• In Search of Ghosts

    In Search of Ghosts

      I went in search of a ghost story. A story as familiar to me as that of Esther or Ruth; stories which have been repeated to me since before I knew how to read myself. I can't remember the first time I heard the[..]
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  • Lynching is very American

    Lynching is very American

      "All Republicans must remember what they see here is a lynching." Donald J. Trump “This is a lynching in every sense. This is un-American.” Senator Lindsey Graham. "Almost 5,000 lynchings were recorded in the United States between 1882 and 1968. Most of their victims[..]
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  • Lies on a Napkin

    Lies on a Napkin

      She sent me an email, this woman I didn't know. Let's call her Ginger. There was this story I had written a while back about an Army Ranger. Ginger thought I ought to know the truth about him. We had met by chance, this[..]
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  • Trading the Porch for an iPhone

    Trading the Porch for an iPhone

      She carried a knitted hat as she walked into the restaurant. Her disabled son only a step or two behind her. He slid into the booth. She walked up to the table where I sat with my coffee. "Put this on my bill," she[..]
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  • The Onus of Forgiveness

    The Onus of Forgiveness

    [caption id="attachment_4862" align="aligncenter" width="618"] This photo shows a bronze statue called "Raise Up", part of the display at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, a new memorial to honor thousands of people killed in lynchings (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)[/caption] During the Amber Guyger sentencing, the[..]
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  • All My Favorite People

    All My Favorite People

    Some of my friends quit church long ago, disappointed and/or hurt by a hierarchy of patriarchy, a system designed specifically to suppress the voices of all but the men in power. Just this past week I heard a woman with a doctorate declare that the[..]
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  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    I was watering the flowers when I overheard someone in distress. At first, I thought the flurry of f-bombs might have been coming from a kid walking home, talking to a friend. But it became clear pretty quickly that this was no kid. This was[..]
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  • Butts to the Wind

    Butts to the Wind

    Like much of the nation, I have been following the hurricane news. My daughter was in Wilmington, , NC, on Monday and Tuesday so I followed it in part to keep her informed. As one of her friends remarked to me, "Not exactly the time[..]
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  • Eugenics Revamped

    Eugenics Revamped

    I was not born in the United States. I am, in fact, the only family member who was not born in Hawkins County, Tennessee. My mother, my father, my sister, my brother - all born there. As far as I know all my aunts and[..]
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