Peace: The fear of home

Peace: The fear of home

Are you a Flintstone? I love this play on words, even though I realize it doesn’t apply to me. I have no claim to being a Flintstone unless I pass some time test after living here for over ten years. Some say that Flintstones are persons who were born in Flint....
Time to go home: A search for normal

Time to go home: A search for normal

The pandemic has proven pervasive and invasive. Michigan is again at or near the top of new COVID cases. A lack of cooperation, absurd conspiracy theories and outright lies conspire to thwart the efforts of our health professionals to protect us. And we’re faced with...
Urgency: Such a time as this1

Urgency: Such a time as this1

I have a round wooden token on my desk that I received while attending a seminar. It was at least 20 years ago, and I’ve long forgotten the subject matter. The token has the words printed on one side: “Round Tuit.” Reasonable guesses as to the theme...
Purpose: Next steps1

Purpose: Next steps1

Meryl Feinstein grew up surrounded by expectations reinforced by her parents, her school, and others. The expectations were straightforward. Meryl was expected to go to college and get a job. So explaining to a Washington Post journalist how she managed to start her...
Revolutionaries: Compassion to action1

Revolutionaries: Compassion to action1

The Republic of Madagascar sits in the Indian Ocean, approximately 250 miles off the coast of East Africa. The residents of this island nation are experiencing a climate-change-induced famine that might have gone unnoticed were it not for journalists and concerned...
Trust: Braving the cost of trust1

Trust: Braving the cost of trust1

According to the dictionary Google uses, the word “trust” means a “firm belief in the character, strength, or truth of someone or something.” Not to be confused with a “Living Trust,” which legally binds others to your wishes when...