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Connecting the dots.

Essays about how we communicate and why it matters.

Crossing in Droves


Posted on Saturday, November 28, 2015 by Shelley Cowan

As I watched the fear generated by the attacks in Paris morph into fear of Syrian refugees in America, I was curious to know more about Americans’ reactions to immigration over the years.  ..

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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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