I am a former public school teacher and a writer. My latest book, Growing Up White came out in September, 2008. I am also a visual artist. I live in the warehouse district and walk each morning along the river.
You know the warning on your car mirror: “Objects In Mirror May Appear Larger Than They Are”. This phrase reminds me of the distorted ways we sometimes see and experience this world.
“I am afraid nothing will change”
“Nothing’s gonna change, it isn’t ever going to be any different.”
Three events sent me into a tailspin of despair this past week. I know many who felt this way judging from Facebook and personal emails.
For the last two weeks I have had the pleasure of speaking with faculty and students in parts of the rural Midwest.
Sometimes you have to jump in and speak out. Sometimes you hold back, see where the wind takes you, decide later to write something, say something.
Levin, at the end of the novel Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, thinks the following:
Sometimes I need to get out of my adult world and go talk with some young people. I am especially intrigued by what boys and girls think about reading, writing, ethical issues and literature.
I recently wondered aloud if white parents in the southwest area of this city would be willing to send their sons and daughters to the north side to help keep some schools open just as black
My father believed that competition was healthy . He was convinced that our success as a country depended heavily on winning: whether it was wars or business or the St.
It had been almost fifty years since I had been in an Episcopal church: not since boarding school days.
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