Posts by colemawe

Pay attention Mr. Jones. Thoughts on American democracy and the “March for Our Lives,” March 24, 2018. Over a half century ago, in a very different time, but in a very familiar space, a wise poet raised his voice:                                          “… something is happening here                                         But ya’ don’t know what it is…” “Ballad of the Thin Man” Boy Dylan, 1965    ...

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I have received a communication from a former outstanding student, Damon, who epitomizes a border crosser. Upon graduation from college, he attended law school and had a very successful career employed by a law firm in Washington, DC. While living in DC, he was involved in several community organization activities. After a few years, he took a several month “sabbatical” traveling throughout Central and South America to “survey the...

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There’s a Crack in Everything…..

Posted on Nov 19, 2016

Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack, a crack in everything That’s how the light gets in. “Anthem” Leonard Cohen, Rest in Peace  

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The Border to Greatness

Posted on Oct 14, 2016

It’s official, the political debate of 2016 is over — if ever there was one. Yesterday (October 13th) at Southern New Hampshire University, First Lady Michele Obama put an end to it. In twenty-six and a half minutes, she proved once and for all that America indeed IS a great country – not a nation that needs to be made great again. A measure of American greatness is revealed in our openness to change, a willingness to...

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Is “USA” Crossing a Border?

Posted on Aug 1, 2016

Language systems are fluid. Vocabulary changes, meanings, grammar, syntax, and phonology evolve. It is rare, however, that one is able pinpoint the exact moment a linguistic transformation occurs – such as when a word or phrase changes meaning. I believe, however, that we witnessed such a rare event -– what is known as a “semantic shift” in the English lexicon — on Thursday evening, July 28, 2016. This shift involves the...

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