Springsteen Says It Best: What Writing Is Like (for me, too).
I re-discovered Bruce Springsteen in about 2009 and have enjoyed re-learning about myself by re-considering his old stuff and listening to how he talks, and writes, about his life. In preparing for his upcoming “Bruce on Broadway” he gave a long interview to the New York TIMES where, of all things, he captured what creating writing is like. Continue reading
Waiting, patiently, for the performance of “Practicing Democracy” this week has given me an opportunity to review years of reading notes and some of my earlier writing on democracy. Below is an essay relying heavily on an excellent book titled “Stealth Democracy.” Yea, it is hard to believe it was 14 years ago!! Continue reading
The Two Young Men Legislative Candidates in “Practicing Democracy”
In “Practicing Democracy” https://practicingdemocracy.org/ Tom Kelly and Ryan Brown are two ambitious young candidates aspiring for the state legislature who meet an elder statesman (Mr. Adams) aspiring to restore democracy. Tom and Ryan reflect the hundreds of young male students I have taught as a college professor. They are representatives of types of young men I am familiar with but are not composites of specific people (as Mr. Adams, the main character, is). Continue reading
Need Not Appear, if Paid in Full
This morning I drove a guy to court in an adjoining country related to his plea bargain for check fraud that he thought he has settled last year. He has been paying restitution for six months but might have had his probation revoked because, much to his surprise, he had not paid the court costs of $312. He had believed that the court costs were rolled into the restitution plan that he had agreed to and honored. As it turns out, he missed a half day of work, and pay, for his two-minute court appearance. He works maintenance at two low-rent motels and needs medical attention and the flexibility that having money in your pocket gives you. Continue reading
How I became interested in government and politics
To promote my play “Practicing Democracy” https://practicingdemocracy.org/ I have given a dozen talks around town to non-academic audiences. The question that has surprised me the most is “Whatever caused you to study politics all your life?” My ears heard a tone of a mixture of disbelief and sympathy, almost like “whatever made you think you could fly like a bird off the top of the state capitol?” Continue reading
“One Community, One Columbia,” a local Columbia, Missouri blog, gave some attention to my forthcoming play “Practicing Democracy” to be performed at the Missouri United Methodist Church September 21-24 2017. Take a look https://1community1columbia.wordpress.com/2017/08/31/building-bridges-practicing-democracy/
“Practicing Democracy,” which I wrote, will be performed in Columbia, Mo September 21-23, 2017 at 7:30 and September 24 at 2:00 at Missouri United Methodist Church (9th Street). Below is a synopsis and list of characters.
Tickets are at https://practicingdemocracy.org/
Two ambitious young candidates aspiring for the state legislature meet an elder statesman aspiring to restore democracy. The mix of campaign practices and information technology provide challenges and opportunities affecting the election result. The play is in two acts—pre-campaign and the campaign and Election Day.
SETTING: Almost any medium-sized town in America.
CAST OF CHARACTERS
MR. ADAMS, 75, military hero, Marine in Viet Nam, former two-term legislator, retired bank president.
TOM KELLY, mid-30s, insurance salesman, family man.
RYAN BROWN, mid-30, had a variety of jobs, mostly politics; an Army Vet.
CONNIE SCHMIDT, early 40s, an experienced campaign consultant (could be a man–Charlie).
JENNY TURNER, young, TV reporter (could be a young man–Jason)
Preparing for the Community Discussion of the film “Detroit” Monday, August 28, 2017 at 7 PM at the Boone Home (next to Second Baptist Church on 5th Street) in Columbia, MO, I have collected several reviews and comments below. The podcast below is a compelling oral review of Detroit 1967 and its aftermath. Continue reading