Author: March Twisdale

To Vote, or not to Vote: that is the question…

“I want freedom from taxation!” If you’ve ever been to America (or various other countries) you’ve probably heard someone say this, either in person or on the radio. And, many people who say this, actually mean it. Until they don’t; such as when their house catches fire, and they expect one or more well-stocked fire trucks to roll up, filled with skilled firefighters and hoses that can tap into a well-designed water system with sufficient pressure to stop the fire. For free. Of course, it’s not for free. It’s a gift, from everyone else in our community, whether they...

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Souls Aside, These Nuns Just Might Save Your Life

If you think Catholic Nuns live a simple life, praying all day long in a stone convent surrounded by meticulously tended gardens, removed from the secular world…think again! Catholic Nuns might be passing you, every day, in the grocery store, at your local hospital, along the halls of government, in your favorite local cafe, or outside the courtroom. No longer are they immediately recognizable by a “Whoopie Goldberg” style black & white habit…but care about you, and me, and our neighbors…they do.  As Sister Sandy Sherman expressed in an article titled Most Americans like Catholic sisters – they just...

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Sister Simone Campbell Interview – PPP068

Sister Simone Campbell has served as Executive Director of NETWORK since 2004, and is the leader of Nuns on the Bus. She is a religious leader, attorney and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change. In Washington, she lobbies on issues of economic justice, immigration reform, and healthcare. Around the country, she is a noted speaker and educator on these public policy issues. Go HERE to learn about their current 2018 tour of America! Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 56:37 — 38.9MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSS |...

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Who Do You Know That Is At Risk?

While driving along the Hood Canal, I stopped in at a sweet cafe, and a few minutes later a car pulled up. It had white-supremacist and hate-focused words written across the windows and sides of the car. The white couple (with kids) looked disempowered and angry, the man’s head was shaved, and it was a SOBERING reminder that this issue is everywhere. We must be mindful & take positive action. Today…Pittsburgh is experiencing actions very similar to those depicted in the movie BLACKkKLANSMAN (based upon a true story). If you haven’t yet, SEE the movie. It will move you,...

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I Haven’t Had a Vacation in Years (but I’m traveling more than ever)

Confused? So was I, until a little over a week ago, as I started packing for my trip around the world. Holy Shit! I’m actually going around the world! (No, I’m not joking. Yes, that just hit me.) (I’m back. Heartbeat normal.) Okay, then! Vacation versus travel. That’s the topic and so, let me ask you two questions. What is a vacation and what is travel? Don’t care? Well, if I do my job correctly, by the end of this article, you’ll agree that this question ranks right up there with, “Will Trump be re-elected?” Don’t believe me? You...

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Josh Tickell Interview – PPP067

Josh Tickell is a Sundance Award Winning film director, bestselling author and thought leader in the fields of youth, climate and alternative energy. In 1997, Josh’s vividly painted “Veggie Van” made headlines across the United States as it picked up used frying oil and turned it into fuel. His subsequent movie, FUEL, went to theaters globally and was shown in the White House. He is author of the books KISS THE GROUND and THE REVOLUTION GENERATION. He is the co-director and producer of the upcoming documentaries entitled KISS THE GROUND and THE REVOLUTION GENERATION. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 56:14 — 38.6MB)...

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Kevin Sheller Interview – PPP066

Kevin Sheller (aka Xane Daniel) joined me on the show, to share the inspiration behind his comic book series: Righteous! Struck with an incredible idea after lamenting the state of the world, Xane wasted no time in assembling an experienced team of artists to create his vision. A 21-year veteran of the video game industry, Xane’s first foray into comic creation is not a foreign concept, thanks to all the years of working with extremely diverse and talented artists. Xane writes and produces the popular series while living and working in the Chicago suburbs. Podcast: Play in new window |...

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In Patriarchies, Women Sell Out or Get Power from The Men

Of course, this isn’t always true…but as a rule? It is. Which puts us, as women voters, in a difficult position. Voting for the vagina on the ticket, deeply underperforms as a guarantee, just like voting for the bible-thumper, the “family values homophobe,” and other people who wave a singular special interest flag…fail us again and again. Let’s be honest with ourselves. When it comes to “power class” women, we are usually looking at a woman who has sold out to the patriarchy as a whole or has obtained her power through the males within her family. These women,...

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The Role of Men in Ending Misogyny

I want to share what I hope will be a SUCCESSFUL reply to the first man who (with all the good intentions in the world) jumped up and “mansplained” how my essay, Stop Mansplaining and Start Listening, got it all wrong. Why am I sharing this? Because we don’t succeed by writing about the issue…we succeed by changing people’s thinking. It’s not enough to be correct, if the audience goes home unchanged, right? So, here goes! Dear Dave, Thank you for your comment. Most men in America (many of them, good & sincere people) share your hope that things...

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Stop Mansplaining & Start Listening

First, if the term “mansplaining” irritates you, go HERE to learn what the term actually means. Now, for all the MEN who have been openly critical of women who are protesting in Washington DC this past week…listen up! You are not capable of understanding the frustration that is felt by women in this country. Yes I just said that and I meant what I said. No, don’t start telling me why I’m wrong. You’ve only read three sentences so far. (Keep reading and try to understand what I’m saying.) You CAN empathize, listen, care, and if you are a...

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