Death

By Mickey Friedman February 8, 2018 Perhaps because my beginning was so profoundly touched by death – the grave illness and death of my younger brother Jonathan before I was three – and the deep grief of my parents, I…

Time’s Up

By Mickey Friedman January 27, 2018 I grew up in a world ruled by men. In such a world, however enlightened the exceptional men I met along the way, we were shaped/misshaped by the larger reality. I learned about sex…

The Right Thing

By Mickey Friedman January 12, 2018 We’re beginning to hear yet another version of The Blame The Victim Song that seems to comfort so many who have pledged to dismantle the few programs that still provide care and offer some…

Think Penguin

By Mickey Friedman December 22, 2017 Ever since Trumphoria descended over the land I’ve done a fairly lousy job as the volunteer Communications Director for Penguins United. But the time has come to dispense with Natalia Veselnitskaya and Donald Trump…

The Great Dying Two

By Mickey Friedman December 11, 2017 It was called “The Great Dying.” Peter Brannen described it in the New York Times: “The planet’s most profound catastrophe struck 252 million years ago, at the end of the Permian period, killing 90…

The Smith and The Wesson World

November 28, 2017 By Mickey Friedman There is a deep black hole into which words about automatic weapons fall. You can thank Justice Scalia and his logic defying linguistic analysis for expanding the Second Amendment’s well-regulated militia’s musket defense of…

Gold Stars

By Mickey Friedman November 12, 2017 God Bless those whose anger against Washington still brings their blood to a boil; whose hatred of Obama keeps them up at night. Who, every day, with undiminished yearning, live to see Hillary behinds…

Bend Over

By Mickey Friedman November 2, 2017 One man told us the meeting was great; the other was so concerned by what happened he called him a moron. Which isn’t so unusual considering how many of us are morons, and how…

Taking The Knee

By Mickey Friedman October 16, 2017 My journey to rediscover the history, heart and soul of the Co-operative Movement led me back to native son, W. E. B. Du Bois. And how appropriate, because few can shed greater insight into…

Co-operation – Part Four

October 8, 2017 By Mickey Friedman In “Black Reconstruction,” W.E.B. Du Bois asks and answers: “What did it mean to be a slave? It is hard to imagine it today … One estimate is that the maintenance of a slave…