Thursday, April 25, 2019

MARJORIE PRIME: INTRIGUING, MOVING, THOUGHTFUL

Prime Theater Productions, working on the intimate thrust stage of the Andrew Boss theatre inside the Park Square, has mounted an intriguing play set in a near future. Tess and husband Joe explore the use of holographic technology to provide memory care for Tess's aging mother, Marjorie. Problems arise  when questions of which memories ought to be included in the holographic being. The play raises questions of how memories,ours and those of our family, may affect our own lives and the lives of our loved ones. Technology raises a whole new series  of questions around decisions about which memories to hold close and even enrich and those memories we should cast aside. How do memories affect each of us and our authenticity? The play runs through late May and is well worth an evening.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

POLITICS AND ECONOMIC REALITIES

The snow is gone for a time and I look for a quiet if brief pause in mid-winter to relax and contemplate life. Alas, such is not to be. Today's(Sunday) newspapers arrive with two excellent columns I commend to your attention. The first, in the Saint Paul Pioneer Press is by that eminent thoughtful observer of Real World Economics, Edward Lotterman, a fine, well-traveled economist. In this first of several, he takes on the history of Social Security and Medicare and carefully relates it to Free Market Capitalism, Progressive Democracy and Socialism. It is an excellent column completely devoid of the current distortions and yammerings and misguided mud-slinging of some far-right ideologues.
The second column I commend to thoughtful reader's attention is in another newspaper I read daily, the Minneapolis StarTribune. Written by careful, thoughtful and (alas) retired columnist, Lori Sturdevant, it comes on the occasion of the run-up to an important announcement from the senior Senator from Minnesota, Amy Kloubuchar. She will announce, later today whether she will be a candidate for President. But the column in question is about a growing and important phenomenon in our political tent, the idea of Ranked Choice Voting. Sturdevant explains very well why this is an important topic on the eve of the presidential campaign start. I commend both columns to everyone the least bit interested in the role of politics and politicians in the future of our nation.