Archive | August, 2013

Joan Blades

Joan Blades | Talk is deep

In 1998, Joan Blades and Wes Boyd, co-founders of Berkeley Systems, a software company, drafted a one-sentence petition they hoped would end the public blood-letting and disruption of government that had resulted from President Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky. The President had been accused of the affair in January, and the country had already endured nine long months of acrimony when Blades and Boyd wrote: “Congress must immediately censure the […]

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James Valvis

James Valvis | Big Alabama and the Drum Sticks

Because my sister has a talent for hitting things, Big Alabama decides she wants to be a drummer in a rock ‘n roll band like Led Zeppelin whose exploding blimp is painted on her jean jacket. She wants to be like her hero Keith Moon who has an extended drum solo on one album so she runs out and purchases a set of drum sticks. Unfortunately she can’t afford the […]

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