Author Archives: Les

Partisan

While doing a deep dive into my archives I came upon this interior shot of a barracks room in El Moro Fortress. I think it is a metaphor for partisanship and what happens in the partisan’s mind. I’ll let you … Continue reading

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Round Barn

Round Barn, 1902, Pigeon Falls, Wisconsin             photo 1988 The History of Trempealeau County, has an entry about this land and barn, recorded for all posterity: Ludwig O. Goplin. Among the farmers of Gale Township who are recognized as … Continue reading

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Political Dehumanization – Creating the Other

Derek, volunteer first responder, showing a Jaws of Life device. As 2017 comes to a close, we find America dangerously divided. There are powerful currents at work, trying to deepen the fissures that threaten to fragment our nation. I have … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Today I participated in the most important act that an American can do; I voted. This year’s election is what I’d call an off-off-year, in which I get to vote for Mayor, City Council, and a couple of Park and … Continue reading

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Senator Al Franken: Giant of the Senate

Last night, I went to a book signing for Senator Al Franken’s new book Senator Al Franken – Giant of the Senate.   It was sponsored by Magers and Quinn, a super independent book seller, and hosted by Uptown Church, which … Continue reading

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Memorial Day 2017 – What have We Learned?

We are in the 16th year of the longest war in American history. It’s the Memorial Day weekend. As a nation we remember all those who have served our nation in war, sacrificed their mental and physical health, and for … Continue reading

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Restoration of the People’s House

School children in the newly restored rotunda at the Minnesota State House. I was at the Minnesota State Capitol, “The People’s House”, a few days ago. On any day when the government is in session, it rings with the sounds … Continue reading

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Belonging

Fellow citizens march down Marquette avenue on their way to demonstrate in front of the Better Business Bureau for a living wage, sick leave, immigration  and other issues. Last week I attended a march in downtown Minneapolis. It was late … Continue reading

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Solidarity and Hope In Numbers

The Twin Cities Women’s March was led by a Native American color guard. Behind them were 90,000+ people who came to support women’s issues and oppose the newly inaugurated Pretender President. On Saturday I attended the Women’s March in the … Continue reading

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Rest Easy America

Rest Easy America by Les Phillips is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. American politics in 2016 is very scary. A large, vocal minority are expressing their anger at our political system by supporting Donald J Trump, … Continue reading

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