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The eclipse approachs totality over Tuckasegee, NC - 21 August 2017

Date: August 28, 2017

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Why the eclipse is just what the U.S. needed

It was a week ago this hour that the moon’s shadow hovered over the United States on its 1800-mile-per-hour journey from Oregon to South Carolina. One in six Americans saw it in the path of totality, the partial zone or online. Although it may not have been a gold mine for tourism, it was a boon for science and discovery. It also sparked some long-absent wonder in a stricken country….

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cutting lines

Date: May 11, 2017

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When the Rules Don’t Matter

Fourth in a series on grant writing for social justice –  A pair of fascinating words coming back into wide use from the Italian language is “furbo” and “fesso.” The closest literal definition could be “clever person” and “foolish person,” but the context from archaic literature makes for a richer meaning about winning and losing. A furbo is not necessarily smart, but he is more likely to be able and…

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pen and money

Date: February 16, 2017

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“A Small Group of Thoughtful, Committed Citizens”

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead, cultural anthropologist (and Philly native!) claiming that change comes from the ground up   Third in a series on grant writing for social justice Every big idea starts small, at least in execution, and small projects often provide grant writers’ first successful submissions and project…

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Computer, meet a fist.

Date: February 9, 2017

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The Trouble with Trolling

It’s easy to think of trolls as crazed narcissistic psychopathic sadists, but anyone can be a troll. It’s an activity, not an identity, because the Internet is a deceptively “safe place” to put negativity and leave it like it never existed. Chronic trolls, however, do fit certain patterns: mostly Internet-savvy white males and other bored disaffected demographics. And, in the rarest of occasions, trolls are working their paid jobs. The…

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A banner at the Women's March on Philadelphia on January 21, 2017.

Date: January 31, 2017

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Kant Touch This: Corporations Learn to Be Kind

Many economic realities changed ten days ago when President Trump got to work. One thing, however, did not. It may soon appear that thinning government budgets led to more corporations and foundations funding social justice initiatives, but the market was already swinging that way. The Ford Foundation spent most of 2015 cutting more than half of their initiatives to focus solely on addressing the causes of inequality. The MacArthur Foundation hopes…

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