I remember when there was only one Starbucks across the street from the Public Market and it also sold chocolate from Belgium and spices in little baggies as if cumin were something that could get you high and maybe it did. I remember when Nordstrom only sold shoes. I remember when the Smith Tower was [...]



Love consists in this, that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other. —Rainer Maria Rilke When my husband and I take our morning walk, we wander apart as much as we walk side by side. "I am going up to check that," Gary will say, gesturing at something pink higher upshore. Yesterday morning [...]


  We paid off our mortgage on Tuesday. We asked for a payout balance and had the bank wire the funds. The trick is that we will still be putting the money into the bank to cover insurance and taxes. It feels good even so. As I type, my husband is realizing a long-term goal. He [...]

“The Supreme Court traded one injustice for another 74 years later.”

FIGHTING HATE // TEACHING TOLERANCE // SEEKING JUSTICE JUNE 30, 2018 Weekend Read // Issue 86 Fred Korematsu was 23 when he defied the order sending him to an internment camp. He was one of 120,000 Japanese immigrants and Americans detained by the federal government under Executive Order 9066. He fought his case all the [...]


Last fall, I read the memoir Hillbilly Elegy and I struggled with its view of poverty. The man suffered, but suffering does not necessarily make us wise. I both recognized that he was reporting his personal experience, and felt concerned that his view of his own life was limited by his selfish political point of view. This [...]


One of the assignments I used to give my juniors was to memorize the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States. We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings [...]