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Sex harassment claims at Sacramento City Hall — what’s race got to do with anything?

Aug 6, 2015

“He’s a credit to his race.” That’s what well-meaning white folks used to say about blacks, such as boxer Joe Louis, who succeeded in the public arena. The implication, of course, was that Louis had come a long way from … Continue reading

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Dividing line between male and female athletes gets blurred

Aug 5, 2015

In writing Monday about a transgender swimmer set to enroll at Harvard, I came across two other stories related to the increasingly fluid dividing line between male and female athletes. In the first, the Court of Arbitration for Sport, based … Continue reading

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Gender identity issue shakes up Harvard swim teams

Aug 3, 2015

Back in the mid-1960s, when I was young and adventurous and open to new experiences, I made the acquaintance of Camille, a man who identified as a woman and felt trapped in the wrong body. Camille was saving money in … Continue reading

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Reading between the lines on Mayor Johnson, racism and arena bond sale

Jul 29, 2015

Thanks to news junkies on social media, I’ve been directed to interesting perspectives on two intriguing subjects: Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and the city’s bond rating. I say “intriguing” because what you see on the surface with Johnson as well … Continue reading

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Some took the high road in Sacramento’s arena-subsidy fight

Jul 27, 2015

To paraphrase Shakespeare, something is rotten in the city of Sacramento. Anyone who has followed the arena subsidy issue has smelled the stink while realizing the difficulty of confirming the skulduggery at work. So let us give thanks to Isaac … Continue reading

Writing From Your Guts Without Spilling The Beans

Jul 24, 2015

Was this the summer you promised yourself you’d really get working on your memoir? It’s not too late, you know.   I’m offering this half-day workshop in my home to a limited number of writers. We’ll write, we’ll read, and we’ll share our experiences both good and bad in writing memoir. This is very much...


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From Gen. Robert E. Lee to John McCain, hero worship carries a price

Jul 23, 2015

These are strange times on the moral-issues front.  It took the killing of nine blacks in a Charleston, S.C., church before fair-minded citizens started seriously confronting the symbolism of flying the Confederate flag over government buildings and naming schools after … Continue reading

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Cite Your Sources!

Does my title bring back horrible memories of high school, when the teacher wrote "cite your sources" in big red pen on your page? Well, he or she was right. I saw this graphic on my facebook timeline.  I sighed. It's getting worse. THIS IS NOT OK! First of all, the commonly used (and incorrect) statistic is 30%....

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About guys who grunt in the weight room

Jul 20, 2015

An athletic club is a good place to study human nature. I continue to be puzzled why some of my fellow members at the upscale Capital Athletic Club in Sacramento feel it’s appropriate to discard their dirty towels on the … Continue reading

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