June 29, 2020

Sure, John Bolton can go ahead and write about “The Room Where It Happened,” but goddamn it, guys. Where are the adults in the room? 

Adults, I think, are those who make challenging decisions, say difficult things and take uncomfortable actions that are aimed at helping others. Adulting, as the kids say, is hard work. Rosa Parks was an adult. Ida B. Wells was an adult. Au...

June 12, 2020

I may get this wrong, but I’m going to try my best to talk about racism.

This meme. This is why I’m here. It’s not at all going to be eloquent, it’s going to be effort. 

I was -- still am! -- afraid to write about race at this moment because there’s really no way I could do with as much insight as Melody Cooper or as much realism as Roxane Gay or as much passion as my Vang...

May 28, 2020

Finding some certainty among the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic

There’s a lot we don’t know about what’s happening right now and there are plenty of things we don’t know about what’s to come. 

While we know it’s bad, we don’t know, truly, how many cases of Covid-19 there are in this country right now or how many there were when many states started imposing stay-at...

May 15, 2020

We learn about our five senses pretty early in school, right? Probably kindergarten?

In a time of great stress, like the current coronavirus pandemic, it feels like each of those senses--touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing--are getting quite a run for their money. Even for those of us who have been at home most of the time since mid March and we’ve experienced less of...

April 30, 2020

I am deeply appreciative that we live, for the most part, during a time when people are encouraged to “feel their feelings.”

I mean, can you imagine going through this global pandemic with a “stiff upper lip” or pretending that anyone has any experience with the current collision of a public health crisis and an economic disaster? Depending on the day, or hour, I fluctuat...

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