It's a Tough Time for Bill Cosby Fans

A highly-respected local columnist is catching it on Facebook because of a piece he published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel entitled "This is the Bill Cosby I Know." The columnist, Eugene Kane, came to know Bill Cosby after criticizing him for one of his famous rants about 'all that is wrong about the black community.'...more

When Did Vietnam Veterans Become Heroes?

Vietnam veterans weren't heroes when they came home. When you hear one say that his homecoming was disappointing, that he might have even gotten a hostile reception, he's not exaggerating. That's how it was. I know....more

If This Then That: Reflections on Adoption

The theology of adoption has a thick ribbon of rescue running through it....more

7 Steps to Organizing a Tampon/Pad Drive for Homeless Women

 Tampax Box (TB) expressing her desire to become a grassroots organizer.Women who are homeless suffer a lot of indignities. One of them is being without tampons and pads when their periods occur. Put yourself in their place. How would you feel?...more

Inside Scoop: The Trick to Happiness

The trick to being happy is knowing how to manage unhappiness.I see all the blog posts, the lists of the ten things happy people do everyday, the five things happy people do before they wake up, the seventy secrets to happiness. I don't even bother looking at them. I already do all the stuff they say. It doesn't matter....more

Guess What I Learned at My High School Reunion!

When my old boyfriend came through the door of the hotel where my 40th high school reunion was being held, three girls, wait, three 58-year-old women scurried over to quick give me the 411. ...more
I almost went to my fortieth reunion. When plans had to change, I looked at my yearbook and ...more

Heart Like a Stone

From my seat at the table, I could see Marla walking across the courtyard with a young woman, probably her case manager. They were walking fast, in step, almost like they were a couple that might be holding hands except Marla was holding a notebook and some papers in her arms....more
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Dare You: NaBloPoMo

For a long time after being in labor and having a baby, you think you can do anything. You think anything anyone asks you to do will be effortless by comparison. You could be asked to lay a thousand bricks using concrete you stir in a mixing bowl and think it's so easy. So ridiculously easy. While you're laying the bricks, you might smoke a cigarette or talk on the phone because laying a thousand bricks will not require your full attention or anywhere near your complete effort....more
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A Long Time Coming: Getting to Know My Father

  It didn't take long for my father to develop an email style. His very first email carried what would become his signature farewell. TIE. Take it easy. Sometimes he added SIT. Stay in touch....more

The Scary People are Coming to Dinner

The part about extending invitations to dinner is luscious."Oh, you really must come, see our new kitchen." Head toss, wave. The best feeling ever is when the event itself is a long ways off, a beautiful feast on the horizon, everyone well-coiffed, pleasant, and stainless. Idyllic....more