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Articles by: Sally Dugman

Stopping Hate Crimes!

Stopping Hate Crimes!

 There are two states that I think are best in my country, USA. That’s here in MA where I live and VT. My state is called the pinko (meaning communist) state by many people. I don’t think that the moniker fits, but who cares about the way that we are named? I have not met a single commie in my[Read More…]

Adopting A City, A Town Or Another Classroom

Adopting A City, A Town Or Another Classroom

Several years ago I read a children’s non-fictional book about a young American girl, who had a pen-pal in Holland shortly after WWII. This meant that they wrote letters to each other back and forth about their lives and became long-distance friends. One of the facts that the American child learned was that the war had taken a terrible toll[Read More…]

Supporting Multi- Culturalism, Ethnicity, Races And Religions

Supporting Multi- Culturalism, Ethnicity, Races And Religions

The day before I graduated from high school, at the oldest coeducational private school in the USA and a Quaker (Religious Society of Friends) one, my parents honored me by a fantastic breakfast and lunch. Then they drove me to school for one last night to sleep there, where I’d boarded for three years, because people from my class were[Read More…]

Bringing Up Progressive Children

Bringing Up Progressive Children

 One’s living in a proactively progressive family is not easy from a number of standpoints. Especially as a youngster, one can feel torn between wanting to fit in with contemporaries and standing up for an altogether different viewpoint and lifestyle — an alternative that could cause one to be ostracized and shunned by peers. Relative to this, I well remember[Read More…]

Should Children Be Exposed To Violence?

Should Children Be Exposed To Violence?

When I was five years old, my parents bought a television set. It was in 1955 when TV’s became affordable for the common household in the USA. One of the first films that I saw on it was a very scary cartoon of upright vertical accordions hopping around and squeezing down on a stage with a sound as they alternately[Read More…]

Where ARE We Heading?

Where ARE We Heading?

My friend, Ashok A. in India, wrote me: “Clearly the main wealth of America lies in the vast territories it has usurped [from Native Americans – S. D.] and holds.  I agree, much of the world’s population will perish in this century.  We’ll be long gone.  Our children – those who survive – will find it in them to sustain[Read More…]

Priceless!

Priceless!

For starters, I needed housing during my stay for a week to visit my daughter in PA from my home in MA, USA while she carried out her undergraduate education southward of me. So my daughter looked for a cheap motel for me. It turns out that it was a welfare motel, a place where low income people live, something[Read More…]

The Benefits Of Being A Slave

The Benefits Of Being A Slave

    My friend K. Sheshu Babu wrote a statement: If government’s see people as private property, that may be ok because at least they ‘ value ‘ them. But, they see people as ‘ voting machines ‘ which is worse than slaves … The politicians Garner votes during elections and forget that they are in the govt because of[Read More…]

Are YOU Owned By YOUR Government?

Are YOU Owned By YOUR Government?

  Apparently I have been owned by my USA government from the day that I was born and passed out of my mother. From that day onward, it became illegal for me to kill myself. (What is the judge in my trial case going to do if I try to do so and don’t succeed – put me in jail?[Read More…]

Progress?

Progress?

The headline for my town’s local newspaper reads: “Grant secured, library looks toward construction.” Do you think that this news makes me happy? No, it actually makes me glum. The reason is that we do not need bigger, better, more of everything at the expense of the natural world. Our library is fine just the way that it is. It[Read More…]

Disgusting World?

Disgusting World?

    Around a month ago, my sister said to me, “This world is disgusting.” She knew that I would understand her and, so, she didn’t need to say more. In other words, she had no imperative to explain her meanings, nor an inclination to back them up with facts to prove her viewpoint. She comprehends me well enough in[Read More…]

Acceptable Versus Unacceptable Ways To Go Forward!

Acceptable Versus Unacceptable Ways To Go Forward!

In the natural world, a mother bear, during a particularly harsh winter in which it is hard to capture prey, will often eat one of her cubs. It will nearly always be the runt unless the larger one is sickly. If she is still hungry and unable to locate food from other species later that same winter, she will consume[Read More…]

Alone Together: The Return of Communal Restaurant Tables

Abundance: Gifting It Forward

A few times a year, my parents took me to a restaurant in NYC when I was very young, indeed under school age. For the occasion, my parents asked me to dress-up – to put on best fancy clothes and shoes, my patent leather ones — all black, shiny and perfect to go out on the town. I complied. So[Read More…]

What Does It Mean To Be Human?

