Tag Archives: United States

Questions we might ask

Will dawn help us forget who we were in the night and should we wish it so or pray to remember an amulet even as we purge the poison from our blood even as we wonder will we be whole again or has the fabric frayed finally at center and what flag do we fly […]

The bright side

As Americans’ traditional feast day approaches, I’ve been considering Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Thanksgiving proclamation.  It’s remarkable for its stubborn optimism, achieved in part by de-emphasizing the harsh reality then encompassing the nation. Here’s an excerpt: “In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign states to […]

One shot

Essential equipment

Running beneath the pro-Sanders/anti-Clinton rhetoric is a deep, mean river of unacknowledged sexism. We Americans — perhaps even the majority of women, apparently afflicted with internalized misogyny — will find a reason to choose a good man over a better woman. Still.