Author: LindaLee

Midday Matinee – “There Is Only Us”

Perhaps one way to know when a protest movement has arrived is when it gets it’s own song. The fight against sulfide-ore copper mining in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness has arrived. (More) Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break. Here’s the song: The Star Tribune newspaper has background information on the song and the artists: The proposed mine near Hoyt Lakes – which Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources is currently “determining the adequacy of” – would be a welcome economic boost to northern Minnesota,...

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Midday Matinee – My Visit to Urgent Care

I fell last night and banged my left ear on the wooden edge of an ottoman. I went to urgent care.(More) Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break. Total time from leaving the house to returning home was just under two hours. The staff was all excellent, efficient and compassionate. Other than not really having a bloddy ear in my plan for the night, it was a great experience. I have 14 stitches, tightly spaced and the gauze wrap around my head makes me look like...

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“You’re Fired”

Donald Trump made this phrase, “You’re Fired!” popular on his reality TV show The Apprentice. The phrase gets trotted out often these days, from police officers that shoot young black men, to corrupt bankers aka Wells Fargo. (More) Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break. “You’re fired” seems like justice and the idea that right can prevail over might. It is not so simple. As an HR executive who has fired people for cause (no problem) and for strategic realignments, I think wishing that someone could...

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Midday Matinee – Consuming the News

Saturday night as I turned on the TV, MSNBC came on with breaking news about the London Bridge incident. I watched for a few minutes and then went to watch The Big Bang Theory. I figured I’d gotten the gist of it and more would just tramatize me. (More) Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break. Yesterday on NPR Michelle Norris had Indira Lakshmanan of the Poynter Institute on to talk about the media coverage of terrorism. She made some excellent points. Her paper, written after...

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Midday Matinee – Homophobia

I live with my youngest son and his wife and another roommate. We have “conversations on the porch.” Last night’s talk was how to confront homophobic remarks with a pithy one-liner. We need help. (More) Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break. The roommate was with a group of people over the weekend, one of whom was lesbian. Another man in the group started to unload a rant about gays and lesbians. The roommate made an attempt to shut him down which was ignored. Several other...

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