What Does It Mean To Be Human?

  I asked my employer yesterday about the way that he dealt with tragedy in life, especially since there is so much of it always erupting everywhere. He answered that he tries to find something of joy to celebrate in every day and tries to bring something good to others – other people, other animals and other life as a[Read More…]

“Creating A Barren World”

“Creating A Barren World”

  Some people have likened the Earth to a relatively small lifeboat wheeling in an incredibly vast sea of outer space. If they also think that the sinking of the Titanic was a sad disaster, they will be heartbroken over the tragic devastation when this sort of decimating occurrence happens on a planetary scale … Some time ago, I read[Read More…]

The U.S.' priciest house for sale is a Bel-Air mansion that includes 7 staffers and a helicopter - LA Times

The Bad, The Good And The Horrid

A week ago, I was eating lunch and turned on the TV. (Sometimes I don’t know the reason that I bother since so much is disturbing to view on the television, such as murders, car thefts, nightclub shootings, wars, rapes and so on, along with nonsense programs.) Yet I did so anyway and saw part of a show about a[Read More…]

After Peak Oil, Are We Heading Toward Social Collapse?

After Peak Oil, Are We Heading Toward Social Collapse?

  Several years ago, Glen Sweetnam, director of the International, Economic and Greenhouse Gas division of the Energy Information Administration at the Department of Energy (DOE), announced that worldwide oil availability had reached a “plateau.” However, his statement was not made known through a major US mainstream media outlet. Instead, it was covered in France’s Le Monde. One could assume[Read More…]

Charity CEO’s Get Rich by Taking From the Poor

Charity CEO’s Get Rich by Taking From the Poor

The greed and selfishness that the free market capitalist economy inspires seem to impact every area of social and commercial interaction in consenting societies. It’s not just Wall Street and government leaders caught in the trap. It’s the entire system that is set to keep moving ever more money to the top economic tier by siphoning it from the bottom[Read More…]

High Plains Food Bank, USA

Putting Food On All Tables

  Please note that if you have hungry impoverished people in your region, you can find ways to get financial and food donations from various individuals and groups, such as farmers at markets or at their farms, religious groups, charitable organizations, grocery stores and other sources. So they are worthwhile to pursue. While you might not have immediate success on[Read More…]

Coventry, after the air raid of 14 November 1940

Protecting Life

  During World War Two, parents with children in London sent their children to the countryside of Great Britain to live with strangers while not knowing with whom they’d be placed, nor whether they would, indeed, ever see them again. They packed their children’s little suitcases with hairbrushes, toothbrushes, the favorite stuffed animals to comfortingly clutch at night, clothes, shoes,[Read More…]

We Don’t Want It! Don’t You Get It?

We Don’t Want It! Don’t You Get It?

  Is the whole world sacred or, if you’re personally not religious enough to use the term “sacred,” worthwhile and NECESSARY to salvage? Are other life forms other than humans worthy to preserve? Do we need the holistic unity of us all to collectively survive, ourselves, as a species in addition to maintaining the world around us? Do we need[Read More…]

Forcefully Pushing Forward!

Forcefully Pushing Forward!

Excellent, short and worthwhile to watch: Man beaten by Sacramento police officer speaks out … caught on camera beating a pedestrian… Excerpted from Washington Post article on the same subject: When Nandi Cain Jr. was seen on video getting slammed to the ground and pummeled repeatedly by a police officer, that was not the end of his ordeal, according to[Read More…]

The Way Of The World!

The Way Of The World!

I’ll be the first to admit that members of our species can show incredible acts of kindness to and sacrifice for others, even strangers. Some will even give up their own lives for strangers. I know this is so and have factual evidence testifying to this being true. However, we do have a vicious side to our natures. … Look,[Read More…]

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A Tribute To Garda Ghista

A Tribute To Garda Ghista

  I had a friend, who died several years ago from breast cancer. Her name was Garda Ghista. She was a dedicated writer, as can be seen here at the next link, and personally did all that she could muster to serve others. Indeed, she was driven to do so. Amazon.com: Garda Ghista: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle https://www.amazon.com/Garda-Ghista/e/B004LXVFOW The[Read More…]

You Want Change? Then You Must Work For It!

