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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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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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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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A guy walks into a bar


Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2012 by Shelley Cowan

When we sat down, two men at the bar were talking about Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and the Three-Fifths Compromise that made it possible for the U.S. Constitution to become ratified. I know this because I was right next to them and they were very loud. ..

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