Drick Boyd's Blog

Thank You, Mary Oliver

I want to pay tribute to the poet Mary Oliver, who died this last Thursday (January 17, 2019) at the age of 83. However, words do not do justice to her life or work, even though her life and work were best known  in words, her words of poetry. I had not heard of her...

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The Power Elite (Books That Have Shaped Me #2)

Live for a while in the books you love. Learn from them what is worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be returned to you a thousand times.Whatever your life may become, these books -- of this I am certain --- will weave through the web of your...

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Books That Shaped My Life: Tough Love

I am a lover of books. Books are not just a means to end, they are part of my story. So beginning with this entry, I will begin a series called The Books That Shaped My Life. The early 20th century poet Rainer Rilke wrote: Live for a while in the books you love. Learn...

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Why I Vote

DESCRIPTION: While there are many reasons to be discouraged about this fall's elections and to not bother to vote, I offer three reasons I choose to vote: I am an internationalist; government's job is to defend the poor, and  out of necessity I live and act in hope....

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Of Caravans and Walls

Description: While President Trump is using his Border Wall and the Caravan of Migrants coming through Mexico as political talking points, the Caravan and the Wall represent a reality of poverty and suffering we can not and dare not ignore. President Trump has sought...

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Reflections on Freire50

This past week (October 18-19) I had the privilege of attending the Freire50 conference at the University of South Carolina commemorating the 50th anniversary of the publication of Paulo Freire’s groundbreaking book,  Pedagogy of the Oppressed. There were...

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Is Our Democracy in Trouble?

On September 14 I attended a symposium at the University of Pennsylvania entitled “Democracy in Trouble?” featuring renowned political scientists from across the United States and Europe. Throughout the day they spoke about various challenges facing democratic...

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What Brett Kavanaugh Reminded Me Of

I am writing this on the Wednesday that the FBI is supposedly going to supply the US Senate with the results of its investigation on the charges of sexual abuse made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. So, I write this without knowledge of the...

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Community Development as Human Development

Recently, I attended the 10th Annual meeting of the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA) that was being held in Philadelphia. The meeting gathered together several hundred people from across the country involved in various...

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The Church Lost in Exile: A Lament

Too often in secular culture the word “Christian” is synonymous with rigidity, judgmentalism, and hard-heartedness toward the “other.” We unfortunately have lived down to that depiction, and can only change perceptions as we change our interactions with each other and those who are “other” around us.

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The Slough of Despond

Recent events in the Special Counsel investigation, reactions coming out of the White House  and continual denials of any wrong doing have brought to mind something 17th century British clergyman John Bunyan called “the Slough of Despond.”  In 1678 John Bunyan...

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The Unfinished Life

This past summer I celebrated my 65th birthday. When it comes to age there are certain numbers in our culture that carry extra significance;18,21, 40 and 65 are such numbers. On that particular day, I was in Oark, Arkansas where my wife and I had rented an AirBnB...

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America: A Lie or a Vision?

The cumulative effect of these experiences caused me to wonder if the myth of America as the land committed to freedom, equality, and justice was in fact true. At best it seemed America is a dream yet to be realized. At worst could America be a boldfaced lie?

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