Archive for October 2017

When Did Halloween Become Such a Huge Deal?

When did Halloween evolve into such a huge deal? I have a hard time remembering much about Halloween from my childhood. Perhaps that’s because I am trying to dredge up memories from 60 years ago. Once, I asked my mother what costumes I wore for Halloween, and she informed me that it really wasn’t a... Read more »

Frances Perkins: A Woke Woman You Should Know

The continuing education class I am taking at Northwestern University is called Notable Achievement: Focus on Women, and yet ironically only three of the nine lecturers are women. Nevertheless, let’s persist because in a lecture by Robert Coen, I learned about the life of Frances Perkins, FDR’s Secretary of Labor for all twelve years of his... Read more »

An Empathy Challenge from the Other End of the Political Spectrum

A reader presented me with a challenge when she wrote, “Laurie Levy, could you articulate with empathy the opposite viewpoints of the ones you express in this piece?” She was referencing Fear, Division, Loathing, and the Empathy Gap, and invited me to look at her Facebook page posts and comments to see if she is... Read more »

Guns is America – Anyone May be the Next Victim

Today is John Lennon’s birthday. He was assassinated by a madman with a gun almost 37 years ago, supposedly because his killer wanted attention and fame. An admitted sociopath, the man who killed him had no problem getting a gun in 1980. Just think how much worse things are on what would have been Lennon’s... Read more »

Fear, Division, Loathing and the Empathy Gap

Many Americans seem to have forgotten how to have empathy for others. Instead, they are filled with fear and loathing for those whose views differ from theirs. They reject civil discourse. Much like the proverbial “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” monkeys, they long to go on with their personal lives undisturbed.... Read more »