Author: Crissie Brown

Café Noir

“She walked into the room like an add-shot double-whip latte,” Sam said. The sax player paused. “What does that even mean?” Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break. Welcome back to Tuesday’s Tale, a weekly feature where we collaborate to write a story. Previous Tuesday’s Tales include eShrink and Sy Atica. We follow the basic rules of the “Yes, And” improvisational game – accept everything written so far as part of the story, and add your own paragraph (or so) where the last addition left off...

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Campus Chatter – September 19, 2017

Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More) Bacon’s Rebellion burned Jamestown, Virginia today (1676). Also, Giles Corey was tortured to death after refusing to plead in the Salem Witch Trials (1692), the Continental Congress passed the first U.S. federal budget (1778), President George Washington’s Farewell Address was printed as an open letter to the public (1796), two French children, Mélanie Calvat and Maximin Giraud, claimed to see Our Lady of La Salette (1846), the Blackpool Illuminations were lighted for the first time (1879), President James Garfield died, 79 days after he was shot at a train station...

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Campus Question – September 18, 2017

Tonight’s question, greetings, and banter here. (More) Last night the St. Louis Chief of Police Lawrence O’Toole declared “I’m proud to tell you the city of St. Louis is safe and the police owned” after yet another round of cops-beating-people-who-protest-police-violence … and conservatives cheered (read the comments, if you dare). Today a swastika-wearing Neo-Nazi harassed black men in Seattle and got knocked on his ass … and conservatives were outraged (again, read the comments, if you dare). If a swastika-wearing Neo-Nazi were harassing people in your neighborhood, would you knock him on his ass? +++++ Today on Campus Mixed...

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Campus Chatter – September 18, 2017

Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More) Christopher Columbus landed at Honduras on his fourth and final voyage today (1502). Also, New Hampshire became a county of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (1679), George Washington laid the first cornerstone of the Capitol Building (1793), London’s Royal Opera House opened (1809), the Fire of Moscow was contained after raging for five days and destroying three-quarters of the city (1812), Charles Tiffany opened his “stationery and fancy goods emporium,” now Tiffany and Co., in New York City (1837), Richard Cobden founded Britain’s Anti-Corn Law League (1838), Congress passed the Fugitive...

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Campus Question – September 17, 2017

Tonight’s question, greetings, and banter here. (More) Today on Face Sunday This Union Meet: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. is leading a “peaceful pressure campaign” to “bring North Korea to the table for constructive, productive dialogue,” and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster said “We really have to move with a great deal of urgency, on sanctions, on diplomacy and on preparing, if necessary, a military option.” Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May didn’t rise to the God-King’s Muslim ban bait and instead said: One of the issues that we really need to be addressing, and I’ll...

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