What Would Nancy Say?

What Would Nancy Say?

I was late to the Nancy Reagan Admiration Society. She had arrived on the political scene, after all, on the arm of Ronald Reagan, a man I neither liked nor admired. I thought he was a phony — a B-movie star who seemed either unwilling or unable to differentiate...
The Passion of Scalia

The Passion of Scalia

My mother always told me never to speak ill of the dead. For that reason I won’t go on at length about Antonin Scalia, the recently departed Supreme Court justice. My opinion wouldn’t be worth that much anyway. I didn’t know the man — I was never even in the...
The Reverend Who Won the Airwaves

The Reverend Who Won the Airwaves

Toward the end of his life, civil rights champion and Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall was asked how he wanted to be remembered. “He did the best he could with what he had,” Marshall replied. That’s really the most any of us can do, and those...
Remembering Dr. Maya Angelou

Remembering Dr. Maya Angelou

I was traveling when Dr. Maya Angelou died, away from my poetry community in Washington, D.C. But my Facebook feed was crowded with tributes and powerful remembrances, as writers, survivors, and truth tellers chronicled the impact of Dr. Angelou’s life and words...
Remembering Pete Seeger

Remembering Pete Seeger

One of our great heroes died last night. At 94, I suppose it wasn’t a tragedy for him, especially since his wife Toshi died last summer after a life of love and shared work, and 70 years of marriage, but what a huge loss. For all of us. Pete gave us everything —...
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