This is what democracy looks like?

Since my state representative (elected last November) has accepted an appointment in the new governor’s administration, it occurred to me that all three of my local representatives were appointed shortly after an election. So why did I bother to vote? I...

Total Eclipse in a time of Extreme Political Angst

According to Annie Dillard a partial eclipse bears almost no relation to a total eclipse; rather it is like the difference between kissing someone and marrying him. I didn’t quite get the analogy until I experienced one myself, and since then I’ve decided everyone...

Shootings, schools, and “values”

Over 500 people have been shot in Chicago in just four months. My teenage son casually  commented that they are picking up fast these past few weeks. Last night a 14-year-old girl shot another 14-year-old girl over a boy. When the summer comes, I’m grateful that...

School Closings are Shortsighted

Last week I was a guest blogger for the Christian Science Monitor’s column Modern Parenthood. The photo they ran of the President includes my nieces, nephew, son, and husband (see below).