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July 19, 2016
Law and Order: Donald Trump’s Fantasy
Donald Trump has promised us that he will be the candidate standing on the side...
June 13, 2016
Profile of a Murderer
Don’t get me wrong. I am not generally a fan of profiling. I find it...
July 28, 2015
Sandra Bland died in police custody, and now there is video available for all to...
June 18, 2015
Maybe we could just sit down and cry together first. In the presence of Black...
June 10, 2014
Oops, Oh Well
Turns out there was another school shooting. Yeah, the one in Oregon, not the people...
October 04, 2013
America…Where Do We Begin?
I can’t sleep. Again. Tonight I’m thinking about how, in the city where I live,...
September 20, 2013
The Endless Seconds of Good
I was feeling a little shaky earlier this week, and it took me a few...
September 16, 2013
Really, WTF? Has people shooting at strangers become a sort of national pastime? Are we...
September 12, 2013
Who’s In and Who’s Out of Institutions (and the immigrants between)
The British social anthropologist Mary Douglas had this to say about institutions: Inside a...
September 04, 2013
None of the Above
As I write, the President and Congress are discussing how to respond to the use...
August 21, 2013
Perhaps you have heard about Antoinette Tuff, who this week single-handedly prevented a massacre at...
April 21, 2013
Looking for Words that Help
Here’s what I’ve been musing about all week, as events of all kinds have folded...
December 15, 2012
The Day After Newtown: Finding Our Way
And so we wake up the morning after, and it wasn’t a dream. The children...
December 14, 2012
“Guns Don’t Kill People”
OK, so what if we accepted that “guns don’t kill people, people do”? Just for...
September 13, 2012
Violence Begets Violence
I’m sure you’ve heard the aphorism, that violence never solves anything. It is a good...
September 12, 2012
Grief and Atonement
There are so many reasons to be filled with grief: the four diplomats whose lives...
August 28, 2012
Hating Hateful Haters
Last week, advertisements began appearing at commuter train stations in the county where I live...
August 12, 2012
Imperfect Being, Seeking Balance
For several weeks now, I have been walking around my garden first thing each morning,...
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