Archive for July 2016

Thank You Michelle Obama

Last week, I was in despair. Donald J. Trump had painted such a dark picture of his vision of where America is and where it needs to go. All I could think of when I heard “law and order” was 1968. That year, we elected a man I despised, Richard M. Nixon. “Tricky Dick” had... Read more »

The Joy of a Real Bookstore

Recently, we took our grandkids to an actual, brick and mortar Barnes and Noble in a suburb of Indianapolis. It wasn’t easy or convenient. The one in their town had closed, so we drove some distance to reach the bookstore. But it was worth it. They had a blast. You would think we had taken... Read more »

The Secret Life of Pets: As Seen Through the Eyes of a Seven-Year-Old Boy

The Secret Life of Pets is definitely a movie to attend with kids. We happened to take our Indiana grandchildren, ages three, seven, and nine, to see it. They were primed to love this movie. They have three dogs and their mother is a vet. So they had been counting down the weeks all summer... Read more »
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Hope and Despair and Last Week’s Killings

Yesterday at the beach, while building the “world’s best sand castle,” our ten-year-old granddaughter asked my husband, “Will the police shoot my cousins?” She meant her African American cousins, ages six and two. My husband’s white privilege left him totally unprepared for this question. He had never thought about how he should answer. He reassured... Read more »

Remembering my Father on the Fourth Anniversary his Death

(Excerpted from my book Terribly Strange and Wonderfully Real.) The morning of the day my father died he told my mother, “If George Washington could die, so can I.” Mom thought he was hallucinating, but I prefer to think he was giving himself a final history lesson, reviewing the names of all the presidents and great... Read more »