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July 18, 2018
Party in the USA
The day is hot and musty but everyone is celebrating. After all, everyone can enjoy...
July 09, 2018
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Our son Eric was four years old. My husband George, after teaching all day at...
January 15, 2018
Race Relations: A Personal History
It is Martin Luther King Day, and I muse about how my relation to African-Americans...
August 17, 2017
Life, Death, Bread, Host
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January 26, 2017
To Run and Not Grow Weary, Part 2
By Jeffrey Overstreet. Maybe it was instinct that sent me back to relive the 1924...
October 05, 2016
The Art of Steve Prince
This post originally appeared as web-exclusive content in Image issue 78. Steve Prince, a New...
October 04, 2016
Thank You, Black Southern Belles
In the twenty-plus years since the Internet became a feature of our lives, there have...
August 30, 2016
In her photo on the jacket flap of Negroland: A Memoir, Margo Jefferson looks to...
June 13, 2016
Eden at the Indy 500
I managed to live in Indiana for forty years before visiting the Indianapolis 500. A...
October 28, 2015
Sonia Sanchez Made Me a Jewish Poet; Rhonda Magee Helped Make Me Whole
Black. Muslim. American. Woman. Poet. The languages she spoke. The ground on which she stood,...
July 07, 2015
Morning Prayer and The New York Times
Summer morning routine: a cup of Awake tea, the Opinion page of The New York...
June 12, 2015
Sunday Morning at Wegmans, Prince George’s County, Maryland
It is the Feast of Pentecost on the Eastern Orthodox calendar, the annual commemoration of...
May 26, 2015
Self-Hating Jew: A Love Story, Part 1
In response to “Never Again: Netanyahu’s Holocaust Cliché,” a recent post of mine on Good...
April 01, 2015
Never Again: Netanyahu’s Holocaust Cliché
In the air, on the air, tunneling through cables, conquering newsrooms, occupying the mouths of...
January 28, 2015
The Crucifix’s Motley Crew
Archibald Motley’s most famous paintings jump and jive, then they wail. You might have seen...
January 20, 2015
The Birmingham Project
I was looking into the eyes of a black girl around thirteen years old. She...
January 16, 2015
It’s Time to Derail the Gravy Train
Earlier this week we saw yet again what happens when thousands of the unemployed, living...
January 05, 2015
#BlackLivesMatter to Poets
Poets are rising to the cause, hands raised ("Don't shoot!") but hands also holding pencils...
December 16, 2014
The Regrettably Pretty Shoes: A St. Louis Story
Guest post by Linda Wendling I love St. Louis. I love Ferguson. My whole family...
June 13, 2014
Can We Bridge the Racial Divide?
Recently, after I’d just watched the documentary about food deserts called A Place at the...
May 27, 2014
Mystery and (Southern) Manners
It’s a chicken-and-egg kind of question I get all the time, but I don’t think...
January 21, 2014
My Personal History of U.S. Race Relations
On Martin Luther King Day, I mused about how my relation to African-Americans has been...
August 28, 2013
The March on Washington: A Personal Anniversary
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August 08, 2013
Black Boy, 2013
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March 25, 2013
The New Improved Golden Rule
Our neighbor Jack is a retired widower. He goes to a mainline Baptist church. It’s...
February 24, 2013
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