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Memory Recall and Life with Dignity

Almost two decades ago, Bill Clinton, whose skill at fitting gesture to national mood at times rivaled Ronald Reagan’s, famously proposed a series of town-hall meetings to explore ways of preserving Social Security. About the same time “civility projects” – groups mobilized to discuss and solve community problems while modeling respect – were beginning to multiply in universities and municipalities across the country, much as learning circles had already replaced traditional classes in our more progressive schools. Even today any…
William Graddy
December 31, 2015
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A Rake[r]’s Regress

William Graddy Yesterday marked the second of what is usually a three-day annual battle at 5259 Wright Terrace between the living and the dead: my body and leaf-fall. Poets both skeptical and believing have written hauntingly about the beauty autumn leaves bring and the barrenness their absence leaves behind ("Bare ruined choirs where late the sweet birds sang"; "Márgarét, áre you gríeving / Over Goldengrove unleaving?"), but, rake in hand and ankle deep in summer's remains, I just pant, sweat,…
William Graddy
November 1, 2013