EASTER

When I was young, our Spring-time ritual was to go to Phoenix, Arizona for the Easter holiday. Phoenix was where my mother’s parents lived, and we took the train because my father didn’t like to fly. I remember those Easters

ARE YOU SCARED YET?

If you’re an American citizen and are not yet frightened about the future of our country, then — I’m sorry — but I think something is wrong with you. The President of the United States is, by all accounts, beside

THE WORLD BEFORE

It sounds so quaint now, almost like a piece of fantasy, that there was once a time in this country when kids went to school without ever imagining that someone would burst in with a gun and start shooting. Because

MEN WHO BEAT WOMEN

In the Nineties, I dated a man whose hands frightened me. He didn’t raise them in anger to hit me, but he had battered me so thoroughly emotionally and psychologically that I always kept an eye on his hands, suspecting

THE TRAITOR IN CHIEF

You know things are bad when you can find some positive things to say about Richard Nixon in comparison  to the current president. But that’s where I, and many others, are at. Richard Nixon, despite his now infamous claim that

THE TEACHINGS OF A TREE

At the house I have been renting for the past five years, there is a large ash tree in the yard. It offers generous shade through the increasingly warm days of our heated up planet. It’s a romping ground for

THE MAD KING TRUMP

Behind the walls of the white castle, with sharpshooters poised on the roof and armed guards patrolling the grounds to quickly dispense with dangers from the outside, murmurs echo through the hallways and stairwells: “How is he today?” “Do we

A CHRISTMAS WISH

Christmas has always been a difficult time of year for me. It’s no secret that I come from a challenged family, and Christmas did not bring out the best in us. Looking back on my childhood, my fondest memories were

THE DARKEST DAY

Today marks the Winter Solstice — the shortest day and the longest night of the year. More darkness than light. It seems fitting, metaphorically speaking, for the day after Trump and his merry henchmen rammed through a tax bill that

HOW TO DESTROY A COUNTRY IN 5 EASY STEPS

As it turns out, it’s not that hard to ruin a nation.  Here’s Donald Trump’s recipe: Keep repeating lies so often, with conviction and purpose, as if they are truths, until people start forgetting what the truth looks like. Until

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