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Why White Liberals Need Trump, Our Shadow Self

This Op-Ed appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer on September 7, 2017 Less than nine months into his presidency, Donald Trump is far more than the least-popular president on record: He’s an icon. To his loyal base, he’s the ultimate leader, the oracle who voices their own anger at being unheard, unseen, marginalized. They need him. […] Read More »

"But I Already Have a Desk!" How Frustration Breeds Creativity

For years, I was a productive writer working from home. I improvised a process around raising children, around naps and playdates. My desk was adjacent to the kitchen; after a few burned dinners, I got pretty adept at writing while cooking. When my kids were older, I knew when the school bus would pull up […] Read More »

How the Discouragement of Getting Fired Became a Blessing

When I began teaching creative writing to adults in a non-credit evening school, I was new to the classroom and dry-mouth nervous. In that fluorescent-lit public school classroom with desktops clamped to hard metal chairs—it oriented me to stand at the blackboard and deliver a brief lecture on some aspect of writing craft. My students […] Read More »

The Writing Process: Playing With Tigers

From my sane self to my writer self: My hope for us in 2017 is that we’ll incorporate self-kindness into our writing process. Oh, please. Another thing I have to do? Just give me a 2017 calendar to keep track of when I avoid writing. And I just love it when people tell me how […] Read More »

When the Muse Messes With Your Head: A Case Study

Sunday morning: I’ve been slacking long enough. Time to finish the story I began with such enthusiasm ten just a few brief months ago. I need inspiration, so I turn to where all the muses have fled: The Internet. I resolve to begin each day with an*!Inspirational! * quote from a famous writer. (Starting tomorrow.) Monday: […] Read More »

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  1. March 17th, 2015 at 11:26 am Alex Schiavo Says:

    White Privilege seems to me at root of the patronizing attitude of
    Dominant group in power.

  2. March 19th, 2015 at 6:12 pm Helen W. Mallon Says:

    …Especially unquestioned white privilege.

  3. March 17th, 2015 at 11:37 am Alex Schiavo Says:

    A group that has attained prominence simply because an accident if
    Birth and the power and entitlement it brings with it,
    This group iis unaware of this privilege bestowed on them through
    Some artificial construct – does not recognize power and special
    Place in society it offers them, I believe condescension results from
    This denial.
    We are no more privileged than they , but we behave so much better
    And advance ourselves through system so effectively – all the while
    Denying privilege they possess. Refer to Dr . Peg McIntosh at
    Wellesley Women’s Center for White Privilege Working Paper – the Best!

  4. March 19th, 2015 at 6:14 pm Helen W. Mallon Says:

    …not so sure about the “we behave so much better” part. Otherwise, a hearty Amen!

  5. March 17th, 2015 at 11:51 am Alex Schiavo Says:

    We , as white people were taught to see racism only in individual
    Acts of meanness, not in invisible systems conferring dominance
    On my group.
    Dominance breeds condescension, especially unrecognized , denied
    Dominance and privilege .
    Dr Peg McIintosh has produced a remarkable Working Paper on
    The effects of white privilege on everyday life of other groups,
    Especially African-Americans. It lists conditions other than condescension
    That average Black endures- Write Dr. Peg McIntosh, Wellesley College
    Women’s Center for Working Paper on White Privilege- nothing better on
    Understanding the Black experience in America. Nominal cost.

  6. March 19th, 2015 at 6:09 pm Helen W. Mallon Says:

    Yes, I’ve read at least an extract of her paper online. Good stuff!

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