The black curtain – on death, fear and hope

At the age of seven, my nephew composed a 13-word rhyme as simple and powerful as anything I’ve ever heard: Soon it comes to every person, see it happen in one black curtain. Years later, I’m still mystified that a child could conjure such a cogent...

Ten self-destructive human habits

1. Our addiction to fossil fuels is cooking the only planet we’ll ever have. Instead of dealing with the problem, many simply deny it. 2. Human males abuse, beat, rape, maim and murder their mothers, sisters and daughters – those who give them life and...

Threats to justice everywhere

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. – Martin Luther King, Jr. “Letter from Birmingham Jail” April 16,...

Patton Oswalt and the Boston Marathon bombing

Patton Oswalt’s beautiful and heartfelt Facebook post understandably struck a chord with a nation stunned by the carnage in Boston: This is a giant planet and we’re lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of...

The truth no one will tell about the Sandy Hook slaughter

As the father of a 4-year-old girl, I am heartsick and shattered over the Newtown carnage, as I know all Americans are. These unfathomable mass tragedies shake us out of ordinary reality and seem far more disturbing than the daily dose of suffering and injustice that...