Category: Politics and Current Events

4th of July 2020

Nothing changes if nothing changes. It’s quiet and sweet on the front porch. Mike, across the street, is setting up his sprinkler. The birds are singing like it’s morning instead of late afternoon. The neighbor’s air conditioner hums but has stopped making the cranking…

Hitchhiking

I cut short my career in political commentary when I realized that all my nouns and verbs were expletives and deleting them all would leave nothing but air. Not even hot air. Tepid air, the heat having been sapped from me over the past…

This is Where We Are

We are back in the city. Across town, two teen girls went missing yesterday. From there, the story becomes complicated, hard to sort out unless you piece together TV news reports with social media posts from people on the scene. Here is what I…

What To Do? Read

It’s not a sin to be ignorant. Nobody can be informed and knowledgeable about everything. But it is wrong to be ignorant and to act on that ignorance and to assume that your opinions, resting on a solid foundation of ignorance, are as valid…

Old Girl Believes #BlackLivesMatter

Well, we went to the Black Lives Matter demo. It was organized for older adults and people with disabilities and really anyone wanting to march but afraid to because of Covid-19. The idea was to bring a sign and a chair and occupy all…

When the Shoe Fits: Stories of My White Privilege (2)

One of the great advantages of white privilege is moving on. After Dontre Hamilton was killed in 2014, I was beside myself. It was unbelievable to me that a man could be sleeping in a public park one minute and be shot fourteen times…

When the Shoe Fits: Stories of My White Privilege (1)

You can do something or be something for years and never realize that what you do or what you are has a name. I’m going to tell five stories about the exercise of my white privilege. Only two or three come to mind so…

Stop

Say no to saying Hold others’ words in your hands Let night fall speechless

Beyond My Ken*

I get how someone, even a well-trained cop, can make a mistake. A split second gone off in a crazy, unintended direction. Catastrophic consequences. I get how that can happen. And even though I get how that can happen, I know that the origins…

No Hope, No Baseball

I asked the guy sitting behind us where his buddies were. The three of them have been sitting behind us at baseball games for the past four years. For awhile the middle guy, Harry (the only one of them whose name I know) was…

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