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Author, photographer; singer/songwriter, and cultural commentator, Lorraine Devon Wilke, can be found sharing everything from rock & roll to her latest novel via her website @

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The Elephant In the Middle of the Election: Presidential Campaigns Are TOO Long

(13) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 5:23 PM


I swear to God, I've aged eons since this election cycle began; the image above would be funny if it weren't so true. Why does it take Americans so damn long to elect a president? Why? It only took eight months for me...

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Regina and I Take It On, Part 3: Violence Across Communities, Media Complicity, and Finding Common Ground

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 12:44 AM


Learning how to talk to each other in ways that are productive and respectful seems an essential skill in our modern times, particularly on the subject of race. With trolls and small-minded people subverting the process in far too many avenues of discourse,...

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Regina and I Take It On, Part 2: Profiling, Police Brutality, and the Politics of #BLM

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 2:25 AM


It was a good conversation, Part 1. Lots of people read and joined in; many shared the piece, and certainly some essential, if controversial, points were made. An excellent start all around.

For those who may have missed Part...

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Fraud, 'Defeat,' and the Pain and Suffering of Bamboozled VW Consumers

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 6:46 PM


There it is: my beautifully kept, wonderfully efficient 2010 Jetta TDI Sportwagen. Purchased almost six years ago because we'd grown to love VWs (had one prior that was passed on to the stepdaughter); they look great, have powerful yet zippy handling, and were...

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Regina and I Take It On, Part 1: Two Women -- One Black, One White -- Discuss Racial Politics, 'Good White People,' and #BlackLivesMatter

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 3:56 AM


I've never met Regina McRae. We've spoken on the phone, exchanged emails, connected on social media, but we've never actually met... which means we have a typical friendship in this 2.0 world! We originally crossed paths when she came upon a piece of...

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Dear Self-Published Author: Do NOT Write Four Books a Year

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2015 | 2:22 AM


No matter what experts tell you, no matter what trends, conventional wisdom, social media chatter or your friends in the Facebook writers group insist upon, do NOT write four books a year. I mean it. Don't.

Unless they're four gorgeously written, painstakingly molded,...

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Trumpet-Blowing and Other Necessary Evils of Our Self-Promoting Culture

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 5:04 PM

"But enough about me, let's talk about you... what do YOU think of me?" -- Beaches, 1988

I originally wrote this post from the standpoint of independent authors, certainly one group very much at the mercy of our Rube Goldbergesque self-promotional models of...

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Bernie-Bullying and Other Campaign Shenanigans

(236) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 11:04 PM


No man ever got very high by pulling other people down. The intelligent merchant does not knock his competitors. The sensible worker does not knock those who work with him. Don't knock your friends. Don't knock your enemies. Don't knock yourself. --
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Women, Sex, and the Fear of Offending: A Post-Cosby Conversation

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 10:31 PM


I just finished reading New York Magazine's devastating piece, 'I'm No Longer Afraid': 35 Women Tell Their Stories About Being Assaulted by Bill Cosby, and the Culture That Wouldn't Listen, a long title for a sad and sorry narrative that stretches...

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No, White People Will Never Understand the Black Experience

(174) Comments | Posted July 26, 2015 | 6:35 PM

They can want to. They can try. They can watch it, read about it; talk about it, blog about it. They can weep over its injustices, march in solidarity with its victims, use the right phrases and hashtags, even show homage for its music and culture. But just as non-parents...

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Ultimately It's About Good Books By Good Writers. Meet Author Mark Barry

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 5:31 PM


Writing is a an enigmatic art form, an alchemy of skill and talent that renders simple words into compelling prose, plot lines that take your breath away; jump-off-the-page dialogue, and characters we'd follow around any corner or shy from in the dark. Books...

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I've Seen Our Doom and It Is The Bachelorette

(12) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 9:13 PM

We all know the phenomenon: the compelling draw of a train wreck, the knee-jerk crane past a car accident; the transfixed stares as fisticuffs flail in a bar. It's human: we're drawn to havoc, drama; the adrenaline pump of chaos -- at least other people's chaos. And certainly the witnessing...

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'A Year of Women'? How About 'A Year of Publishing Parity' Instead?

(3) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 10:03 AM


Occasionally I sit outside certain issues, looking at how and why ideas emerged, if all parties involved explored the ramifications, and, if so, just how well thought out the process was.

A good example is the cause célèbre swirling around literary circles...

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Musicians Have Taylor Swift. Who's Championing Fairness for Writers?

(6) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 10:41 PM


Even if you don't pay attention to whatever elements of Taylor Swift's life make the media on a given day, one would be hard-pressed to have missed the weekend's brouhaha with Swift vs. Apple Music. Say what you will about the girl --...

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Death Penalty: 'Civilized' Vengeance or Biblical Contradiction?

(62) Comments | Posted May 16, 2015 | 12:58 AM


Matthew 5:38 "You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.'" -- Bible Gateway

Big news today: the Boston bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has been sentenced to death. The 21-year-old man who accompanied his brother on a...

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Silence Isn't Always Compliance... Sometimes It's the Activism of Listening

(2) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 11:19 PM


With so much angst and unrest unfolding throughout the world, most of which we're made aware of in minute-by-minute bursts, the pressure to show our social activism bona fides is intense, ofttimes bearing down like a hurricane with an agenda. We're lectured by...

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I Don't Care If You Don't Want Children...Really

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 1:53 PM


We are a culture that loves to fight, a fact on regular display as we wrangle bird-flipping road-ragers, joust with online trolls, or try reasoning with that weird lady at the park yelling about unleashed dogs. There are political fisticuffs du jour, religious...

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The Food of Fiction: When Flavor Fits the Narrative

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 9:59 AM


Odds are good you can't look at the image above without at least a glimmer of nostalgia: the rush of excitement at hearing tinkling calliope music, the almost frantic gathering of pocketed coins and crumbled dollars, the race down the sidewalk to get...

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Fear and Loathing of the Religious, From Christians to Scientologists

(53) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 10:37 AM


Religion is all in a lather these days. Can you hear it in the news? Read it in the posts on social media? Sense it in the dialogue ratcheting up as we begin the next election cycle? On some level, and in some...

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What's Pain Got to Do With It?

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 5:01 PM

I promise you, I'm not going to write about a certain movie. Enough has been said. Besides, I haven't seen it and don't plan to... not because I'm squeamish, but because the core plot line doesn't interest me. I had planned, years ago, to read the trilogy, then write a...

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