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Connecting the dots.

Essays about how we communicate and why it matters.

Welcome to the Inner City


Posted on Wednesday, November 02, 2016 by Shelley Cowan

Last Friday, when I learned of the renewed investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails, I knew I’d be spending Saturday knocking on doors. I wanted to do my part, and was eager to know if the latest news had changed anyone’s mind.  ..

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Je Suis Not Quite Sure


Posted on Sunday, January 11, 2015 by Shelley Cowan

At first, I thought Charlie Hebdo was the magazine's editor. As I learned the facts, grasped the horror and listened to the stories I kept returning to conflicting thoughts about terrorism, free speech and the power of pictures and words. ..

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Another Polar Vortex? Time to reread The Tempest.


Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 by Shelley Cowan

It’s been quite a year: Record cold, snow and ice throughout the eastern U.S. California faces catastrophic drought; southern England was battered by wind and rain; volcanoes devastated Indonesia. And high above the earth, clear air turbulence played havoc with jet planes.  ..

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Ambivalent Blogger


Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 by Shelley Cowan

Some years ago I heard the author Russell Banks speak at Cincinnati's Mercantile Library. He said something to the effect that 19th century Americans who could read and write deeply valued their ability to do so. They believed they had something to say – that others wanted to hear – and they believed in their ability to say it.   ..

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Less Tech


Posted on Sunday, July 14, 2013 by Shelley Cowan

The three days of northern Michigan wet and chill were beautiful, but I spent most of them inside. Once the sun came out – which happened just after I posted my ode to technology – I didn’t think about my gadgets at all.  ..

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Technology on Vacation


Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 by Shelley Cowan

Our friends down the Peninsula reminded us that we left “some sort of speaker” at their Little Cottage last year. They thought we might want to take it to the cottage we’re renting this month.  ..

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Month Away


Posted on Tuesday, July 09, 2013 by Shelley Cowan

Here is how Month Away starts: I finished Cutting for Stone last night. One of the best novels I’ve ever read. My husband and son, now headed back to Cincinnati, are taking it back to the library. [Tonight. Right?] ..

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