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Drick Boyd
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This Blog has migrated
This blog will no longer be hosted at this site and has been migrated to my new website at http://drickboyd.org/blog/ Come see me there!
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Driving Me Crazy
Looks like what drives me crazy Don’t have no effect on you – But I’m gonna keep on at it Til it drives you crazy too (“Evil,” Langston Hughes) Though I
have read and studied many of Langston Hughes’ poems, I had not heard this one until
a few weeks ago whe...
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Learning to Walk in the Dark
“Hello darkness, my old friend I've come to talk with you again Because a vision softly creeping Left its seeds while I was sleeping And the vision that was planted in my brain Still remains within the sound of silence”                                      ...
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A Good Man, a Complicated Relationship and the Measure of Greatness
Dad and I in 2012   ( Note: My father, Darrell “Derry”
Boyd, died on May 3, 2016 of natural causes at the age of 89. For the last two
years of his life he lived happily in a skilled nursing facility in Wayzata,
MN, but for the years previous he had lived a ...
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Paulo Freire on the Relationship between Colleges and the Community
These days colleges and universities have come under
increased scrutiny and criticism for (1) not adequately preparing students for employment
upon graduation, and (2) for being too expensive for the average person to
afford. So the question has been raised...
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Donald Trump, Howard Beale and “Network” Revisited
 Last night I decided to watch the 1976 award winning film “Network” starring Peter Finch as the crazed, mad-prophet newscaster Howard Beale. Both
Finch and Faye Dunaway won Academy Awards in 1976, as did the screenplay. The
movie begins with Howard Beale b...
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The Power of Poetry #2: Headlong
About 18 months ago, a friend introduced me to the poetry of
Mary Oliver. As often happens when one is introduced to something new, all of a
sudden you seem to see it at every turn. For instance when we bought a red
Prius, all of a sudden we seemed to see a...
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The Power of Poetry #1 – Rilke’s “Neighbors”
Over the last year and a half I have begun to appreciate the
power of poetry, the ability of words to create images, capture feelings, speak
deep truths that go beyond the rational to the emotional and spiritual. Mostly
I have been reading Ranier Marie Rilk...
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Confession of a Recovering Racist
[ On January 29, 2016, I spoke before a gathering of students, staff and
faculty at Eastern University, speaking on the topic “White Allies for Racial
Justice”. The following is an excerpt from that presentation in which I discuss
why I call myself a “recov...
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