How do you do it?

Every time I read a book about being Black in the United States, I become sad at the horrible way that people of color have been treated, and continue to be treated, in what is so often called "the land of the free." Every time I read an article this year about the 100th anniversary … Continue reading How do you do it?

Some Wounds are Still Open

I just read Wendell Berry's book The Hidden Wound, an extended essay about racism, told in part as a memoir of his childhood experiences with two Black people who touched his life. The Hidden Wound was written in 1969, but it's remarkable how applicable it is to today's world. Berry wrote this: I am trying … Continue reading Some Wounds are Still Open

Electoral Change

So I've changed my mind about something political. I have to admit, this is something I didn't think was possible. I didn't think any of us could change our minds at all. But thanks to an article in my local paper, I did. It's about the Electoral College, the arcane tool used to elect presidents … Continue reading Electoral Change

Two

Two is a dangerous number. Here's how it starts: One is the primary number, the first and foremost, the opposite of nothingness. One is everything, but that "everything" really still means nothing by itself: it's just pure yes instead of pure no, pure all instead of nothing. One may be everything, but it's not yet anything. That's where two comes in: two is … Continue reading Two

Why I’m Not Saying Anything

You know, I keep hearing about how now is the time to stand up and be heard. I keep reading guilt-inducing posts on Facebook written to clergy saying that if you're not talking about Charlottesville from the pulpit, you're not doing your job. But you know what? Here's how I feel right now: What is … Continue reading Why I’m Not Saying Anything