Dirty Boots

“Dirty Boots: A Column of Critical Thinking, Border Crossing, and Noblesse Oblige” is a weekly column that began publication in October 2018. New posts are published every Tuesday afternoon and offer a Deep Southern, Generation X perspective on life in the 21st century, whose daily (and political) realities regularly present new quandaries that are born out of the old quandaries. Whether the issue is education or race or food or economics, weekly posts address the possibilities for change in a region with an earned reputation for resisting it.

You can access the posts by clicking on the dates listed below:

Coming: October 22, 2019

October 15, 2019: “On the interstate, movement is good.”

October 8, 2019: “Country Music”

October 1, 2019: “The One-Year Mark”

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September 24, 2019: “Thank You, Peter Greene!”

September 17, 2019: “The Wisdom of ‘WarGames'”

September 10, 2019: “The Shift Away from Eliot (and Toward Tartuffe)”

September 3, 2019: “From Legalizing Marijuana to Fishing for Red Snapper”

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August 27, 2019: “Montgomery’s Mayoral Election, 2019”

August 20, 2019: “When Reading Meant Everything”

August 13, 2019: “When the Underground is Just Not Anymore”

August 6, 2019: “‘Overlooked’ on TED”

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July 30, 2019: “Year 17 in the Classroom”

July 23, 2019: “Descriptive or Prescriptive?”

July 16, 2019: “Reflecting on the National Sustainability Teachers’ Academy”

July 9, 2019: “Our Last-ness”

no post on July 2

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no post on June 25

June 18, 2019: “Matthew Antoine’s Quandary”

June 11, 2019: “The ‘White Lies’ About James Reeb”

June 4, 2019: “Expect Nothing”

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May 28, 2019: “Finding the Clotilda”

May 21, 2019: “These Myriad Problems”

May 14, 2019: “The Bright Side of Impermanence”

May 7, 2019: “Dog-Eat-Dog”

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April 30, 2019: “That Something-Else”

April 23, 2019: “Fighting the Urge to Fight about Fighting”

April 16, 2019: “Real Phonies”

April 9, 2019: “Political Correctness in a World of Big Megaphones”

April 2, 2019: “The standards aren’t the problem.”

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March 26, 2019: “The Loss of Good Service”

March 19, 2019: “Moderation, Practicality, and Prudence”

March 12, 2019: “Ugly Words for Ugly Thoughts”

March 5, 2019: “Making a Dollar with My Dad”

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February 26, 2019: “The Case of Goodloe Sutton”

February 19, 2019: “Spelling, the South, and Certain Confusion”

February 12, 2019: “Local writers are real writers.”

February 5, 2019: “Generation X: Sneering and Laughing”

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January 29, 2019: “As Long as the Two Opposing Perspectives Remain at Odds”

January 22, 2019: “Sylviane Diouf’s ‘Dreams of Africa in Alabama'”

January 15, 2019: “The Sense that Prejudice Can Truly Be Overcome”

January 8, 2019: “For What It’s Worth”

January 1, 2019: “It is past time to tend our garden.”

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December 25, 2018: “Light always conquers darkness.”

December 18, 2018: “Rubin, Resistance, and the ‘Rear Guard Action'”

December 11, 2018: “Reading and the Truths on our Doorsteps”

December 4, 2018: “Do the careful, donkey-tending work.”

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November 27, 2018: “Ignorance”

November 20, 2018: “Ain’t got much to say.”

November 13, 2018: “The Worst Fallacies”

November 6, 2018: “Backwardness versus Progress”

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October 30, 2018: “Voter turnout changes the outcome of elections.”

October 23, 2018: “Nothing cool ever happens down here.”

October 16, 2018: “Education, Alabama, and the Need for Grassroots Effort”

October 9, 2018: “EJI, the History of Racism, and Knowing Better”

October 2, 2018 (introduction)