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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 Republican National Convention Makes Me Proud To Be A Democrat

(21) Comments | Posted July 20, 2016 | 11:23 AM


It's always interesting to note what elements in life have the power to stir human emotion. Which speeches spark applause, what ideas propel action; which leaders reflect the best of who we are and what we can be. We look to those people...

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Documentary Filmmaker, Louise Amandes, Talks Cartoons, Collaboration, And Getting Into San Diego Comic-Con

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2016 | 4:27 PM

"I opened up the email and saw the first word -- 'Congratulations!' -- I called Ron instantly, jumping up and down like a teenage girl. Ron was driving and had to pull over just so we could relish the moment. We both...
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A Matter of Life And Death: Not All Cops Have The Aptitude To Be Good Cops

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2016 | 1:18 PM


Being a cop is, without doubt or debate, one of the most difficult and challenging jobs a person can have. It requires deep understanding of the law, physical strength and fitness, an impeccable set of reflexes; knowledge of and facility with firearms, and...

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The Language of Rape and Its Toxic Effect on the Conversation

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2016 | 9:01 PM


The verbiage, the lines and phrases; the words and meanings are so familiar, so regurgitated, we can almost write the script blindfolded. We've heard the language spewed over decades of sexist thinking on the topic of rape, spouted by crafty, amoral defense attorneys,...

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'The Good Wife' and the Folly of Finales: Why Can't They Get It Right?

(34) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 12:08 PM


It was like a crappy divorce after years of passionate involvement. Seven seasons embroiled in the ups and downs, joys and heartaches, failures and triumphs of The Good Wife's Alicia Florrick, and we, the audience, were summarily dismissed with a literal slap, bereft...

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Dear Moderate Republicans: We're Here For You... Call. Love, the Democrats

(149) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 7:31 PM


Dear Moderate Republicans:

I'm sorry. This can't be what you had in mind. Clearly with the 800 -- I mean, 17 -- people you had up there at one point, there was no real sense that the story would end here, with...

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I Will If You Will: Why Clinton Supporters Need to Speak up More on Social Media

(1066) Comments | Posted March 27, 2016 | 4:39 PM

I realize Facebook is not a scientifically controlled microcosm of the real world. Unlike the real world, which is made up of diverse, often oppositional elements mixed in with all our familial/friend solidarities, the Facebook world is typically less eclectic. We tend...
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Valerie Harper Joins Go Girl Media for a 'Joyous' and Unexpected Look at Alzheimer's

(0) Comments | Posted February 29, 2016 | 3:34 PM


It's rare when the concept of joy can be authentically connected to that most dreaded of diseases. Even its name -- Alzheimer's -- conjures the tragedy of standing by helplessly as loved ones diminish and decline, losing bits, pieces, and sometimes full chapters...

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You Say You Want a Revolution? I Do Too. It's Why I Support Hillary Clinton

(388) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 1:55 AM


Culture is a wily beast. So difficult to manage, so impossible to predict, yet it is exactly who and what we need to attend to, to honor, at this pivotal moment in our civic evolution. And culture, society, our trajectory as a nation,...

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In a Time and Place Manipulated By Fear, I Salute My Courageous Friends

(5) Comments | Posted December 15, 2015 | 2:16 PM


It's a tough time to be courageous. Fear is all the rage, the currency of politics and pontification. For a country built on ideals of intrepidity and dauntlessness, how strange that we've become a culture hiding behind walls of artillery, clinging to the...

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

(13) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 4:23 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 1, 2015 | 11:44 PM


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 | 1:25 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 | 5:46 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 | 2:56 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 | 1:22 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 | 4:04 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

(250) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 10:04 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 | 9:31 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

(177) Comments | Posted July 26, 2015 | 5:35 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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