregrounding this: I work there, and I am a creative writer, … Continue reading Art, Politics, and the Provocation of Free Speech
I grew up in Indiana County, PA, on a hundred acre farm in the Two Lick Valley. My father was an environmental biology professor at IUP and my mother a preschool teacher, but they also were farmers committed to the principles of land stewardship, in the vein of Wendell Berry and Aldo Leopold. I participated … Continue reading Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself
The 2020 Election season is closer than it appears. My campaign for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives - District 6 starts now.