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'Conjure Woman's Cat' - granny vs. the klan in Florida's piney woods

Thomas-Jacob Publishing has released Conjure Woman’s Cat,  a novella by Malcolm R. Campbell (“The Sun Singer”), set in the 1950s Florida Panhandle world of blues, turpentine camps, root doctors, the KKK and a region of the state so far away from everywhere else that it’s often called “the other Florida” and “the forgotten coast.” 135 more words

Fiction

1950: Welcome to Sunny Florida

I lived in Florida between 1950 and 1966. I arrived with my parents from Oregon in time to enter the first grade in Tallahassee. I left when I graduated from Florida State University for graduate school in Colorado and New York followed by a tour of duty in the Navy. 699 more words

Loss

Why the masks, terrorists?

The thought keeps occurring to me: Why do terrorists keep covering their faces when they make these videos intended for international distribution?

Have you ever wondered? 277 more words

International News

Calgary student in apparent KKK costume a misunderstanding: police

CALGARY – A photo of a Calgary high school student wearing what appears to be a KKK uniform at a party sparked controversy this past week, but police say it’s a misunderstanding propelled by social media posts. 470 more words

News

UKIP is full of turkeys.

UKIP’s LGBT chair (I didn’t know they had one either) has resigned. He has quit because the party lacks a ‘gay-friendly tone’. The use of the word ‘lack’ suggests they are gay-firendly at least a little bit. 395 more words

Boycotts of the racist Confederate Flag Hurting South Carolina's Economy

As a college freshman from a small, rural, Republican farm town, Columbia appeared to be the Promised Land of beer and honey. The Big City—free! from overbearing, nagging parental units—where dreams really could come true. 354 more words

Boycott