You Want Change? Then You Must Work For It!

  Several years ago, I saw a dark skinned woman in her early twenties and sporting Nigerian clothes in front of me at a bank ATM station. (I was many decades older than she while also a blond and white skinned. I figured that it was a great opportunity to hear her views about racism in the USA, the country[Read More…]

Honoring The Rain And Our Overall Water Supply

Honoring The Rain And Our Overall Water Supply

  A few years ago I saw a film of a weak and hungry mother leopard hunting day after day to try to find food for herself and her teenager, a son less adept at hunting than she was due to his being young. It was impossible since drought created water deficits indirectly caused in part by climate change impacts.[Read More…]

The Reason That I, A US Citizen, Stand Against The India Beef Ban

The Reason That I, A US Citizen, Stand Against The India Beef Ban

The reason that I care about this food issue, although I personally can eat beef any day of the week that I may please since I live in the USA, is really simple. It ultimately goes back to the underlying theme of this poem: “First they came …” is a poem written by German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984). It[Read More…]

Beef Ban And The Fascist Assault On Society

Beef Ban And The Fascist Assault On Society

I wish the people in India the best of good fortune in this alarming situation taking place in India so as to end beef farming, the beef industry overall and beef consumption. What will the central government start to dictate next? Will it be clothing styles, lack of public schools for girls or people of lower castes, the diet that[Read More…]

Getting Sensible And Realistic About Maladaptive Behaviors

Getting Sensible And Realistic About Maladaptive Behaviors

Feeding 9 Billion | National Geographic National Geographic1536 × 1152Search by image “Picture of [a] pig farm in Mato Grosso, Brazil, with sows confined …” [Presumably, they can’t stand, nor move.  Stuck in one position, they are forced to lie on one side to nurse after being artificially inseminated. They do so day after day, week after week and month after month[Read More…]

Growing Up With A Monster In Your Life!

Growing Up With A Monster In Your Life!

As children, my sister and I used to feel sorry for ourselves from time to time while having a brother, who’s a pathological narcissist. He was by no means easy with whom to interact day after day and year after year while growing up. Pathological narcissism | definition of Pathological narcissism by … medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Pathological+narcissism a psychiatric diagnosis characterized by an[Read More…]

The Navajo Way!

The Navajo Way!

    It is sickening, tiring and frustrating to year after year deal with racism and bigotry. What does it matter whether directed against darker skinned peoples, people from other cultures, people designated as less than equal due to a caste system or the fact that some group wants the resources or land that the other group has and, so,[Read More…]

The Hand

The Hand

Around nine years ago, I read a very powerful poem called “The Hand.” It haunts me to this day as it perfectly summed up the utter travesty, ugliness and brutality of warmongering activities whether nation to nation or in smaller scale regional conflicts. The aftermath of carnage explained in the poetry was straight to the point. It starkly showed the[Read More…]

Fixing the Waste and Garbage Problems (Sort Of)

Fixing the Waste and Garbage Problems (Sort Of)

Garbage, pollution, toxins, diseases: All can be carried in the air, via the water supply and through the land, itself. Anyone who doubts that this is so needs only to look at what Indian Point nuclear plant, concerning which 17 million people live within fifty miles of it, has done: It doesn’t take an accident at the Indian Point nuclear[Read More…]

The Bad Brother!

The Bad Brother!

  My younger brother, Rick, wasn’t meant to be born. That is — he wound up as an accidental birth concerning which my mother had mistakenly gotten pregnant only one month after I was born. Her ob-gyn was alarmed by the occurrence. He was the one, along with my mother and my father since the twosome were co-joined in decision-making[Read More…]

Conflict Resolution: White Feathers of Peace

Conflict Resolution: White Feathers of Peace

Absolutely, I get deeply angry at the carnage that our species demonstrates towards others of our kind and other species, the ones that are a part of the natural world that we dismantle for economic growth. Yet sometimes anger is necessary as it pushes one to where he doesn’t want to tread and to be someone he’d like to avoid[Read More…]

