On the left
In a Nov. 27 CBS 5 Eyewitness News "Good Question" segment,
Professor of Political Science Robert Smith answers the question: "What
is the origin of ‘left wing’ and ‘right wing’ for
liberal and conservative?" Smith explained that the terms date back
to the French Revolution. "After the Revolution, the king seated
his supporters on his right and his opponents on his left. In parliamentary
democracies, they follow that tradition of seating the liberals or the
socialists on the left and the conservatives on the right."
Casting a line
Associate Professor of Creative Writing Toni Mirosevich was profiled
in the Nov. 21 edition of the Pacifica Tribune. Mirosevich discussed
her recently published non-fiction collection "Pink Harvest: Tales
of Happenstance," her upbringing in a Croatian-American fishing
family, and how writing and fishing are similar. "The sea holds great possibilities for the imagination, it always does," Mirosevich
said. "My father taught us that life with the sea is a gambling
life, certainly for a fisherman, the gamble of the big catch or empty
net. I think the 'gamble' has a lot to do with writing. When you sit
down to the page you gamble that you are going to hit something or hit
nothing. It's casting the line every time."
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