Beyond ‘Refuse to be Afraid’

“They” have always wanted “us” to be afraid, and they’ve stepped up their game the past two years. It’s harder than ever to refuse to be afraid: “They” have “us” questioning every sniffle and worrying about every cough.  The intensity of it all is enough to make a person angry. Some of the fear mongeringContinue reading “Beyond ‘Refuse to be Afraid’”

An election party where nobody came

(Dipping way into the archives for this one, originally posted July 7, 2008.) Well, it’s been a quiet week in Freedomville, my hometown … I sense a disturbance in the Force, or something. It’s an uneasiness in a soul that has chosen not to participate in the charade we call a “presidential election.” Or theContinue reading “An election party where nobody came”

It was a Wonderful Life before public domain changed

The story of the movie It’s a Wonderful Life is a heartwarming one that can’t be repeated, “thanks” to changes enacted in copyright law not long after its surge in popularity. You’ve probably heard the story: The film was a disappointment at the box office in 1946, and its copyright under the old law wasContinue reading “It was a Wonderful Life before public domain changed”