Lessons of Bobby Sands

Before there was the produce farmer who set himself on fire in Tunisia¬† Before there was a Pakistani boy who stopped a school bomber¬† Before there was the Nelson Mandela who set a nation on fire, and then the world There was Bobby Sands. Some say it was Sands who influenced Mandela. Bobby Sands and [Read More…]

Little Dark Eye

  His mother was sleeping, oh so briefly, as new moms do. I reached for the iPhone and clicked open Pandora. My daughter told me later she thought I chose the song, but I didn’t. It came up randomly, the first song Sullivan would hear outside the womb. It happened to be the hymn performed [Read More…]

Murder repeats itself

This weekend marks the anniversary of the murder of Karly Sheehan. Had she not been killed by her mother’s boyfriend, Karly Sheehan would be celebrating the end of yet another year of elementary school. It’s easy to imagine Karly lugging around a backpack, chatting with classmates about her summer plans, which surely would include yet [Read More…]