Cradle to Tomb, You’re a Collection of Words

Cradle to Tomb, You’re a Collection of Words

George Floyd. Derek Chauvin. Breonna Taylor. Brett Hankison. Donald Trump. Joseph Biden. Colin Kaepernick. Cathy Park Hong. Amanda Gorman. We say their names and call forth their presence, evoke a memory or produce a feeling within us. We clinch our teeth or shout...
Our Words Hold the Power to Bring Life or Death

Our Words Hold the Power to Bring Life or Death

My friend said to his mother, “Don’t worry about it. They are just words.” In fact, she was right to worry. She was concerned about the wording changes in her church’s by-laws. Words that reeked of exclusion and fear. She had prayed fervently that the ugliness that...
Can Left Be Right?

Can Left Be Right?

This isn’t really a column about political views, but that’s not to say politics won’t make an appearance. Aug. 13, in case you missed it, was International Lefthanders’ Day. It’s not exactly a major holiday – actually not a holiday of any level – but we southpaws...