La Lista

Irony is not the right word, but it’s what crosses my mind as Bianca, a seven-year old Honduran child dressed head-to-toe in varying shades of pink, throws herself joyfully into my arms. She and her family had been in the legal clinic two days before when I was...

El Chaparral

El Chaparral Crossing into Tijuana is simple enough if you’re American. You fill out the customs form and show your passport. Any bags go through the x-ray machine but there’s no frisking or going through metal detectors. Airports are much more difficult; then again,...

Give me your tired, your poor … on second thought

(This was originally posted March 2, 2019) Since Trump was elected over two years ago, we’ve witnessed an unflinching attack against people of color and especially immigrants. But when the travel ban was implemented with no warning, thousands flocked to airports to...

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...