Tag Archives: America

SEVENTEEN YEARS AGO

Seventeen years ago, on September 11th, my mother and I stood at my father’s bedside to tell him what had happened to his beloved country. He was almost completely bedridden by then and had retreated into the mysterious silence that

I HAVE A DREAM

Martin Luther King taught us to dream beyond the cruelties of this world, to reach past the limitations invented by small-minded people. He taught us to keep our eyes on the mountain-top and believe we could get there. In honor

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

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

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

THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING

It’s well known that my father was quite focused on anti-communism long before he entered politics. Ronald Reagan’s time as president of the Screen Actors Guild was often used in speaking out against the threat of communism as he (and

AMERICA’S PRE-EXISTING CONDITION

America is not feeling well. She suffers from a myriad of symptoms — fear, anger, depression, occasional nausea brought on by fear, anger and depression. Sometimes there are chills and shortness of breath, a tightness around the heart. Mornings are

DEAR REST OF THE WORLD

Dear Rest of the World, You have undoubtedly noticed that America now has, ensconced in the White House (when he’s not on the golf course) a less-than-sane individual. To make matters worse, he is shadowed by a rumpled man who

THE WEIGHT OF THE SOUL

Shortly before my cat, who was my companion for 19 years, died the other day, I picked her up and held her. She was already leaving this world. Her breath was shallow, her body limp. I swear she weighed less

THE DIVIDED ROAD AHEAD

The ambassador of darkness is now the president-elect. Despite how stunned many of us are, despite our grief and fear of the future, that is an undeniable fact. A man who has the enthusiastic support of the KKK and other

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