THE TIME BEFORE ROE V. WADE

Her eyes looked haunted, distant, as she began telling me the story. It was the 70s and we were working together at a summer job. I’m not sure how the subject of children came up – it might have been

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO AMAZON

Increasingly, it seems as if this is Amazon’s world and we’re just living in it. We went from only going on Amazon to find books and other stuff to buying our groceries at Whole Foods from Amazon, since they now

THE SACREDNESS OF TEARS

Washington Irving said, “There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief and unspeakable love.” Around the world, people

ABOUT 9/11

In my new novel, The Wrong Side of Night, 9/11 serves as the backstory. The main character’s father and brother died on that day, with none of their remains ever found. We discover part way through the novel, however, that

WHAT MAKES TRUMP HAPPY

  Many years ago, I knew a woman who had escaped an abusive husband. But not before he beat her numerous times, usually where the bruises and abrasions wouldn’t show. She never wore short sleeved or sleeveless tops because her

ABOUT JOE BIDEN

I was hoping this whole thing with Joe Biden’s squishy boundaries would go away quickly. I hoped that women would, in a united front, confirm that while it is not okay for a man to plow into their space with

LIGHTING A CANDLE FOR THE DEAD

Many years ago, I knew a woman who believed in lighting a candle whenever she knew of a life that had ended. Even if it was someone she didn’t know, she felt strongly about the symbolism of lighting the way

VALENTINE’S DAY MASSACRE, 2018

It was 2:19 in the afternoon of Valentine’s Day. The students at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida would be getting out soon. Maybe some of them had plans for Valentine’s Day. Maybe some had exchanged sweet texts

JEFF BEZOS IS SHOWING US HOW TO CONFRONT BULLIES

The headlines are about the billionaire vs. the tabloid. But there is a human story here that we could all learn from. If you were ever bullied in school, or in the workplace, maybe in your neighborhood, consider how it

WHILE HE WAS IN BLACKFACE I WAS IN BIRMINGHAM

The same year Virginia Governor Ralph Northam was posing in blackface (either once or twice, depending on what you believe), four years after Attorney General Mark Herring and his friend donned “wigs and brown makeup” (note to Mr. Herring, it’s

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