Entries by kbgressitt

First word that comes to mind when you think of Trump?

  Quinnipiac University, in Connecticut, conducted a national poll in May that gave Trump “a near-record negative 36 – 58 percent job approval rating. … Critical are big losses among white voters with no college degree, white men and independent voters.” But it is the responses to one particular question that make the poll unusually entertaining:   What […]

40 Strangers 50 Questions

From Brave New Films, a celebration of diversity   On Wednesday, May 24 at 6:30 PM, 40 strangers entered a small photography studio near downtown Los Angeles. On the floor, they found strips of white tape laid out in large boxes. In a few moments, a member of the Brave New Films production team would […]

Oh Brother

  By Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel b. 1918, d. 2007   Poet’s note: Poetry waits for no man, woman or bird in a tree, such as one outside my window now.   Let him talk, Lottie always says. Talk is cheap as long as he’s got breath, and so far, Deke has got plenty of that. […]

The Politics of Dishonor: Omarosa Manigault, the Congressional Black Caucus, and Trump Era Racism

  Omarosa Manigault, reality TV antagonist turned presidential advisor, is being castigated in social media for a protocol faux pas: In an invitation to the Congressional Black Caucus to a second meeting with Trump, she referred to herself as “The Honorable Omarosa Manigault.” “How dare she!?” was a common refrain. This error is something a decent […]

Mothers of the Mentally Ill

By Penny Perry   She clutches my hand. “I’m glad it’s me. Not you. I was worried you would lose your daughter.” I cry into her shoulder. My purse drops. Evening sun floods the church, haloes Barbara’s dark hair, turns Jesus on the cross the rose and gold of Limoges. She strokes her son’s cool […]

Rebranding White Nationalism: Delusions of Supremacy

Inside Richard Spencer’s Alt-Right: xenophobia, racism, misogyny   From The Atlantic: Richard B. Spencer greeted an audience of more than 200 at an alt-right conference in Washington D.C. [in November 2016] with the cry, “Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!” He was met with enthusiastic cheers and Nazi salutes, and The Atlantic’s clip made headlines. […]

Not My President: The Anthology of Dissent

Last chance to support this fabulous anthology of dissent—and send it to every member of Congress! Make your contribution now on the Kickstarter page.   from Thoughtcrime Press Selected from thousands of pages of submissions from around the world, Not My President is a snapshot of this important moment in history, a 300-page collection of voices from high […]

Rae Rose Cancels an Appointment

By Rae Rose   I am as inconsistent as my sleep. For people with bipolar disorder, sleep is often an ongoing battle, a ludicrous arrangement, a total crapshoot, and sometimes, ridiculous. More often, I’m crying. More often, I’m ashamed. Some days, I’m a total badass. Some days, I fee like I can’t show up to […]

All the President’s Men?

Scenes from the Senate Confirmation Hearings of President Trump’s Cabinet   The Public Theater, New York, and The National Theatre, London, presented a staged reading of ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN? Scenes from the Senate Confirmation Hearings of President Trump’s Cabinet, a one-night only theatrical event by acclaimed British director Nicolas Kent. Sure wish I could have seen it, but […]

Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents Joan Maloof

reading and discussing Nature’s Temples: The Complex World of Old-Growth Forests   Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose Date: Tuesday, June 13, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook Joan Maloof, a Fallbrook-based author, scientist and environmentalist, has published her third book about trees and their integral relationship with human life: Nature’s […]


By Conney D. Williams I know I would be most disappointed if I had never known never dared off shore to meet you inside these currents the thrashing that obscures even the possibility learning to stay afloat is not enough there is no hope without risk I want to swim in deeper water with you […]

Video: Trump diehards stay loyal in ‘white man’s country’

From The Guardian: Trump diehards in Montana   Trump’s presidency may be in crisis. But Paul Lewis finds the president’s supporters in Montana are not wavering. Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte, a millionaire tech entrepreneur, is latching onto Trump in the hope it will give him an edge over Democrat Rob Quist, a country musician and […]

Writers Read Summertime Creative Writing Workshop

Summer Read and Critique Group   Join a group of committed writers who appreciate constructive input and writerly camaraderie. Share pages weekly in a supportive workshop environment, receive guided feedback, and move your project forward. Fee: Free, thanks to Friends of the Fallbrook Library Dates: Saturdays, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.,  June 3, 10, 17 and 24 Location: Fallbrook Library, […]

Things My Parents Taught Me

  By Kit-Bacon Gressitt   Author’s note: Extended family folk gathered in Maryland a couple weeks ago to celebrate an 88th birthday and put my parents ashes in the Bacon plot after some years of their awaiting an efficiency of schedules. The cemetery gathering was cause for reflection on Mother and Father and on a topic I wrote about […]

What Women Do

By Penny Perry   Red headed, bank teller Patsy, dress heels, bugles Poppies, lupines, tugs me into a twilight of new green leaves and sweet sage. Young Lisa, scent of lavender she pruned this morning still on her hands says Anna hummingbirds wraps a lilac shawl around my perennial black turtleneck. My friends pretend not […]