Climate Change And Other Dire Difficulties

Climate Change And Other Dire Difficulties

  To do nothing what-soever except minimally (such as recycling garbage) in light of coming climate change impacts for a small portion of the world — well, we know to where this feebly enacted, but basically empty non-action leads. Same-old patterns exist until forcing a change as the same-old ones are no longer workable given changing impacting variables at the[Read More…]

Dealing With Tragedies In Life

Dealing With Tragedies In Life

Unavoidably, we all sometimes face seemingly insurmountable tragedies in our lives that can disassemble us in dreadful ways, such as a death of an only child or a deeply loved mate. So what do we do to pull ourselves back together after such overwhelming loss? It’s all about the ways that we use outrageous, totally devastating tragedies in their aftermath[Read More…]

Setting An Example

Setting An Example

    When I was a child, I took it for granted that my world would always be surrounded by the beauty and wonder of many other species included in it. For example, I thought that it was normal to see many mourning doves flap out of a stand of trees next to my home while starting, shortly before dawn’s[Read More…]

Don’t Poison Yourself: A Warning As It’s Too Late For Us!

Don’t Poison Yourself: A Warning As It’s Too Late For Us!

Yesterday one of my friends visited my home. I offered her big fluffy kernels of organic popcorn cooked in sunflower oil. I recommend both products: Great Northern Popcorn Organic Yellow Gourmet Popcorn All Natural, 5 Pounds and Baja Precious – Organic Sunflower Oil, 750ml (25.3 Fl Oz). You don’t have these products in your country? Then go for something comparable.[Read More…]

“A homeless sleeps amid a snow storm outside the White House in Washington D.C., capital of the United States…” [Photo: Xinhua/Zhang Jun]

On Finding A Homeless Person In A Blizzard!

  Personally if I were to find even one homeless person sleeping in the icy snow not far from my home, I’d make it a habit to always nightly check the area for others in the same condition and, in the least, call a local shelter for a pick-up of him, give him hot tea and a sandwich, as well[Read More…]

Preventing Starvation By Filling Backpacks

Preventing Starvation By Filling Backpacks

  Any amount of income above these amounts listed below translates to one’s family presumably not being in poverty in the USA. So no or very few government benefits accrue for those involved in low income status if above the federal impoverishment guidelines. To put it all in a realistic perspective, let’s look at the monthly cost for a one[Read More…]

Hawkeye: Shunner of the Status Quo

Hawkeye: Shunner of the Status Quo

Hawkeye was one of the most colorful people whom I’ve ever known since the time of my first having met him as a toddler. It was because of his basic life’s position and sometimes unusual choices. Indeed, his alternative selection to the norm as a way to move forward in life was impressive to me. He embodied the Quaker outlook[Read More…]

Kate E. And Lady Gaga, Defenders of the Maligned

Kate E. And Lady Gaga, Defenders of the Maligned

I’m sick of the wars, utterly sick of all of them. They happen abroad in a panoramic view involving thousands if not a million or more and right on USA soil on a greatly curtailed scale. Sometimes they are big and sometimes they are small. The types that happen within families, I suppose, are small versions and can involve even[Read More…]

Mary, Protector Of The Harmed

Mary, Protector Of The Harmed

I met Mary H. when I was sixteen years old. She was twenty at the time and my parents had been asked by NYC Quakers to take her for the summer months. Her “story” went like this. Born in a fundamentalist Christian Maryland, USA family — she had parents paying for her to attend a university in Maryland. Then one[Read More…]

Religiosity

Religiosity

  I couldn’t believe my eyes while flipping TV channels. There on one station are two guys smacking each other upside their heads. All that I could see was them inflicting injury and life-long damage onto each other via teeth loss, broken noses, concussions, skull cracks and so on. Meanwhile the audience is cheering as these two fellows slam each[Read More…]

What Kind of Woman IS This?

What Kind of Woman IS This?

  I’ll be frank. I do not like everyone. For example I strongly dislike Josef Mengele, a Nazi medical doctor who tied a Jew’s legs together while she was giving birth so as to see the medical results. I also do not like Marjorie M. She was the wealthiest woman in the world when I was a child. She sent[Read More…]

Just The Way It Is!

