The Gift of Dignity

With Christmas rapidly approaching stores are brimming with potential presents anticipating the post-Thanksgiving throngs rushing to buy the right gift for the right person. Gifts are the currency of the holidays. Given in the right spirit, gifts are important symbols expressing our love and affection for family and friends. Being on the outside looking in during … More The Gift of Dignity

Divisiveness: A Weapon of Mass Destruction

What’s the opposite of welcoming? Unwelcoming. What’s the opposite of inclusion? Exclusion. Welcoming is inclusive, unwelcoming is exclusive — it’s divisive.  Divisiveness is a weapon of mass destruction. It destroys families, communities, and countries. It’s a plague. It sickens, weakens, and often kills its infected hosts who refuse to realize, until its too late, that … More Divisiveness: A Weapon of Mass Destruction

“The time is always right to do what is right”

It’s August 2017. The United States of America is in the grip of divisiveness and hatred. A grip tearing our social fabric. A fabric woven of freedom and fairness for all people as envisioned by our country’s founders. A fabric celebrated in our Constitution. The Constitution of the United States of America is a framework … More “The time is always right to do what is right”

Rising Voices of Hate: Andrea’s Story

Andrea Comer is my friend. Her friends are many. Her reach is far. She lives the legacy of the United States’ history of discrimination, segregation, insults, and injustice toward the “other” through her and her family’s experiences. It’s personal. It matters. It hurts. This past year I wrote several blog posts about racial and religious … More Rising Voices of Hate: Andrea’s Story

The Path to a Kidney Transplant: Following Georges’ Lead

For people on the list to receive a kidney transplant the path is long and arduous, marked with anxiety and frustration. As one would expect for anyone with a serious chronic illness personal and family stress is high, often debilitating. In January I wrote about Georges Annan Kingsley‘s desperate need for a kidney transplant, and his … More The Path to a Kidney Transplant: Following Georges’ Lead

Post-Racist vs. Post-Racial America: A Big Difference

Reading Ana Marie Cox’s interview of actor, comedian and writer Aasif Mandvi (October 9, 2016 New York Times Magazine) reminded me of Wes Moore’s comments at The Connecticut Forum about wanting a post-racist, not a post-racial America. There is a difference. A big difference. Mandvi argued in his Cox interview that “We’re not postracial [sic]. Years ago, people would … More Post-Racist vs. Post-Racial America: A Big Difference