Categories: "issues" or "gay marriage" or "Vietnam war" or "women's movement"

Mourning Sally Ride

July 29th, 2012
Ever since I read in astronaut Sally Ride?s obituary that she had been in a committed relationship with Tam O?Shaunessy for twenty-seven years, I?ve wondered how O?Shaunessy must feel now. I don?t know how Ride set up her estate, but… more »

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 »

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 »

Family Matters

November 12th, 2009
Democrat Representative Bart Stupak?s end run around the leadership during the House vote on health care reform stunned me, but it shouldn?t have. All week long I?d been getting emails from Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Rights… more »

A Prince Remembered

March 6th, 2009
Once upon a time, not so many years ago, the term great American writer was understood to mean great white male American writer. There was some diversity among them. They might be Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, agnostic or atheist. They might be… more »