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Wendy Ellison

Wendy Ellison is a free-lance writer and a semi-retired writing teacher. In her latter capacity, she has specialized in expository prose, particularly the personal essay and the memoir. She is the author of Ronnie Wood’s Smile (and where it led) in which she chronicles her own descent into near madness as a fan of the Rolling Stones.

Lazaro – The Protests Were For Him Too

Lazaro was six miles from the unrest. I wish he had been there, for the protests were for him too. His seventy-nine-year-old black life still mattered.

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A New Book Recalls How Rep. Julia Butler Hanson Powered Her Way Through Congress

Federal dollars for colleagues’ projects would vanish if they forgot Julia Butler Hansen’s birthday. She was around for a very long time. That was an era when the yardstick was whether the girls were as tough as the boys.

TrumpWatch: Connecting Debt with Disease

Perhaps Trump’s relentless drive to “get this pandemic over with” is primarily driven by his business circumstances.

Remembering Janice Niemi and All She Did For Women

Judge Niemi knew women needed encouraging because she herself had faced much prejudice when she graduated -- among the first women to do so -- with a J.D. degree from the University of Washington law school. In those days, there were few options open to her.

Tracking the Pro-COVID Vote

The Covid numbers are quite stable, with a slight majority not ready to die. Texas is way more ready for death than Washington state, the land of wusses. .

Want Better Leadership? We Need to give our Leaders Executive Power

The splitting up of functions and blurring of responsibility stems from the days of Progressivism and Populism, where the only way to counter the railroads' conquest of the Legislature was to fracture power. Once there is this proliferation of offices and semi-responsibility, it becomes very difficult to remove the crabgrass.