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Lee Kottner
New York, NY
I'm a writer, agitator, educator, editor, and book artist living in Brooklyn.
Interests: Art, Marine Biology, Physics, Astronomy & Cosmology, Literature, Writing, Politics, Buddhism, Non-Violence, History, Human Rights, Feminism, Science Fiction, Artist's Books, Poetry, Education, Travel, Food, New York City, Labor History, Social Justice
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This is what you really wanted —not just to treat the country like your privately owned company, to let the taxpayers pick up your tab, and pay for your real estate, to golf when you will at our expense, to be “in charge” in your mind, —but to be seen... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2020 at The Perfidy Report
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The solstice is a time of new beginnings. The light starts to come back, overpowering the dark, the seasons turn, and we hunker down for the winter, which is a time of introspection and creativity. So it seems, I hope, oracular that I had the day I did yesterday. I've... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2019 at Dowsing
Posted Dec 21, 2019 at Dowsing
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Happy Colonial Holiday, everyone. That should tell you what kind of a mood I'm in. Well, not really, but I was trying to write one of those gratitude lists because it is the Appointed Day On Which We Should All Be Thankful. And my id was just Not Having It.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2019 at Dowsing
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I've been watching bits and pieces of the impeachment hearings (who hasn't?) this week, in between work tasks, and it's quite different from either the Nixon or the Clinton hearings. The latter was truly a farce over largely farcical and personal misconduct that should have just been handed to Hillary... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2019 at Dowsing
Ugh, I am not looking forward to rebuilding a website, either, and not on Wordpress.
Toggle Commented Nov 17, 2019 on Use It or Lose It at Dowsing
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Been thinking a lot about creativity lately and how I seem to have lost mine. It's always been a bit of a struggle for me, in contrast to some of my friends who seem to have new things pop out of them all the time (I'm looking at you, Marcia... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2019 at Dowsing
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Sheesh, did I. It's called Facebook. I spruced up the blog a bit this weekend, to bring it up to date. Changed the layout and banner. Added some new/old content in the sidebars. Checked the links. In doing so I rediscovered some places on the web I hadn't been to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2019 at Dowsing
Marcy, I'm sorry for your breakup too; that's a long time to be with someone and that's gotta hurt. But I know what you mean about how it changes us. That loss of confidence is everything, and the hardest thing to bear. I hate that I don't still go charging through life the way I used to. Still thinking about what to do to regain that. Kim, I think we share a taste for being alone, and how right it can be, and it impresses me that you've already grasped that bit about transience and impermanence. I'm still working on that. I've always welcomed change, though, so maybe that's a start.
Toggle Commented Oct 23, 2019 on Catching Up, Starting Over at Dowsing
Thank you so much for the encouragement. You have always seen me and seen me more clearly and honestly than anyone I know. I love you so much, my friend.
Toggle Commented Oct 21, 2019 on Catching Up, Starting Over at Dowsing
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Okay, so it's been a while. The last thing I actually wrote, as opposed to just posting some graphic, was in 2015, about a year before I lost my summer teaching job at NJCU and things started to change. I promised in the last post that there would be a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2019 at Dowsing
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I haven't been back here in a while, due to various circumstances I won't go into here. If any of Rob's class is watching this space, I just want to say hi. Hope you enjoyed the essay of mine that he assigned. Anyway, I woke up this morning thinking about... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2019 at Dowsing
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2018. Twenty days and it will be a year of your pillaging, rape, and burning of the economy, citizens, and our Constitution. Your bilious shadow hangs over our heads like a toxic cloud we watched roll in from the election-night horizon in horror, its momentum seemingly unstoppable, hope gasping in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at The Perfidy Report
Hard to talk about the effects of poverty, old age, and disability or the state of the nation under Trumpacabra and his minions when you can’t say the word Vulnerable. Hard to talk about either the need for Social Security (though it’s not one, dammit. We paid for it.) or... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
We wonder how it can even be close, the choice between a man who “courts” young teenage girls when twice their age and a man who prosecutes their murderers; one who’s been removed from the bench not once, but twice, for disregarding Federal statutes and one awarded for pursuing justice... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
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1. Animal Farm In the morning, Mueller catches a big fish, one that’s been fighting for a long time. Finally, exhausted by the firmly set hook he pleads guilty to a much lesser charge and turns from fish to foul, singing like a canary. His former boss Tweets Who? Who?... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
It’s like a lover’s tryst, this meeting in Vietnam. First you say you won’t see each other for clashing schedules then—surprise! There you are!— together in matching blue, hulking over his small frame, shaking hands, looking adoringly at him, this ex-spy with his sinister smile. And you’ve asked him point... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
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Almost a year since the election and the time has taken its toll:... Lost sleep, lost dreams, lost hope, broken hearts and bodies drowning in fear and tears. Around us, the world gets dirtier, nastier, dumber, devolution and decay outstripping even common entropy. Tearing down is always easier than building,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
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“But let justice roll down like waters And righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” –Amos 5:24, New American Standard Version The avalanche begins with one pebble, the torrent with a raindrop, Trumpacabra’s fall with one indictment. Who will it be? There are so many likely candidates to choose from: Good Guy... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
“Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?” –Joseph Welch to Senator Joseph McCarthy, Army-McCarthy hearings, 1954 You’re no Joseph Welch, Mr. Flake. You talk a good game about sacrificing your career for principles but you cannot condemn the monster in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
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This is a couple of days late because it originally went to my personal wall, sparked by the death of my friend and colleague, Miranda Merklein, who was an adjunct, organizer, badass, and shitkicker who took no prisoners. And now she's gone. this is for her. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ “There's a time... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
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“We are going to bury them with our words.” –Rebecca Solnit First, the beloved Father, Cosby, not convicted despite our testimony, image overcoming his own admissions. Then the not-so-beloved fuhrer, SCROTUS, who also admits he likes assaulting women, thinks he has that right, and whose sychophants threatened the one brave... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
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It’s a first, all right, one only you could revel in: being asked to speak... for the fourth time to an officially designated hate group that thinks the deaths of homosexuals might be a good thing, and don’t know what to do with the fact that het and homo ain’t... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at The Perfidy Report