Serena and Tiger

In the August 14th New York Times, there’s an article by Karen Crouse, a sports reporter for the paper, entitled “Tiger and Serena Confront Twilight and Aching Backs.”  Crouse clearly admires both stellar athletes, even saying they achieved unique...

Toni Morrison

A cherished friend just called me to be the one to tell me that Toni Morrison has died.   For half a century she has given us book after book after book filled with characters who don’t always succeed but who never lose humanity. For half a century she has...

Social Attraction

A friend and I are just back from a magical trip to Eastern Egg Rock in Maine.  That’s where a lively colony of puffins now lives, though 40 years ago, almost all the little brightly colored shore birds had essentially vanished from their home.  Between using...

What is “Whiteness”?

Lots is being written these days about just what constitutes “whiteness” and why we might need to figure this out before it’s too late.  I’ve recently seen two plays that confront this question in ways that make a white person like me extremely...

Unexpected Hiatus

On April 10th, I had routine surgery to remove a growth in my neck.  My last blog, written almost two months ago, told about how hard it was being for me to eat soup with my right hand, given the nerve damage to my left shoulder that prevents me from being able to use...