Author Archives: Kathleen Franks

About Kathleen Franks

Kathleen Franks is a writer, artist, storyteller, and community volunteer based in Berkeley, CA

Snow Globe

Today we are ensconced in the snow globes of our lives. Shook up. Fleeting flakes of conversations speckled in the glow. Words tapping against the glass. Floating. Short strings of thoughts abruptly spit. Press send. Messages received without a face. … Continue reading

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Love vs Hate

The massacre in Norway on Friday was carried out by a man who believes that his conservative, fundamentalist religious values are morally right. He believes that liberal values of tolerance, acceptance and inclusiveness are wrong. He believes that he is … Continue reading

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Harsh vs Humane

Julia Roberts was interviewed a couple of weeks ago on the CBS Morning Show about her new movie with Tom Hanks. The interviewer asked her about having Tom Hanks as her co-star and director. Is it true that he is … Continue reading

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Street Smarts

Yesterday I was walking down I Street in Washington, D.C. trying to find my way back to the Metro station. Being new to this town, and lacking street smarts in a literal fashion, I was studying my small google maps … Continue reading

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Socially Unadventurous

DW TV (Deutsche Welle – German international news source – which, BTW, is very refreshing – you get a varied picture of what’s going on in the world as opposed to American news sources which focus on a limited number … Continue reading

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Build-A-Brain

Studies have shown that taller people are generally more successful in life, e.g., higher income, status, etc. Scandinavians have surpassed Americans as the tallest with an average height of 5’10”. In yet another area, America is falling behind. Our average … Continue reading

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Expected to Fight

Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, led a panel discussion on the state of public education in America during a lunch session at the Council on Foundations’ conference I attended in Charlotte last year. He cleared up a few matters of … Continue reading

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