Monthly Archives: April 2011

Seeing color

This morning, without warning during a conversation about work, Kalista asked me if my boss was a black person or a white person. My heart was nearly broken. It exposed an unsettling feeling I had back in February, when Kalista’s … Continue reading

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Going home

  I have no desire to leave this place. I was reminded by an old friend today of a map my daughter had drawn for her last winter. There were dots all over the paper representing destinations like the North Pole, grocery … Continue reading

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May your strength give us strength

I met this woman recently whose husband is dying. She endured a national catastrophe, along with him, and came to this town. Six years later, she’s in this town. And he is dying. I know no details of their ages. … Continue reading

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A mourning

I am in mourning this morning. Like an alarm clock that rings when you least desire, Duncan – my parents’ black lab – has awoke. Sandy – a mutt of a dog I got my daughter on her 5th birthday … Continue reading

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The public problem with private schools

… and home schools, don’t think you’re exempt. Once upon a time, I worked for a newspaper owned by a corporation that embraced the political (and ethical, thank God) ideals of libertarianism. The main columnist – whose pieces ran on … Continue reading

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Jesus: A Muslim for Halloween?

I’ve been trying not to think too much about the latest anti-Islam demonstration to gain notoriety … the March Koran burning by Florida reverend Terry Jones.  There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot more to be said. Response to … Continue reading

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