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About devon

Devon Fredericksen is a freelance writer who specializes in environmental issues, social justice, and book reviews. Her work has been published in Indian Country Today Media Network, The Sheet, Eastside Magazine, The Planet, The Western Front, and Huxley College's book, Green Fire, a collection of environmental profiles. She holds B.A. degrees in environmental journalism and Spanish from Western Washington University. She currently lives in Bishop, CA.

Everything breaks

Revisited– originally posted 5/8/2009 “Chernobyl Legacy”  The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant accident of 1986 was caused by a power output glitch during a systems test. The current Japan nuclear power plant crisis was presumably caused by a failure of the … Continue reading

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Book Review: War and Peace

Originally published 7/14/2010 in The Sheet Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf “I took a speed-reading course and read War and Peace in 20 minutes. It involves Russia.” -Woody Allen It took me five months and four days to read War and … Continue reading

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Dear Utah: A love story

Originally published 4/18/2010 April 10 Dear Utah, I can already tell that our week-long tryst will seem much too short, curtailed by the irritating realities of time and money. For now, though, I feel as if I’ve slipped into a … Continue reading

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Democracy now? How?

Originally posted 1/25/2010 Have you ever heard someone say that your dollar vote is worth more than your ballot vote? Never before has this concept been more apropos in the United States. Democracy is now officially (and legally) mired in … Continue reading

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Musings on MLK Day

Originally posted 1/18/2010 Tolerance Seven years ago I was sitting in a gym during a high school assembly in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Rather than inspiring me, the theme of the assembly was offensive enough—to my values of … Continue reading

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350: More than a number

Originally posted 10/26/2009 Before you read this, take the time to watch this six minute speech delivered by Severn Suzuki, daughter of environmental activist David Suzuki, at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development: The girl who silenced … Continue reading

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Pennies and papers

Originally posted 10/19/2009 According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services 2009 Poverty Guidelines, I am officially poor. The cutoff is an annual individual salary of $10,830. As a freelance writer, painter, and photographer, I am definitely … Continue reading

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Reaching through recession

Originally posted 10/15/2009 When recession headlines began nearly monopolizing news ink last year, I decided the time was right to read John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, which had been collecting dust on my bookshelf since high school. The economic … Continue reading

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Book Review: Olive Kitteridge

Originally posted 10/3/2009 Publisher: Random House At the beginning of the summer, the elderly owner of an independent bookstore in Washington handed me a book from her display table and said, “Read it. You’ll love it.” I looked at this … Continue reading

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Junk’n the clunk

Originally posted 8/6/2009 Some climate experts are skeptics of “Cash for Clunkers” as an effective solution for reducing CO2 pollution contributing to climate change. In an article by Seth Borenstein, AP science writer, he wrote that, “….shutting down the entire … Continue reading

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