The Blacklist and My Commitment to Nonviolence

We are fans of The Blacklist, the crime show where James Spader plays a fabulously bizarre crime superstar, Raymond Reddington. By his side, and arguably the most interesting and underutilized character of the series, is Dembe Zuma played by Hisham Tawfiq. Dembe is...

The Snow Globe Twins: A Story of Oversimplification

  Picture two sisters, twins, twinkly-eyed visual copies of one another. As children, they experienced hardship of a variety that was far worse than experienced by many and far easier than many others. No matter the comparisons, though; their hardship was their...

Spiraling Around a Lifelong Learning

  Folks who work with me tend to learn pretty quickly that my braggadocio-filled description of my own artistic talents is the run-up to me sharing some stick figure or line drawing. I actually keep a small collection of them jotted on scrap paper on my desk for...

Rearranged Socks, Rearranged Thoughts

  I was 19 when I bought a proper piece of furniture for myself for the first time. The man at the junk shop – which is to say, the kind of antique store that can be found along poorly traveled roads, selling this and that out of old ramshackle buildings that...

Who do you want to be when things go sideways?

  A week or two ago, during a newspaper-inspired conversation about the coming election, Theresa asked, “What are we going to do it if it doesn’t go the way we want?” Admittedly, I gave her a pat rah-rah of an answer, a somebody’s-got-to-keep-doing-the-work kind...

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