Tag: America

It Must Be Said, America, We Have it Wrong

It Must Be Said, America, We Have it Wrong
One day after the carnage in Las Vegas, there is only one thing I can think to say. Only one thing that must be said. We have it wrong. We have it wrong when: Weapons of war rain down on a crowd The tat-tat-tat of automatic rifles cut through an autumn night Ring in a... Read more »

On the 17th Anniversary of 9/11, A Plea for Tolerance

On the 17th Anniversary of 9/11, A Plea for Tolerance
It was a day just like today. I will never forget where I was; sitting in a dentist’s chair, unaware that Americans were dying in New York City. When I emerged from that appointment, the world had changed. It is still painful to rewatch the archived footage. Recall the horror. Remember what happened on the bright,... Read more »

Dear World: Please Know There Are Many Conservative Americans Who Don't Want Trump's Vision of America Any More Than I Do

Dear World: Please Know There Are Many Conservative Americans Who Don't Want Trump's Vision of America Any More Than I Do
Like many across this country, I am angry. Sad. Sick at heart at what has happened to my America. To lessen my anxiety, I limit my news to 15 minutes of Reuters online. Vow not to be on social media or talk about politics once my tired husband comes home. It isn’t easy. I thirst... Read more »
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One Mexican Citizen's Views on Life and the Great Beast to the North

One Mexican Citizen's Views on Life and the Great Beast to the North
I am honored that fellow ChicagoNow blogger, Teresa Puente, reached out to me and put me in touch with Myriam, the voice for this post on Mexico. Puente, whose blog is called Chicanisma Chicago, has had a long and distinguished career as a freelance writer, college professor, and journalist. Although she has covered many different... Read more »

Talking to President Obama (Sort of)

Talking to President Obama (Sort of)
A couple of weeks ago, the editor of this blog community suggested we all raise the bar and try to land the interview of our dreams. Immediately, I knew who I wanted to contact: President Obama. How great, I thought, to interview him as the voice of America for Talking to the World. To ask... Read more »

Dear World: Charleston is Not Who We Are

Dear World: Charleston is Not Who We Are
“Racism, we are not cured of it. And it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say nigger in public. That’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It’s not just a matter of overt discrimination. Societies don’t, overnight, completely erase everything that happened 200 to 300 years prior.”... Read more »
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Wales: Near Chepstow Castle on the Wye River

Wales: Near Chepstow Castle on the Wye River
In 2008, I attended a conference in Iceland titled The Arctic Convoys: A Lifeline Across the Atlantic. I came because my father was a Navy photomate in Iceland during WWII and a number of his photos were on display. At the time, I was finishing up a novel inspired by my father’s experiences in Iceland... Read more »