CHARITY BEGINS

Southern Poverty Law Center tracks hate crimes from racist and the political right and left. They make a difference. More than forty years ago, our friend Bunny told me that she donated $100 each month to charity. Her food budget was less than half that. I was stunned that she was able to afford this. And [...]

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NOW AND THEN

I apologize to people who will see no point in reading this post. There is no point in reading this post. I have been trying to think of other things, to focus on the good I know is everywhere around, and to remember that I am a fortunate person. I am the oldest in my [...]

CLASS WARRIOR

"When even the unpopular girls are rich, if not always pretty, how will they attempt rebellion and nonconformity?" I haven't read this new satirical novel about an elite private school in Australia. I probably never will. When I got to the line above in The New York Times review, I thought, "Why would I care?" [...]

BELIEVE ME

I first wrote a review of Sherman Alexie’s memoir, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, in August of 2017 on Goodreads. I continue to be mystified by the glowing reviews of this memoir. It seemed to me that Alexie was busy blaming women for what men had done or for what he, himself has failed to [...]