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Independence Day

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In recent years, my celebration of Independence Day has mostly been an exercise in personal reflection. Because I’m an optimist, I try to focus on what it means to be …

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Goodbye, Don Cornelius

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This week, my freshman class will begin reading Sandra Cisnero’s The House on Mango Street.  As an introduction to the reading, I knew I wanted to show how childhood and the …

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Precious

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I saw the movie Precious some weeks ago, and since then, I have thought about the story, its art, and its implications in America. Set in Harlem in 1987, it …

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Global Compassion

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What a wonderful day it would be if Karen’s Armstrong’s fundamental idea about how to treat our neighbor (see video below) actually took hold and spread like she implies that it can. I feel a little like a beauty pageant contestant who, too ideal in her beliefs

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Selective Compassion

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As our hearts open and our charitable dollars pour into Haiti, my faith in the human capacity to give is renewed. We have it within us to pull one of …

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Why I Write

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One escape that brought healing and developed me as a writer came from the weekly routine of going to church – without my parents. Of course, in those days,  I …