Author: E.B. Boatner

A Word in Edgewise

“Is society ready for this pregnant husband?” the article “Labor of Love” in a recent The Advocate asks. Probably not, my money says, because society rarely is ready for anything new, especially something that has to do with...

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A Word in Edgewise

Something makes me uneasy about the phrase “zero tolerance.” It smacks of every shade of right-wing extremist cant, although it is used with good intention—against school bullying, weapons in schools, and maltreatment of...

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A Word in Edgewise

Some situations defy an easy solution—at least in a democratic, equal-before-the law society. Take, for example the AP story filed by reporter Katrina A. Goggins under “Nation News, Weird News”: “Building Owner Fights Klan Item...

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A Word in Edgewise

After recent shootings, my AOL screen (an inveterate questioner) asked me, “How concerned are you about violence in America’s schools?”—reporting 81 percent of respondents to be “Very;” 14 percent “Somewhat;” and 5 percent “Not...

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A Word in Edgewise

The January 28 Time Magazine devoted its cover and feature stories to the “science of romance” in a number of essays, one of which was John Cloud’s “Are Gay Relationships Different?” His relationship with his partner Michael,...

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A Word in Edgewise

On Valentine’s Day, one may harbor—even openly express—feelings of love and affection. Back in grade school, a kind of democratic forced affection prevailed by which we had to provide a card for each kid in the class, boy and...

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A Word in Edgewise

“Once upon a time….And they lived happily, ever after.” Everyone loves a story, and storytelling has been around since mankind began to communicate—by grunts and clicks, cuneiform scratches, and villanelles. Some stories—and I...

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