Author Archives: Lauren Wheeler

Looking over my shoulder.

I keep looking for a way out of this working life I’ve ended up with. Working for other people is not working so well for me. I’d rather be sitting at home right now, peeling back the skin on my … Continue reading

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Consolidation.

Hooray for consolidating and streamlining teh blawgs. I just imported all the posts from my old WordPress.com blog into this one. (Shall I end that one with a cleansing fire? Hmm. Good question.) More prominently on the website agenda is locating decent … Continue reading

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Blood sports.

At the Berkeley Slam right now for the Battle of the Bay Indi World Poetry Slam edition. Jason’s competing. I almost wrote “performing,” and that’s what it is, but here, it’s all about competition. And I like competition. We all … Continue reading

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Just another manic Monday.

The first day back from a long weekend is always so terribly long. But I’ve had worse Mondays, it’s true. Mexican food, karaoke, and some time with my mother and Jason. It could have been worse.

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Hello, world!

Welcome to the brand-spanking new home of Lauren Wheeler’s Fighting Words. It’s taken a while, but I’ve finally migrated the old site over to WordPress. I’ll be making some changes over the coming months to get the site up and … Continue reading

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We rats will pull a lever, too, if you give us a good enough reason.

I am hereby declaring war on insomnia. Pharmaceuticals, take me away. But, first…. — I’ve been thinking a lot about electoral politics for obvious reasons. It’s not just the presidential campaign that captured most of us all year, or the … Continue reading

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Bail out my ass.

Monday, I used my new-to-me car Sputnik to drive to East Oakland and pick up a woman named Joyce from her housing project. We then went to the Oakland Housing Authority’s headquarters downtown for a press conference before the meeting … Continue reading

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Sundowning.

She says she’s tired. That’s the first thing she says when we arrive and she’s lying in a hospital bed hooked up to the dialysis machine. Her hands, gnarled from years of cleaning and cooking, hands that held me when … Continue reading

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Even closer to home.

From an article in Time Magazine on Trinity United Church of Christ: The bulk of Trinity-goers are among the thousands living on Chicago’s South Side, a sprawl of cracked sidewalks and boarded buildings that inspires fear among the city’s middle … Continue reading

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Close to home.

Last June, after leaving my last job in the video game industry, I decided to spend the summer doing volunteer work. One organization with which I became involved is Just Cause Oakland, a community-based organization dedicated to protecting affordable housing … Continue reading

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