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In praise of oh-so-human journalists

For most of us, our first glimpse into the horrors of the Boston Marathon tragedy came through the lens of Boston Globe photojournalist Steve Silva. In two minutes and 42 seconds of video, we see and hear what happened as one explosion follows...

 

Love in the Middle Ages

It was a hard snow, the kind that stings your face on its way to burying everything in sight. I stood in front of the kitchen window, warm and dry but for my red, swollen eyes. I wrapped my arms around me and held on tightly as I watched him pitch...

 

How not to write a soman's obituary

At the risk of sounding like someone who “can’t let it go” — a feminist’s badge of honor if ever there were one — I’d like to offer a few tips on how to write obituaries about accomplished women in America. It’s a short list really....

 

Celebrate the converts to marriage equality

My friendship with Jackie Cassara began over lunch in 1992, after she announced that she was gay as if it were a warning. We had spoken over the phone a few times for a story about one of her colleagues. Jackie and I were both working mothers with...

 

Oberlin: Acts of hate, meant to divide, unite

Ariana Abayomi was sound asleep in her dorm room at Oberlin College in Ohio, when a fellow resident adviser awakened her in the middle of the night. Groggy with sleep, Abayomi struggled at first to comprehend what she was hearing. Someone in a Ku...

 

Judge Marissa Mayer by her job, not her gender

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is abolishing the company’s work-at-home policy and ordering everyone to show up at the office. Her decision has sparked intense and often nasty debate, with Mayer usually landing on the losing end. Many women, in...

 

Many Catholic women refuse the notion of never

Some of the strongest women I know are Catholics who disagree with their church but refuse to give up on it. There are the nuns, of course, including Sister Simone Campbell. I met her and her merry bus of truth tellers last year after they rolled...

 

Every woman with a gun has a story

Gina Odom didn’t like guns until she felt that her baby’s safety was threatened. Daniela Halliburton armed herself when she returned to a home ripped apart by Hurricane Katrina. Susan Fowler and Mary (last name withheld) grew up with weapons in...

 

Yes, let’s weigh in on Christie

Every week, it seems, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s name inches higher on the list of potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates. As a result, unlike any public figure in recent memory, he is increasingly compelled to assure reporters...

 

Praise be, I’m liberal – and just like you

Recently, a reader wanted to know whether I was aware that Creators Syndicate, which distributes my column, identifies me as a “liberal” on its website. Is this really the first thing you want readers to know about you? she wondered. Her...

 

Hillary schools Congress and teaches girls

So many times during Hillary Clinton’s testimony this week before Congress, I wanted to place one hand on the shoulder of every teenage girl in America, point at the TV screen with the other hand and whisper: This. This is how it’s done....

 

Platitudes won’t stop the guns

A few days after 6-year-old Noah Pozner was gunned down at Newtown’s Sandy Hook School, his mother, Veronique, gave an interview of searing clarity. Journalist Naomi Zeveloff, in a column for The Jewish Daily Forward, described the hardest part of...

 

What Now for the Orphans of Russia?

I never will forget the first time I met a Russian orphan who had just been adopted by American parents. It was 2003, and I was on a flight out of Moscow. A little boy with big brown eyes sat in the seat next to me. A man sat on the other side of...

 

We did what we could

In December 2001, my father sent his first-ever Christmas card to me. He even signed it, “Love, Dad.” Unprecedented. Throw some tinsel on my head and watch me sparkle like a snow globe; that’s how happy I was. Dad came from the “show,...

 

We are better than this

In June 1944, polio was sweeping across the country with devastating swiftness. Children would leap out of bed in the morning, and by nightfall, they were unable to feed themselves. It was only a matter of time before it swept through Hickory, N.C....

 

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