Causes

A Word In Edgewise: Thoughts on Black History Month

In 1926, Negro History Week, Black History Month’s precursor, was created concurrent with the February birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Co-founder Carter G. Woodson wrote, “If a race has no history, it has […]

Letter To The Editor: 619

On the evening of Jan. 22, I was briefly in attendance at a forum convened by Ward 8 Council member Andrea Jenkins. I was curious about a recent incident at the Blackeye Coffee Shop on […]

Skirting The Issues: A Tough Crowd

Last year, training on human inclusivity across North America put me in front of more than 10,000 people. In November, I encountered what was by far my biggest challenge of the entire year: law enforcement […]

A Word In Edgewise: Plus ça change … Or, Does it Ever?

Among the comic books I read as a kid were tales of Frank Buck, adventurer, collector, the fellow who coined, “Bring ‘Em Back Alive.” Safaris were exotic to an 8-10-year–old; I imagined jungle treks, stealth, and […]

Skirting The Issues: Hope

“Can I talk to you, Ellie?” The words came at me outside a San Francisco hotel ballroom minutes after my presentation. I had been fumbling with my computer getting ready to call Uber for a […]

Skirting the Issues: Erasure

Have you heard about the referendum in Massachusetts to strip people of color of the right to use public accommodations without fearing discrimination—places such as restaurants, libraries, hotels, malls, public transportation services, and bathrooms and […]

A Word In Edgewise: Too Much With Us—Still

Wordsworth lamented: The world is too much with us; late and soon, Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;– Too much with me, too; seeking a simpler time, I read Hendrik van Loon’s 1930 […]

Skirting The Issues: Attention To Detail

The woman behind the front desk at the gastroenterologist office seemed friendly enough. I had detected an east coast accent; “Let me guess, New York?” I said. “Close,” she answered. “Connecticut.” As I fished for […]

A Word In Edgewise: Still Star-Crossed, After All These Years

I saw West Side Story in 1957. I still have my Playbill. Based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the drama of star-crossed lovers that opened the Guthrie’s 2017-2018 season. Their season’s finale, fittingly, is West Side Story, Montagues […]

A Word In Edgewise: Why Gay Pride? (Again)

It’s that time when querulous voices ask, “Why do gays need a special Pride day/week/month/parade?” Standard retorts are generally permutations of, “When were you last attacked or bullied for being straight?” While not written as a specific […]

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