Monthly Archives: May 2018

“A republic if you can keep it”*

It has been a few days since my last post. I have been traveling, visiting children and grandchildren, celebrating birthdays and impending graduations, and tomorrow I am off to Mexico for my godson’s wedding. But it’s not just the travel and living out of a suitcase that has caused my quiet pen, for these are […]

Rethinking Community

̛I have what may seem kind of a cosmic question: Are we experiencing the contraction of a sense of community, in the broadest meaning of the term, that had been expanding for the last 50 years or more? I had come to believe, to paraphrase Martin Luther King, Jr., that the long arc of history […]

American Apartheid on Dexter Avenue

Journey to Montgomery (Part 3 of a series) “Ran away, a negro girl called Mary. Has a small scar over her eye, a good many teeth missing, the letter A is branded to her cheek and forehead.” “Ran away, a negro woman and two children. A few days before she went off, I burnt her […]

“Southern trees bear strange fruit”*

Journey to Montgomery (Part 2 of a series) Last week began with Earth Day and ended, at least for me, backstage at the Grand Ole Opry. It was quite a journey – both physical and cultural – that took me from Maine to Washington, D.C., for a benefit concert sponsored by JusticeAid, which was founded […]