• Don’t Call It Dementia

    Don’t Call It Dementia

      When I showed up at pre-school yesterday afternoon, the Bean dropped his toys and literally ran across the room and jumped into my arms. He had not been expecting me. The run was his exclamation of delight. Don't you wish everyone would greet us[..]
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  • Family Matters

    Family Matters

    Fittingly, tributes have poured in from around the world for President George H.W. Bush, who is being laid to rest this week, following a long and by all accounts, a joyous life. I, like so many, was moved to tears by the remarks George W.[..]
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  • Why I No Longer Say the Pledge

    Why I No Longer Say the Pledge

    My daughter called me this week, teary-eyed and upset. She had just returned home from a school assembly to honor veterans. It was her first school assembly for such a purpose as a mom. And as any parent comes to understand, parenting makes you see[..]
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  • The Source of All Goodness

    The Source of All Goodness

    As I read the translation of the Hebrew prayer to that in English during last week's Shabbat services (the first I've ever attended), I was struck by a particular description of Creator God: The Source of all Goodness.  During my recent trip to West Virginia,[..]
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  • An Isolating Affair

    An Isolating Affair

    We were just a couple of songs into the Shabbat service on Saturday when a congregant sobs cracked across the crowded room. Those sobs soon turned into downright wails. The rabbi paused, looked, then offered words of comfort to the rest of us. Other congregants[..]
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  • The Life You Save Might be Your Own

    The Life You Save Might be Your Own

    There was this brief time between graduating from college getting full-time jobs that Tim and I went without health insurance. We had no coverage. I'll admit the need for health insurance was not something I had ever thought prior to this period in our lives. I[..]
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  • The Making of a MAGA Bomber

    The Making of a MAGA Bomber

    All across this country, in schools in your very own neighborhood, are classrooms filled full of children who suffer from a wide-range of issues as a result of prenatal exposure to drugs and alcohol. These children are suffering. Their mental and emotional limitations are vast[..]
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  • White Nationalism: The New (Old) Rebellion

    White Nationalism: The New (Old) Rebellion

      He sat in class not doing the work assigned. Instead he kept drawing the same thing over and over and over again. The Confederate flag. There was one on his computer screen, too. A Confederate flag with a rifle and in big black print[..]
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  • All We’ve Ever Known: Subjugation

    All We’ve Ever Known: Subjugation

    He sat in the booth directly across from us, eating his dinner. Behind him four big-screen televisions were tuned to ball games. The waitress brought our waters, took our orders. He thought the man with the beard was my boyfriend, not my son. I didn't[..]
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