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.