Slip Slidin’ Away

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 It seems important to write this down—this barely noticed, largely unquestioned power grab that occurred in our city Sunday evening. As local activist and state house candidate Ben Marcus says: “Totalitarianism rarely shows up overnight. It’s a slow drip that eventually drills a hole through basic human rights like speech andContinue reading “Slip Slidin’ Away”

Justice Cedes its Ground

May 18, 2020 I wish my father were still alive. I’d like to talk to him about Ahmaud Arbery’s killing. Dad was a homicide detective who taught me the value of due process of law. He also carried a concealed weapon every time he left the house. He’s not here to see the ugly intersectionContinue reading “Justice Cedes its Ground”

Ode to a Fallen Comrade

The death of yet one more print publication is a heartbreak grieved amid much larger, overarching tragedies. Folio Weekly, however—Jacksonville’s alternative weekly magazine—was more than just any publication. She was the written repository of progressive souls in an ostensibly conservative, Southern city.  To her progressive-minded readers, writers, and workers, the loss of Folio Weekly isContinue reading “Ode to a Fallen Comrade”

Hello, Again.

For those of you who have read my pieces in Folio Weekly, The Florida Times Union, Jacksonville Magazine, Florida Politics Online, or any other publication syndicating my work, I’ve missed you. More than ten years ago, Folio Weekly’s then-editor Anne Schindler gave me my first shot at professional free-lance journalism. A significant portion of myContinue reading “Hello, Again.”