The BLM Conundrum

During my time as a small-town newspaper reporter, I occasionally had the opportunity to write opinion columns. Since I was vocal about LGBT rights and the fact that I’m an atheist, I quickly developed a name for myself in the community. What that name was varied depending on who was talking, so needless to say […]

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Tamir Rice in an English class

I’m currently in the midst of a two-week substitute teaching job in an English Literature class, talking to high school juniors and seniors about the finer points of William Gibson’s “The Miracle Worker” and Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried,” respectively. And before the teacher took his temporary leave, he had also handed out a […]

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Three years after Sandy Hook

Monday was the third anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre, which left 20 children and six adults dead in a mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. In no small part because of the age of the majority of the victims, the Sandy Hook shooting has left an indelible mark on the American consciousness. Not so indelible […]

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