From Home: “A Single Garment of Destiny”

Friends: Today I begin a series of reflections titled “From Home.” While I, like millions of others during this pandemic, am working and writing from home, I want to use some of my time to reflect on our times, our world, my country, my own days. I begin this series exploring one of Dr. Martin LutherContinue reading “From Home: “A Single Garment of Destiny””

Christmas 2019: A Wounded World

In the northern hemisphere, these are the darkest days of the year. The hours of daylight drop to their smallest number until the Solstice, on December 22nd. Until then, the light in the world dims. The world’s darkness isn’t only physical, of course. In Washington, D.C. where I live, the physical world is darkening withContinue reading “Christmas 2019: A Wounded World”

Using Winter – Using Darkness

I often dread the winter. I don’t know if it’s undiagnosed Seasonal Mood Disorder or just my Southern California upbringing disliking the cold. But I do. I don’t want less sunlight. I want more. I don’t want to wear sweaters and coats. I want warmth. Recently, I’ve been making a more deliberate effort to findContinue reading “Using Winter – Using Darkness”

Remember the Martyrs of Birmingham

September 15, 1963 was a dreadful day in America. It was an especially brutal day in Birmingham, Alabama. Just a few weeks after the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, when Dr. King spoke of “The Dream” and peoples’ hopes for civil rights victories soared, Birmingham, Alabama reminded America how painful and costly theContinue reading “Remember the Martyrs of Birmingham”

Teaching Year 31: Questions & Hope

Last week, I began my thirty-first year teaching. That number sounds a little jarring to me sometimes, but I have loved this profession so much that the number thirty-one actually sounds about right. I’ve been at this “for a minute,” as some of my students would say. This year has begun very well. After sevenContinue reading “Teaching Year 31: Questions & Hope”

Philip C. Kolin’s REACHING FOREVER: These Poems Are Comfort & Revolution

When I write a review / reflection on a book of poems, I usually read through it many times and fold down the page corner on a poem I want to quote. With Philip C. Kolin’s Reaching Forever, after the first few reads, I’d turned the corner down on nearly every poem. This book teemsContinue reading “Philip C. Kolin’s REACHING FOREVER: These Poems Are Comfort & Revolution”

If Martin Luther King Were Living

Three days ago, on April 4th, we marked fifty-one years since Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. That awful act changed the course of America’s history. It’s impossible to know exactly how our country would have grown if he had lived. This year, he would be ninety years old. Imagine if Dr. KingContinue reading “If Martin Luther King Were Living”