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“Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right” by Arlie Russell Hochschild

What the hell happened in the USA in 2016? I gaped at the anger that kicked liberals in the teeth on election night. Take that f’ers. Confused, I made an effort to better understand the right. I asked questions with an open mind. What I got was disturbing: “the Koran orders Muslims to kill us”, “climate change is just weather.” What bothered me most was the cold anger, now thaw...ing under a Trump star. Just as I was about to slink back into my echo chamber I came across an important book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild. A Berkeley liberal, Hochschild spent five years in arch-conservative Louisiana, bayou country, listening to what the other side had to say.

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“Dust in the Wind” by Kansas. My Alter-Hymnal and “Musica Universalis.” http://johnmiedema.com/2017/02/25/alter-hymnal/

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I am estranged from a community of faith. I can live with that. http://johnmiedema.com/2017/02/19/estranged/

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The elephant is a symbol of memory. One strand in this series will be memoir, my stories. http://johnmiedema.com/2017/02/06/elephant/

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Nosebook. Anyone who walks a dog will understand. Inspired by the good humour of Wilson L. and Marcel L. http://johnmiedema.com/2017/02/04/nosebook/

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Trump -- evil yes, genius no. We are stunned by Trump's bulldozer run of executive orders. He has caused distress and confusion worldwide. He has accelerated violence. Muslims have reason to be afraid. I rarely use the word, but this is evil. We are angry and venting. Protest is everywhere. Analysts call Trump’s tactic a “shock event”, a ploy to numb us in advance of worse things. [ 233 more words ]

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Trump — evil yes, genius no. We are stunned by Trump’s bulldozer run of executive orders. He has caused distress and confusion worldwide. He has accelerated violence. Muslims have reaso…
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It's snappy, it's sexy, it's fun. If a love story is measured by the obstacles the lovers must overcome then La La Land is the complement, lovers falling into each other's arms then life prying them apart. It tugs at your heart strings if you're twenty-something arts student, and I was once. You can't say it's too Hollywood -- it is Hollywood at its sweetest. If you love musicals and dance movies you will like La Land Land.

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It’s snappy, it’s sexy, it’s fun. If a love story is measured by the obstacles the lovers must overcome then La La Land is the complement, lovers falling into each other’s a…
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Welcome to the family, Charis, my new grandniece, daughter of Rachel and Bradley, Cape Town, South Africa.

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Welcome to the family, Charis, my new grandniece, daughter of Rachel and Bradley, Cape Town, South Africa.
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Just dive in. Draw the first panel, draw the last, draw a couple in between. Rough sketches. Took me about ten minutes. Scanned it, posted it. A hit. Ta da, I was a Comic Artist. Comic art is about life. You don't have to be a comic to write a comic strip. Just pay extra attention to what's going on in your day. [ 386 more words ]

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Just dive in. Draw the first panel, draw the last, draw a couple in between. Rough sketches. Took me about ten minutes. Scanned it, posted it. A hit. Ta da, I was a Comic Artist. Comic art is about…
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“Do not believe any idea … in which the muscles do not also revel”
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