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On Twelfth Night, while the Three Kings deliver gifts to the children of Spanish-speaking world, I will summon the strength to disassemble our family’s signs of the holiday season. Weeks of love and labor transformed our messy home into a … Continue reading
November tested our family. We said our final goodbye to my husband’s mother, best known in our house as Granny, and to our sons’ definition of vacation as an investigation of Celtic castles followed by games of Coppit. Our Thanksgiving … Continue reading
When Mitt Romney attacked Big Bird, he attacked an Obama surrogate of global repute. The residents of Sesame Street taught my generation and those that followed to embrace difference of color, creed, even orientation, with subtle messages of compassion and … Continue reading
An advisee dropped by my office on Friday to report on her experience in IndiCorps. She wondered if our family had any books she could put in her empty suitcases for a children’s library in the slums of Chandrigarj. My … Continue reading
I didn’t hear the phone ring yesterday morning. My husband took the call from a neighbor whose elderly husband fell ill in Istanbul and struggles to recover Chicago. They were childhood sweethearts who attended the Orrington School Centennial last fall … Continue reading
In 1972, my mother pushed me in a stroller, wearing a George McGovern button, as she canvassed our suburban neighborhood. In 1980, I argued the case for John Anderson in our fifth grade classroom’s electoral debates. In 1984, my high … Continue reading