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

ON MY FATHER’S BIRTHDAY

104 years ago on this day a baby boy was born to a devoutly religious woman who believed in tithing even though she had little, and a good-natured Irishman with a drinking problem. That boy grew up to be my

GRACIE’S CONFESSION

Now that my memoir, The Wit and Wisdom of Gracie, has been out for a while, it has been pointed out to me that  it’s missing something commonly seen in memoirs – confessions of scandalous exploits in my life. Apparently,

THE BLACK AND WHITE OF US

The police in South Florida who used the mugshots of black teens, taken years ago when the teens were arrested, didn’t see any problem in using the photos for target practice. They never considered that those boys are now men

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