The Conundrum of Consumerism

If your Facebook feed was like mine on Black Friday, it was full of contradictions. Many friends were heading to protests – against a too low minimum wage, working conditions that cut short Thanksgiving holidays, and the profits enjoyed by so few. Some were heading out to take advantage of bargains. Others were boycotting the…

Unity and Division in the Ninth Ward

I wasn’t going to say anything aloud about the ninth ward, Minneapolis city council race. I don’t ignore electoral contests exactly but they don’t dominate my attention, either. You see city councils, legislatures, courtrooms and negotiating tables are what I call “moon spaces.” The moon gives you light to work by but it doesn’t actually…

Climate Change, Climate of Fear

A giant moose puppet, lumbers across the Mississippi River over Minneapolis’ Stone Arch Bridge. A serpentine pipeline slithers behind, complete with a black trash-bag oil leak spewing from a gash in its side. A lively jazz combo plays back-up to re-written lyrics of traditional songs. The occasion was “Endbridge Over Troubled Waters,” a creative climate…