WHY I HATE POLITICS

I am not an objective person on the subject of politics. I have hated politics for most of my life. When I was a kid, the dinner table conversation inevitably veered in that direction. My father was not yet involved

THE HERO OF SOUTH CAROLINA

I don’t know if I could have done it — stood there recording as a man was shot in the back by a police officer while he was running away. Feidin Santana was just walking to work like he did

DEATH WITH DIGNITY

When my sister Maureen was dying from melanoma, she did not choose to “go gently into that good night.” She fought. She took a slew of experimental drugs (including Thalidomide, which they thought might chase the tumors that were popping

INDIANA’S LUNCH COUNTER POLITICS

The phrase “religious freedom” has wobbly boundaries, if it has any at all. In the 30s and 40s, religious, church-going people would pack a picnic basket, dress up the kids, and gather in a field to watch the public lynching

MONICA LEWINSKY’S RETURN

If anyone thinks it’s easy to step onto the public stage after having been ridiculed mercilessly and used as a media punching bag, think about the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done in your life — the mistake in judgment

IN MEMORY OF MELISSA

I didn’t know her well. I saw her several times a week, whenever I worked out at the Santa Monica stairs. A trainer, she was a dependable presence there. We always said hello, and occasionally we had brief, casual conversations. 

HOW ALZHEIMER’S REARRANGES FAMILIES

A woman finds herself shouldering the burden of providing care for a parent with Alzheimer’s while her siblings rarely call or visit. A man moves in with his mother, whose memory is splintering quickly, while his sisters claim things aren’t

HILLARY AND A JURY OF HER PEERS

One of the negatives about being on the political stage is that, when judgments are handed down, they aren’t formed by a jury of 12 people but rather by an entire country. Sometimes by the rest of the world as

RUDY GIULIANI’S ROAD RAGE

Rudy Giuliani has been an a vengeful press tour, starting with his (supposedly) impromptu remarks at a luncheon in which he said, “I do not believe the president loves America. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up

LEARNING FROM ALZHEIMER’S

I had a powerful teacher in my adult life — one who was uncompromising and harsh, one who reached into the depths of my being, my soul, and rearranged landscapes. One who taught me that what I saw with my

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