Tag: Barack Obama

  • Let the People Speak

    Let the People Speak

    The first thing I killed was no kind thing at all: It was an enemy soldier. Which is a hell of a lot easier to say than the first thing I ever killed was a man." - Steve Mason, Vietnam veteran & poet laureate of[..]
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  • If Wishes Were Horses…

    If Wishes Were Horses…

    There are times when grief feels selfish. Today for instance, on the seventh anniversary of my mother's passing. It feels like an act of selfishness to even admit that I associate the holidays with her death, and that such an association leaves me feeling conflicted.[..]
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  • When You Are Not a Famous Author

    When You Are Not a Famous Author

    I was in Seattle this weekend. Sunny Seattle. There wasn't one speck of snow on the ground. Flowers were blooming. It was blissful. Only I wasn't really in Seattle. I was in a suburb of Seattle. Once you get past Olympia, it is all Microsoft[..]
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  • So You Want to be Admired

    So You Want to be Admired

    I asked my friends why they thought Michelle Obama was selected as the Most Admired Woman in America. They listed for me all the reasons they admired her: She's nice She's classy She's kind She's smart She's compassionate She's authentic She loves her family She's[..]
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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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  • 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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  • Build a Better Community: Invest in Women

    Build a Better Community: Invest in Women

      Over $200,000. That's how much money was raised at the 7th annual Women's Fund of East Tennessee luncheon in mid-April. As the keynote, I was delighted to play a small role in this year's event, which was dedicated the formidable Betsy Bush. Much to my regret,[..]
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  • Welcome to Wallering Season

    Welcome to Wallering Season

    I am really absolutely the last person anyone would expect to speak out on behalf of Donald Trump, so don't let my words here be misconstrued in anyway to be in support of this man, his policies, his position, or his very bad behavior. My[..]
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  • Good-Hearted People Doing Good

    Good-Hearted People Doing Good

    [caption id="attachment_3909" align="aligncenter" width="567"] Karen Spears Zacharias with then Senator Barack Obama at the Senate Hart Bldg. prior to his first term in office.[/caption]   Sometimes people ask: Whose's the most famous person you've ever met? I used to pause before answering - there are[..]
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