Author: March Twisdale

Open Letter to Senator Guy Palumbo, WA State

Dear Senator Palumbo, I live on Vashon Island, previously West Seattle, and before that Redmond. I have raised my children over the past 20 years, with tremendous attention being paid to every parenting decision, from birth to breastfeeding to vaccines to other areas of medical care to schooling to ethics and values, and so on. I come from an allopathic medical family, watching my step-father go through medical school and spending many nights in the local hospital, where my Mother worked in the ICU, while being dropped off by one and taken home by the other. I remember spending...

Read More

When Will We Stop Trusting Them & Start Being Us?

What scares me about corporate oligarchy is the repetitive nature of its successes.What worries me about my fellow people is our repetitive failure to protect ourselves.What I wish everyone wanted to prevent, was the combination of these two things. There is a very real interest in maintaining the “facade” of a representative democracy. The Oligarchy needs that curtain to hide behind. This means, they need their puppets to be elected by us…creating a mirage that our “checks and balances” are still in place. To achieve this goal, the people who use legal corporate structures to amass unnecessary and grotesque...

Read More

Jaw Hit the Table and Got Stuck

I think this is going to become a theme…Q: How do you know who to vote for, in 2020? A: The person who the establishment is gunning against! THE BULLSHIT HAS BEGUN, FOLKS, SO PLEASE TAKE NOTE AND LET IT MAKE YOU IMPERVIOUS TO MANIPULATION GOING FORWARD! Quote: CNN on Wednesday admitted it failed to disclose the Democratic Party ties of audience members who asked questions during its recent Sen. Bernie Sanders town hall.“Though we said at the beginning of the Town Hall that the audience was made up of Democrats and Independents, we should have more fully identified...

Read More

All you have to do is this little, simple thing…

I don’t have much to say. It’s simple. We can all be a part of the change we want to see in the world, or not. That’s it. You will have a million excuses handed to you. A thousand rationales for why you should stop. Hundreds of logical reasons to give up, because what you want…is impossible. Except, it’s not.Here’s a hint. Choose wisely. There is something out there that you care so much about, believe in so deeply, need to see happen so desperately…that nothing will stop you.Find that.Because it is the one pathway forward that is immune...

Read More

New Deal? How about a New Narrative?

Today, the movement triggered by Bernie Sanders’ 2015-2016 Campaign for the Democratic Nomination gets a lungful of fresh air. Yes, he will run.The 2019-2020 Campaign for the Democratic Nomination will be nothing like the last one. Nothing. Totally different! Except for one thing. The players on the field remain the same. American Politics is defined by money. It’s sort of like high school baseball. A tour bus rolls in and kids from the only private school in the district pour out, prepared to do battle with their economic inferiors. Usually, the rich kids dominate the league, benefiting from years...

Read More

Stay long enough…

How’s winter treating everyone? It’s been an intense one up here, along the northern half of the continental U.S., with Arctic Vortexes and Snowmaggedon! On a more personal note, I’ve been thoroughly introduced to the vagaries of our later years, as my Dad passed on December 1st (love you, Dad) and my amazing and inspirational sister has been facing a terminal cancer diagnosis since November (love you, Molly). As the promise of spring tempts us from the finish line of this year’s winter endurance race, I hope that you are doing well, and I imagine you may be wistfully...

Read More

Since when was more work good?

Dear President & Americans Who Think,Why should Americans be proud that we have “more women in the workforce” than ever before? WHY?The purpose of our social evolution and technological prowess should be one thing: TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF HOURS HUMAN BEINGS NEED TO WORK IN ORDER TO SURVIVE.Get it? So, let’s see. MORE women in the workforce than ever before, huh? That would mean what, exactly?(1) OLDER WOMEN, who normally caretake aging parents, are no longer able to do so…so, who is taking care of Mom and Dad?(2) RETIRED WOMEN, who used to garden and bake and knit...

Read More

Betsy Bell Interview – PPP071

Betsy Bell, mother, grandmother, businesswoman, is a longtime justice activist. Publications include poems in various chapbooks and magazines; a personal essay in The Oklahoma Review, a non-fiction piece, Sex, Death and Line Dancing, in Stratus, and an opinion piece on senior living in the Seattle Times. Born in New York City in 1937, she has witnessed firsthand the social upheaval created by WWII and the persistent fear of communist power from the USSR and its allies. Reaching across boundaries that separate us from The Other has been a constant thread in Betsy’s life. Twice widowed, she has lived and worked in Seattle since 1969....

Read More

Cathy Yardley Interview – PPP070

Since my first paid gig as a writer in 1999, I’ve written fun love stories. Even when I tried to write angsty, I couldn’t keep the humor out — it’s hard-wired. Now I roll with it. I’ve been letting my geek flag fly here for a while. Some of my favorite authors are Penny Reid, Courtney Milan, Tessa Dare, Charlotte Stein, Marian Keyes, Jim Butcher, Alisha Rai, and Patrick Rothfuss. When not writing, I’m usually chasing my son and two dogs around the Pacific Northwest, usually admonishing someone to either eat something, stop eating something, or put something down....

Read More

Four Arrows Interview PPP069

Wahinkpe Topa (Four Arrows), aka Donald Trent Jacobs, Ph.D., Ed.D. Fielding Graduate University Born in Missouri in 1946, Four Arrows is Irish, Tsalagi and a made relative of the Oglala Lakota Medicine Horse Tiospaye. Currently a professor at Fielding Graduate University, he served as Director of Education at Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Reservation where he fulfilled his Sun Dance Vows.  After leaving the U.S. Marine Corps, a variety of adventures brought him to live or work closely among the Raramuri, Kunkaak, Navajo as well. With doctoral degrees in Health Psychology and in Curriculum and Instruction (with a cognate in Indigenous worldview), he has authored...

Read More