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Bob’s Heart: Courage Grows Strong at the Wound

By Rady Ananda

Review of Courage Grows Strong at the Wound
By Robert C. Koehler
Xenos Press, 2010, 234 pp.

One of the joys of activism is finding like minds. While most of us meet only virtually, I was fortunate to meet Bob Koehler at the 2005 Gathering to Save Our Democracy conference in Nashville, Tennessee. He spoke – actually read – one of his essays, and touched my heart. He made me feel good about re-emerging as an activist, after a 20-year hiatus. He made me feel proud, and part of a national community striving for clean elections.

Though not a single essay in his book, Courage Grows Strong at the Wound, mentions elections – it was surely a fight we all lost with the widespread deployment of computerized voting systems that can be hacked without detection – the same global community spirit emerges throughout his essays.

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Bob Koehler in Appleton, WI on Sunday, Feb 13 for book reading

By Robert C. Koehler

For those of you who live near Appleton, Wisconsin, I will be reading from my book, Courage Grows Strong at the Wound, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2600 Philip Lane (just south of East Calumet Street), on Sunday, 2-13, at 6:30 p.m.

The book is a collection of my essays fused into several narratives. They run the gamut from the highly personal (dealing with grief, the death of my wife, single parenting) to the acutely political. The book is about the quest for both inner and outer peace, the urgency of both, and the fragile future we are giving birth to.

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The Party of Organized Money

By Robert C. Koehler

REMINDER (for those of you in the Chicago area), my book-launch celebration party will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at the ledgendary Heartland Cafe, 7000 N. Glenwood Avenue, Chicago.  My new book, Courage Grows Strong at the Wound, is now on sale. Please see info following this week’s column.

Thud goes hope. Whatever the causes of “voter dissatisfaction” and voter despair that gave the party of destruction so much power back, I sit in dread the next morning not so much of the results as of the phenomenon of openly purchased elections.

“The midterms have shattered spending records for a nonpresidential contest, providing a likely blueprint for the frenzy to come when the White House is up for grabs in two years.”

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