The Gift

The details are hazy, but the mental snapshots are clear.  There were palm trees and red tile roofs, individual buildings interspersed with tropical plants and the occasional bird of paradise.  The images are faded in the orange glow of a Mediterranean sun.  Perhaps we took a bus to this location, far from our apartment complex… Read More The Gift

The Humbling Vote

   Poppies, like scarlet sprinkles on a cupcake, adorned patches of wild grass along the lane.  As I drove my youngsters to their Romanian preschool that spring, it wasn’t just another morning.  It was the morning after a presidential primary debate in 2016.  When we walked into the small school building, grandparents and mothers turned to… Read More The Humbling Vote

The Normalization of Contempt

   Years ago I sat in a college seminar class with ‘genocide’ written across the board.  Our small cohort was learning about specific atrocities perpetrated by humans on other humans.  Through documentaries, books and journal articles, and with the guidance of a lawyer, historian and political scientist, we discussed the roots of genocide.      Though this was… Read More The Normalization of Contempt