A Letter to the Homeland After Various Tragedies

July 18, 2013 America, are we becoming more real? Will we know pain And therefore notice More sharply the unnamed colors In the sunset over the mountains Or the gleam of the local deli’s countertop And pause in wonder At the beauty and ache of it all? Our children dying Huddled  together and terrified, We…

Growing up with Scout

Yes, it’s painful and sad to read the first chapter of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman (Oh, Jem) — even worse to read this NYTimes review that reveals “Atticus Finch is a racist”, plain and simple. Just as grown-up Scout/Jean-Louise has to face that the idealized childhood vision of her father isn’t real (or is…

Who We Are

What happened in Charleston is the convergence of two of the most grotesque and horrific things about America — gun violence and racial hatred. Neither one is inevitable, but every time it happens there is “shock”, denial, and willful avoidance of what needs to be done to prevent it from happening again.