RUDE: discourteous or impolite, especially in a deliberate way


I believe strongly in non-violent protest.   Following the examples of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I believe that non-violent protest is an effective and mature way of stating opposition to existing rules, laws, or methods of enforcement.   Had it not been for such demonstrations in the 60’s and 70’s we would not have made progress […]

NOTABLE: prominent, highly respected


The photo to the right is of Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Chldren’s Defense Fund, and one of the most respected voices in the arena of children’s rights and education in the United States.   You may know of her, and may even have recognized her.  But for many Americans her name is familiar and […]

OUTRAGE: a powerful feeling of resentment or anger aroused by something perceived as an injury, insult, or injustice

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Outrage is one of those words that makes me wonder about its origin.  I know what rage means.   It is an uncontrollable feeling that overcomes a person when something really, really awful happens.  It isn’t a created feeling; it comes on naturally. But outrage?   Is that just a superlative form of the word, like uber-rage?  (I […]


ITEM: In 1960 I was a very conservative, naive student at a very liberal, socially-conscious college.  That combination didn’t always lend itself to a smooth college experience.  When the Progressive Socialist Society announce that it was staging a demonstration at the local Woolworth’s store to support the black men and women who were denied access […]