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LEADING US THROUGH GRIEF

Just after the bombings in Afghanistan killed American soldiers as well as Afghan citizens, President Biden addressed the families of the dead by saying, “You get this feeling like you’re being sucked into a black hole in the middle of

DEB HAALAND AND THE SLAUGHTER OF WOLVES

I was among many people who rejoiced when Deb Haaland was appointed Secretary of the Interior. I expected that many of the egregious acts of the Trump administration would be swiftly reversed, most notably the removal of wolves from the

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE NO LONGER GET EMBARRASSED?

At this May’s Republican Convention in Utah, Mitt Romney stood in front of an audience of loud, heckling Trump cultists and said, “Aren’t you embarrassed?” Clearly the answer was no, since they continued screaming and booing and hurling insults. They

GRIEVING IN FRONT OF THE WORLD

We didn’t know their names before tragedy and cruelty took their loved ones from them. George Floyd’s siblings – Philonise, Terrance, LaTonya, Bridgett. Daunte Wright’s mother, Katie, who stood in front of microphones and told the world about the last

THE LONG REACH OF RACISM

In my novel The Earth Breaks in Colors, which I published in 2015, two eleven-year-old girls – one black, one white – start out with a clear, innocent view of their different skin tones. It’s just one of God’s many

STREET TIME

She sits on the sidewalk near the place where I get my mail. Sometimes she’s on the other side of the street, sometimes I have to walk around her. It’s obvious she hasn’t bathed in a long time. She is

WHAT UNITES US

On the same day the Senate voted to acquit Donald Trump for inciting the deadly riot that he obviously incited, I waited with a small group of people for my first Covid vaccine. It was in a local CVS Pharmacy.

LEARNING TO EXHALE

You could almost hear it on January 20th, as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn in – the sound of an entire country (or most of it) exhaling. Friends, both male and female, told me how they watched the

TO BRIAN SICKNICK’S FAMILY

To the Sicknick family, a family who has lost someone precious, a son and brother who was killed in a violent rampage: you put out a statement shortly after Brian’s death, asking that his death not be politicized. You’re right

AMERICA THE BROKEN

They were images we’ve seen before — an out of control mob breaking into a government building, storming through halls and invading offices. But it’s always been somewhere else, far away, in countries we felt sorry for, superior to, places