DONALD TRUMP

I met with Donald Trump in his office years ago — in the early 90’s when I was living in New York. I was actively involved in trying to save  dolphins from the gill nets commonly used in tuna fishing.

WHEN A FRIEND DIES

My friend died early this morning, long after midnight and long before dawn. She waged a fierce battle against the cancer that ultimately won. She had been in the hospital for 3 weeks and the night before she died she

CAN TROPHY HUNTING FINALLY END

Albert Schweitzer, who won the Nobel peace prize in 1952, said, “The time will come when public opinion will no longer tolerate amusements based on the mistreatment and killing of animals. The time will come, but when? When will we

THE MURDER OF CECIL

Cecil, and the other lions in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, live in a “free roam” zone, which means they cannot be hunted. So Walter James Palmer, wanting one of those lions as a trophy, and having paid $50,000, elicited the

CELEBRITY APOLOGIES

Now that Ariana Grande has apologized again for licking donuts that an unsuspecting customer might buy, using an obscenity to the hard-working store clerk and then saying, “I hate America. I hate Americans,” I think we need to address the

ON AMERICA’S BIRTHDAY

I wonder if Ann Coulter and Donald Trump will reflect at all on this day about the fact that this country was founded by immigrants. The only true Americans are Native Americans. Everyone else traveled across oceans to claim this

MARRIAGE EQUALITY

When I was growing up my brother and I called our parents’ closest friends Aunt and Uncle, even though these couples obviously weren’t related to us. We had quite a few aunts and uncles, and we had one couple who

NO SAFE PLACE LEFT

When I was a kid I used to watch Westerns on TV. Not only did the good guys always win, but if a bad guy was shooting at someone and the person ran into a church, even the worst bad

RACHEL DOLEZAL’S RACIAL IDENTITY

When I was 15, I wanted to be black. I was at an all-white boarding school in Arizona, my father had just been elected Governor of California and was angrily criticizing every segment of the 60s revolution — the Black

ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF MY FATHER’S DEATH

There was a full moon the night before my father died. Like the moon a few nights ago that shone through my window, bright as a prayer. Eleven years have passed since my father’s death and, strange as it may

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