The Value of Echoes

If you’ve been in an echo chamber, you’ll surely recall the impulse to shout or speak quietly into that magic space and then wait for the reverberation to send back your words or sounds.  Echoes are not always sonic–they can be architectural.  During...

1808

I’m just home from a pilgrimage to Washington D.C. with a good friend.  We went to have the better part of two days at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and then part of a single day at the National Museum of the American Indian.  My...

What Are We Doing?

The little six-year old girl crying plaintively and asking for help to call her tia with her memorized phone number. The little boy’s repeated cries of “papa,” “no papa,” “papa, “no papa.” Charles Blow, Opinion Columnist...

Romantic Heroes

When I was a sophomore in college (1955), I took a course in English Romantic Poetry.  When we were introduced to the romantic hero, our teacher gave us a standard definition, i.e., someone who rejects establishment norms and conventions and may be rejected by society...

Taking a Knee

When I saw the news clip showing Colin Kaepernick poised on one knee during the playing of the national anthem before an NFL football game, I immediately wanted to know more about him.  As I listened to the furor that ensued and heard people hurl accusations of...