It is my firm belief that any time Ms. Nikole Hannah-Jones has something to say, I need to listen. Indeed, she says everything that needs to be said, with both precision and artistry, in the first article in the 1619 series in the New York Times Magazine. So instead of describing her article at all, … Continue reading 1619 Project: Hannah-Jones
These days I teeter, as I think many of us do, between joy in my daily life and despair over what is not being done to save our environment, —or, for that matter, our democracy. More often than I like, I think about how a response to the history of the rise of Nazism and … Continue reading Time traveler blues
So I woke to the news this morning that a miracle did not occur in Mississippi last night. I am sending out (silent) condolences to those on the losing side, as I did for Florida, Georgia, and Texas. As a Southerner, I feel the need to say to those who lost: I see you. I … Continue reading Mississippi
I am trying to gather my courage to call my Senators tomorrow to urge them to demonstrate their commitment to voting rights, which, alas, they won’t (which is why it takes courage because it feels futile, but necessary). I thought it might help for me to write about why democracy matters, and, this will surprise … Continue reading How to articulate democracy
I fear my country is being harmed by a penchant for dualism—yes, I know you hear that all the time, but I won’t rant about it today. Instead, this is an invitation to tackle the challenges we face as a skeptic but not a cynic. Take voting, for example. Is it reasonable to be skeptical … Continue reading Be skeptical but not cynical.
It’s a lovely fall day with more colors on the trees than the forecasters had promised. And I have been trying to articulate something to myself, something about embracing hope rather than fear, a belief in abundance in opportunity, abundance in possibilities. I want to envision a cultural space in which there is room for … Continue reading Voting matters.