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Just a thought by Judith Martin-Straw

Just a Thought – Loss of Privilege Feels Like Oppression (Part 2)

Just a Thought – Loss of Privilege Feels Like Oppression  (Part 2)

It is never about what happens. It is always about what you do in response to what happens. While I feel that, intellectually, I should have known better, I'm really still in shock. A democracy has voted the alt-Reich into power. It seems there are far more people than I thought there even could be who are totally comfortable with rape, mocking the disabled, racism, anti-Semitism and [...]

Just a Thought – Real Pain

Just a Thought – Real Pain

I have been, since last Tuesday night, in a great deal of pain. Like a lot of people in Culver City, the loss of the election, the complete conservative lock on every branch of government, has been heart wrenching.  But as I reminded my daughters on Wednesday morning, we live in the state of California, one of the three states in the union where women's rights are constitutionally guaranteed, [...]

Just a Thought – Not Just on Paper

Just a Thought – Not Just on Paper

I recognized just yesterday what I was feeling - the slightly dizzy, somewhat queasy sense of being overwhelmed. The desire to discuss was blocked by the anxiety of knowing I was not ready for a confrontation. If someone disagreed, if someone wanted to argue, I was not up for it. I'd cringe, I'd crumble, I'd cry. I did none of those things. I worked, I taught, I cooked. I ran, I did a lot of [...]

Just a Thought – Summer is Over

Just a Thought – Summer is Over

It’s time for us to understand that summer is over. While we hurry towards Election Day, we need to understand that we are not simply turning another election cycle or another year. This is the end of an era, and we will all be better off when it’s over. Alice Walker’s short story, “The Flowers” gives us summer through the eyes of a young girl, happily playing in nature, gathering [...]

Just a Thought – Unbelievable

Just a Thought – Unbelievable

The headline could read "Political Junkie in Critical Condition - Overdose Suspected." It's a train wreck that has opened up a cutaway, and what looked bad from the outside looks insane from the inside. The Republican candidate bragging about assaulting women. The Republican candidate quoting from a Russian propaganda site information that was easily and almost instantly tracked to Newsweek.  [...]

Just a Thought – Parade Right

Just a Thought – Parade Right

As challenging as it is to write about an event that hasn't happened yet, I'd like everyone to take a moment from their arduous and detailed prep work, and reflect on the fact that this is a celebration. This is about fun. The Centennial is a pretty special kind of anniversary. Consider the boomtown/ghost town cycle that has taken many cities down in decades or less. Think of the vast ocean of [...]

Just a Thought – Loss of Privilege Feels Like Oppression

Just a Thought – Loss of Privilege Feels Like Oppression

Now that the City Council has changed the parking on Farragut Drive to be just like the parking on the surrounding streets, the residents who made this their crusade must accept the legal shift. But the fact remains that once privilege has been conferred, the bump down to equality feels - not just like a loss of status, because it is a loss of status - but like actual oppression. When special [...]

Just A Thought – Forgiveness & Fisher

Just A Thought – Forgiveness & Fisher

Writing Culver City Crossroads is about local news, and I do try to stay in that focus. The working week typically involves reading emails, making phones calls and attending civic meetings, all of it pretty close to home. Two events this week took me out of my usual rotation; the screening of "Forgiveness," a short film by Satie Gossett at the Landmark Theaters, and the "Kids at Hope" [...]

Just a Thought – Park Place

Just a Thought – Park Place

I drive, therefore I park. It's one of the challenging facts of modern urban life. It's particularly troubling in light of the fact that, in Culver City, we live in an almost idyllic climate, with plenty of sidewalks and even lots of bike lanes. Why anyone is in their cars as often as we are is kind of sad. The amazing, appalling, continual quarrels we carry on over parking spaces depresses [...]

Just a Thought – What Are You Looking At?

Just a Thought – What Are You Looking At?

More than once, I had to ask myself, what am I looking at? I felt a sense of relief turning off the television after the end of the Olympic closing ceremony. I don't usually watch sports but I can't resist the Olympics; the ritual, the spectacle, so many athletes at the peak of their powers. But coming right after the national political conventions, I've spent so much time in front of the tube [...]

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