Just The Way It Is!

I’ve six categories greatly bothering me as I speculate about the future and they’re all interrelated — inextricably connected to each other in myriad ways like a web that can’t ever be pulled apart. Here, though, they are separately and categorically exposed in an artificial manner that abnegates the connections, the fusions and tentacles that tie all together in a[Read More…]

Dakota Pipeline: The Best Way Forward!

Dakota Pipeline: The Best Way Forward!

The Lakota, my people in spirit, fighting the Dakota pipeline know. Whatever else is best for us to do as a life aim than to serve helpfulness? Seven generation stewardship is a concept that urges the current generation of humans to live and work for the benefit of the seventh generation into the future.- From Seven generation sustainability – Wikipedia[Read More…]

The Perfect Necklace

The Perfect Necklace

Many years ago, my parents visited a Masai village in Kenya. Many of the Masai are environmentalists, and know that maintaining assorted wildlife, including a variety of plants in their region, is good for the planet. Simultaneously their orientation supports the tourism industry. It’s because regions in their country rich in biological diversity attract visitors from other countries. Yet they[Read More…]

The Good Sister, A Model For US All!

The Good Sister, A Model For US All!

Fourteen months older than am I, my sister was a terror as a toddler. I understand it from an evolutionary standpoint now, although I didn’t then as a little girl. Often there wasn’t enough food for all for ancient ancestors and the dominant child would get the brunt. It’s like a baby bird in the nest — the stronger and[Read More…]

Bad Schools

Bad Schools

Be Careful In Selecting An Early Childhood Center For Your Children’s Care! They may look good on the outside — on the skin level. Yet many are rotten to the core! Recently I learned from TV channel seven news reports that 10,000 of the 70,000 early child care centers in Massachusetts, USA are under intense investigation at any given time[Read More…]

Colonial enslavement of Native Americans, 
An image from 1595 depicting conflict between Native Americans in Mexico and Spanish colonists led by Francisco de Montejo. Courtesy of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University

Sub-Humans — Just What Are We To Do with Them, The Vermin?

I just now read an article that states: Native American slavery “is a piece of the history of slavery that has been glossed over,” says Linford D. Fisher, associate professor of history at Brown University. “Between 1492 and 1880, between 2 and 5.5 million Native Americans were enslaved in the Americas in addition to 12.5 million African slaves.”  From Colonial[Read More…]

“I Am THE Supremacy And Aim To Keep It That Way!”

“I Am THE Supremacy And Aim To Keep It That Way!”

The President of the USA simply needs to give up dangerous, immoral notions and statements that can only lead to ever deepening tragedy and further horrific conflicts between us and the presumed “Other.” These all-out conflicts simply need to end.

Winners And Losers

Winners And Losers

  On Tuesday morning after Sunday’s Superbowl football game in TX, USA, I turned on the TV to try to catch the news during breakfast. Every news channel had suspended the news in favor of discussing the parade for the Superbowl football winners from my state of MA. The announcers all sounded deliriously happy or were faking extreme and over-the-top[Read More…]

Moving Successfully Towards Future Improvements In A Distressed World

Moving Successfully Towards Future Improvements In A Distressed World

In my view, there is no major significant difference between legal, illegal or other immigrants (i.e., those with Visa or Green Card status) coming from out-of-state into my region. Indeed, I would be willing to endure the hard trek into the USA from a southern country if I lived in a region wherein there were drug cartels, no jobs, little[Read More…]

Illustration by Marco Cibola

Pacifism (???)

I grew up in a Quaker pacifist family. Many Quaker children have a problem to express anger or contention since it is strongly inculcated to “forgive and forget,” assist others like murderers, “love thy neighbor as thine self,” avoid warfare in any form (even in small squabbles with family members when a sibling grabs your toy with which you were[Read More…]

Where We’re Heading (If We Don’t Take Heed)

Where We’re Heading (If We Don’t Take Heed)

  Written to a friend: Look — no sweat about the particulars of here and now with Trump (vs.Clinton) being the winner in the US Presidential election contest. Either way, there’s no big difference when one looks at the bigger, long-term picture. You personally know about where the world is going with increasing human overpopulation, climate change (which according to[Read More…]

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