Power – Politics & Race


Po-Po-Poetry – Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine 3

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine won the PEN Open Book Award and the PEN Literary Award, the NAACP Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry.  It was my great pleasure to see Claudia Rankine recently at Emerson College in Boston.  She spoke On Whiteness – […]


We are all connected – Women’s March Boston 4

Participating in the  Women’s March in Boston on January 21, 2017, with the multitudes of people got me to thinking how we, as human beings, are all connected.  We are all connected – like it or not. In that multitude of people, I was surrounded at one time on all sides. […]


Friends whose family I can’t meet – racists in the family 25

Turns out I have friends who have racists in the family. About 30 or so years ago, I worked with a vivacious and gregarious woman (White) at Boston City Hospital right before it became the Boston Medical Center.  She was moving from Dorchester to a house she had in South […]


The 13th – Director Ava DuVernay’s documentary for Netflix 6

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. —The 13th Amendment, passed by Congress on January 31, 1865, ratified by the states on December 6, 1865 […]