Categories: "healthcare policy" or "Planned Parenthood"

Life Examined

August 3rd, 2011
Dr. Margaret Burns answered an ad I placed in the Asheville, NC, Citizen-Times while I was researching a novel set in the mid 20th century at a private psychiatric facility. I remember the first time I heard her voice; it was low-pitched and direct… more »

Belated Valentine's Greetings

February 15th, 2011
This Valentine?s Day greeting is late, and I apologize. No matter how you spent yesterday, how many chocolates or roses you received or sent, how many delightful cards arrived in your mailbox, and whether or not you awoke this morning with your… more »

Wise Women Gone Mental

May 31st, 2010
No one at the public radio station warned Phoebe Hoss not to read the f-word. She?s 84, after all, with white hair and lovely manners. Perhaps the interviewer thought it unnecessary. Never mind, she read it anyway, although you didn?t hear it if you… more »

Speaking Truth to Problems

March 19th, 2010
I have two new heroes this week: Diane Ravitch and Dennis Kucinich don?t have a whole lot in common, but both of them exhibited the rare ability to hang onto their principles and change their minds at the same time. We could use more leaders like them. more »

Before We Forget

March 8th, 2010
During the run-up to the 2002 Congressional election, I was traveling in South Georgia. One ad, run repeatedly, caught my attention, because it featured candid shots of New York Congressman Charles Rangel whose wavy silver locks brushed the collar of… more »