By Ted Furlow

 I have long been interested in the body politic that governs our communities and our nation. It is Lincoln’s “government by the people,” but unfortunately it seems at every level we are losing our grip on how to do it.

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By Ted Furlow

 I am sitting in the dinette, drinking my morning tea and looking out my window to the world, recovering from the Cruise Director’s summer safari to Oregon. Since having left our trailer in Oregon, we just returned from the first leg of her vacation trifecta - three weeks camping and travelling, and we will be on the road again on the second leg back to Oregon to see the eclipse on August 21st.

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By Ted Furlow

 The Cruise Director and I own a travel trailer, and we try to get it out on the road at least once a month. Our trailer is not opulent, but it’s comfortable and more than simply camping, and it has made us a part of the phenomenon of RVing.

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By Ted Furlow

 While sitting at the dinette window sipping my morning tea and musing over the Cruise Director’s planned three-week safari to the wilds of Oregon, I noticed a New York Times article by George Yancy. 

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By Ted Furlow

 In a mindless moment, I let the “Cruise Director” talk me into signing up for classes at Cal State, Long Beach. We would attend the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute together…sweet, just like our college days. Osher is an independent affair on campus, whose goal is to be a school for learners 50+. I think of it as a program for delinquent seniors, someplace to keep the geezers off the 91, and to stop the looting of buffets with hidden Tupperware. 

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