Making Some Waves~~~~~~

The piece that I featured here last week, “The New Bigotry”, was picked up by the website, The Good Men Project! In it, I argue that though we’ve moved past a lot of racism, sexism, and homophobia, we now need to focus on another source of fear, anger and the like: those who think differently.…
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The Next Bigotry

The last few weeks I’ve written about the changing dynamics of our communities. For a few reasons, the city and the neighborhood just aren’t as important to people as they once were. But, they still are the places we call home, and we need the cohesion among those near us to make our lives safe…
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Published Piece: A Look At The Critics Of The Susan G. Komen Foundation

I know this has gotten a lot of press, and I had hesitated to put this on my blog due to its controversial nature. But I’m putting myself out there and hope you appreciate the effort: ) If nothing else it’s very honest, and at best it may lead to a better understanding of each…
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Come Together

Last week I talked city with the mayor. This time I reel it in to address our neighborhoods. The unit we call our neighborhood is changing. I’m trying to figure out how; and I’m following my gut by taking the first steps toward an idea I’ve had since arriving here last summer. After getting back…
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Your City And Neighborhood Aren’t What They Used To Be.

Who are the people in your neighborhood? No, really. What can you tell me about them? When most of us were kids, we knew our neighbors. But these days it’s a different story—for a couple reasons. 1.) Globalization: The script of settling down in your twenties in a neighborhood with like peers is changing. Someone…
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New Plateaus’ 1st Book!

After eighteen months of writing about humanity and my experiences abroad, I’ve deemed it time to assemble a book (and an eBook) of my writings while living in China and traveling Asia. This time proved extraordinarily fruitful with insight regarding: poverty—why are the impoverished poor and the rich, rich?; education—what are colleges in China like?;…
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Mr. Ferdig Goes To City Hall

Just before Christmas, I visited the mayor’s office here in Minneapolis. You ever visit your mayor? You might want to try it sometime. 🙂 Here’s what happened, and here’s a post about advocacy, those who advocate, and the process of seeing policy change. It all started when a friend of mine got a traffic ticket.…
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New Year’s Recognition

I don’t get too caught up in the hoopla–it is just another day, January 1st. But there is significance. There’s significance because a year is a tried and true measurement of time. As such, we’re used to having it mean something. We use it for grades through school, seasons for sports and television, and for…
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A New Plateaus Christmas: )

Let’s go back to my year in China for a moment. In fact, let’s turn it back exactly one year. I was walking into my adult English class with my $.45 Santa hat on that I bought at nearby stationary store. It was the kind of store in China that doesn’t have a cash register—it’ll…
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Book Alert! (and New, Old Article)

Some of you have been awesome and followed me around China for as long as I’ve been blogging here on Area Voices. Others of you are also awesome and enjoying some of my older pieces in black and white in the Sunday editions of The Pioneer. I’m excited to say that I’m taking all 70…
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