Moxie Cosmos 
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Updated on October 6, 2011 at 11:32 AM



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Karen has been a member of Tucson community since 1969. Wrote for major nonprofit venues over 40 years (hospitals, libraries, historical societies, human services,l educational institutions, philanthropies)and for magazines on topics from health care to housing. Now it's time for "Moxie" to write about elder issues. My eldersleuth is a retired research librarian named Sophie George and she is indispensable to a jaded Chief of Detectives, Rueben Samuels, in a small Florida city. Can an old lady investigator be interesting? She is to Moxie/Karen (who also writes book reviews for

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Re: “Tucson Salvage

Your writing is beautiful and your reporting is important. You are helping to build community. Thank you.

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Posted by Moxie Cosmos on 11/19/2017 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Group Relations

Re: “Group Relations”
The Jefferson Park ruling (or perhaps just the reporting) fails to look at the big picture. "Mini-dorms" as exemplified in Goodman's developments are not dormitories (supervised by the University), not are they quite apartment buildings. They seem to be rental co-housing. In our neighborhood (Sam Hughes) we are facing developments also referred to loosely as "minidorms" that allow many more than 5 renters to occupy a residential property. Our concerns have not been aesthetics so much as "nuisance" issues -- the noise and traffic associated with a sudden invasion of 70 or more new people and cars on a street that has been safe for pedestrians and relatively quiet. Many City authorities have to sign off on these projects, and we have to trust that they know what they are doing, but -- let's face it -- everyone at the City is doing two jobs, and accidents will happen. The best safeguard against an inappropriate housing project is discussion in the neighborhood with expert planners LONG BEFORE the diggers and bulldozers show up. Nobody should squeak through the permitting process without a Ward meeting involving those who will be impacted. In Goodman's case, it is outrageous that unbuilt projects should be grandfathered in no matter how much money he has spent up front. He knew what he was doing. Shame!
Posted by Your Name Here on October 6, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Posted by Moxie Cosmos on 10/06/2011 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Messina

It's quite a leap from celebrity babymakers to the Rosemont Mine, but the overpopulation is a subject we seem to have forgotten even as we watch hordes of people affected in catastrophes around the world. I have two thoughts, micro and macro: When TUSD opened its special school for pregnant students, I winced. What were they thinking? Before you train teens to become mothers and fathers you have to let them grow up, even if it's the hard way. I frankly think these girls should be forced to leave their brick-and-mortar schools, and find their education online and within their family (however they define it). It's not the taxpayers' problem they have no self-discipline or ambition to do more than shop for groceries. Second, the pictures of Haiti and other locations where earthquakes, tsunamis and floods have made hundreds of thousands of people homeless, also show what "teeming humanity" looks like, and it isn't pretty. Those condoms need to go everywhere in the world, because sex fills in where there is no hope. It is the primal form of instant gratification, and leads only to more need for instant gratification where there is no vision. Let's take money out of the pregnant classrooms and put them into shipments of condoms and pay educators to teach young men and women to handle the basics, which is to say, creating families with intention and dignity.

Posted by Karen Dahood on 01/13/2011 at 8:34 AM

Re: “Downing

My mother was fond of saying, "The downfall of Civilization was Elvis Presley and The Pill." She was not one to expand on this, but I think what she observed is a slippery slope away from traditional icons of purity, loyalty and respect for authority (e.g. Church and Country) that leads unintentionally to the erosion of fairness and not harming others (e.g., divorce and war). Surprisingly, she despised the Catholic Church to which her mother converted sometime in her thirties, and which resulted in my mother being forced to go to Catholic school. She described her priest as "a toad" with a big jeweled ring. So much for their effectiveness in teaching her respect for authority.
Two decades later, a large number of my Protestant contemporaries, without despising clergy, moved out of organized religion because they became too secular (e.g., "the edifice complex"). Looking back at both our generations, I am inclined to think the spread of the practice of psychology had a role. It is a more insidious form of authority (quasi-scientific) that provides excuses for our choices: we should be true to ourselves (after getting to know who we are); if we can't help ourselves, how can we help others; blame our parents (or the Church); and, in the worst-case scenario, a wide spectrum of "mental illnesses." This explains, too, the priests raping boys and nuns making "naughty girls" into slaves in the convent laundry (subject of another film).
Where did so many older priests and nuns come from? Often they were "given" by their parents to God at an age before they could begin to know who they are, what they believed, how they would like to live their lives, or that there were any other choices. By obeying, these children were being fair to their parents and not harming their families by either embarrassing them as churchgoers or taking their bread. As you say, where was the government then? Sending children off to become priests and nuns seemed certain to bind them to the other three pillars: loyalty, purity, and respect for authority. What a gamble that was!
GOOD NEWS: I hear there is a strong contemporary movement within the Catholic Church strengthening all these pillars at once, and that is the formation of groups of Sisters who have had successful careers and now want to lead -- perhaps for just a short time, but maybe for the rest of their lives -- regular devotion to both spiritual and humane objectives. Hurrah! There must be a similar movement among Catholic men.

Posted by Karen Dahood on 10/07/2010 at 11:11 AM

Re: “Exuberance Abounds

Your headline and tone for this feature are so off base. Michael Keith is not "giddy" about downtown. Dave Devine, an old-timer, should recall that Michael Keith was one of the early risk-takers, and made huge contributions, including his award-winning, Franklin Court, a rowhouse development in the Presidio neighborhood of 19th century rowhouses. His fit right in, but are better; they are "green." Keith is thoughtful, deep, well-traveled, and talented. He also is enthusiastic, and we are lucky to have him take time out to clean up after a couple of fair weather friends.

Posted by Karen Dahood on 07/15/2010 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Flying and 'Falling'

I graduated with a creative writing major and still appreciate my poetry classes in the late 60s and early 70s for how they taught me to be spare. However, I have since almost never enjoyed what passes for contemporary poetry. Burgess Needle is an "old" poet in years, but I hope his his poetry (assembled since retirement) signals a new wave of wise writers in this genre.
Karen Dahood

Posted by Karen Dahood on 06/30/2010 at 9:06 PM

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