Category: "Afghanistan"

Not Without Tears

May 30th, 2011
When the faces of the American dead click by at the end of the News Hour on PBS, I force myself to watch. In the instant they appear, I note the age and hometown of each one, and if something in the person?s gaze catches my eye, I may wonder… more »

Ringing in 2011

January 1st, 2011
Welcome, all of us, to 2011. As the sun warms the mountains of graying snow in New York City, I feel renewed by the Concert for Peace I attended last night with two dear friends from California. New Year?s Eve is not a time generally associated with… more »

September Song

September 11th, 2010
September sparkles in New York City. In my neighborhood, Columbia and Barnard students have moved back into their dorms and fill the sidewalks, and the kids in my apartment building are wearing heavier back packs. In a city where so many people are… more »

The Wisdom of Solomon

July 25th, 2010
Lately, when I think of President Obama, King Solomon comes to mind. From childhood, I was riveted by the story I heard in Sunday school about how the king determined which of two women was the real mother of a newborn infant by threatening to cleave… more »

The Limits of Narrative

December 3rd, 2009
Even before President Obama spoke Tuesday night, the news had leaked that he had authorized 30,000 new troops for Afghanistan. I didn?t think his speech would reassure me, but it did. A little. What a pleasure it is to hear a president with a… more »