Category Archives: Politics

Fake

by cheri sabraw Since Donald Trump took office, we have been bombarded by the words fake news. Fake is not a new word ( 1790-1810) but is without a definitive origin. Curious. The word fake connotes many images, few of … Continue reading

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The NEA protects incompetent teachers

      by cheri block sabraw Are you going to be buried or cremated when you die? You can make that choice now, or let your relatives make it for you. Whatever choice they make doesn’t affect you any … Continue reading

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Aftermath, a spy story, by John Podesta translated by Julian Assange

by cheri sabraw The wind howls this morning in gusts of exuberance. Even the 150-year-old oak trees anchor their roots to secure their moorings. Our handsome black walnut trees sway like Polynesian dancers  at the lower end of our meadow. … Continue reading

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The lament of the candle makers

  by cheri sabraw I taught Journalism I and II to precocious high school juniors and seniors for thirteen years (1985-1998) and served as the advisor to the newspaper staff. You can imagine the decade-long censorial tussles, the moral dilemmas, … Continue reading

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My deplorable point of view

by cheri sabraw I heard Robert Shapiro speak this past month at a small dinner in Irvine, Ca. In case his name does not ring a bell for you, Mr. Shapiro was on O.J. Simpson’s defense team and helped to … Continue reading

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To Justices Cantil-Sakauye,Corrigan, Kruger,and Werdegar:

by Mrs. Sabraw I abandoned public education in 1998 after spending 26 years in the system. A host of tenured teachers in our English department, vocal proponents of the California Teachers’ Association,  helped to make that decision easy. I opened … Continue reading

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Where we find ourselves, 2016

by cheri block sabraw My great-grandparents came to the United States from several places—Lithuania and Germany. They came in the late 19th century to New Orleans, Louisiana, and through Ellis Island, New York. They came, as I have been told, … Continue reading

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Lively London

by cheri We had it easy last week, settling into a comfortable seat, sipping a glass of rose wine, while experiencing the Eurostar train descend from daylight into  darkness. We had left Fraaaance and had come to conquer London—seat of … Continue reading

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Living in a Stepford community

    by cheri sabraw I live on a piece of property where, through the grace of the God of PIP ( Psychological Insulating Protection), I have a four-acre  buffer zone from the sometimes crass and inane behavior of others … Continue reading

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Ayatollah Coyote

  by Bunnie I am a bunny who tends to socialize with other bunnies. We nibble the same greens and  communicate in familiar yips and nips  known only to other bunnies. Sure, my cottontail may be rounder, my hind legs … Continue reading

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