Cake case wasn’t strictly about gay rights

You would think that the world ended Monday with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on whether a baker could refuse to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. You would think that civil rights had gone back a couple of hundred years because the court ruled in favor of the plaintiff and not for …

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‘Driving while black’ has been replaced by ‘touring while native’

You’ve heard the expression about “driving while black,” which is used to describe the feelings of discrimination black people feel when they’re pulled over by the police. You could probably add a variation of that term, “drinking coffee while black,” in light of what happened in a Pennsylvania Starbucks to two black men who dared …

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Unbelievable UntitledTown keeps things hopping

It always feels good when you’re surrounded by people who enjoy the things you do. That’s what really made the second annual UntitledTown so awesome for me. I had a single workshop at last year’s event, but this year saw me giving a solo presentation and sitting on three panels. About a week earlier, I …

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A return to UntitledTown means more participation, exposure

I participated in my first book festival last year. It was a fledgling festival called UntitledTown and took place in Green Bay, about 30 minutes east of where I’m living. I figured I had just as much of a chance as any other author of being accepted into the festival, as organizers were hoping to …

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Life should not be an option for school shooter

I was really hoping that I could find something else to talk about besides the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida, but it seems like the issue is not going away. Nikolas Cruz was charged with 17 counts of first-degree murder Wednesday, and the Associated Press reported that he’s willing to plead guilty if the …

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