Here’s what I’d like to know: after the impeachment trial, why did Donald Trump’s favorability numbers rise in opinion polls? The uptick occurred not only among Republicans but also among independent voters. I find that last bit of information, worrying, and I’m not alone. O
Iraqi women are demonstrating for more freedom in their country. Some of them wear burkas. Others march bareheaded, reflecting their increased sense of liberation. Each manner of dress raises a question: is their choice conviction or fashion? Don’t underestimate the power of the l
If some people can’t handle the truth, it may be because the truth is hard to find. Too often there’s an understory. A number of understories appeared in the February 14 edition of The Week. Because they are amusing, I’ll share them, starting with male myths: A man driv
I’m beginning to wonder how far I can roll my eyes to the back of my head before they fall out. After watching the ABC Democratic Presidential debate I begin to despair. As a whole, I thought it was the best of the series and that the exchange between the candidates shed more ligh
While Donald Trump’s acquittal at the end of his impeachment trial was predictable and despite the President’s reputation for reprisals, the country witnessed the courage of several patriots who spoke truth to power. We know them now as their names have been written into the annal
I’m sending this Valentine message of hearts and flowers to my readers. Some of us have been together for what is approaching 10 years. That’s a lot of companionship and I’m grateful for it and also embrace the newly arrived. My thanks to you all.
Yes, it’s heartening that cutting the genitals of young girls is on the decline in Kenya. Yes, it’s wonderful that Julie Burkhart, the woman who runs the sole abortion clinic in Kansas won her harassment case against the man who has been stalking her for years. And yes, it is c
Like many girls raised Catholic, I flirted with the idea of becoming a nun. The notion of service to others appealed to me and, frankly, it still does. Happily, I found my calling as a teacher. I know that moment of joy in The Miracle Worker when Annie Sullivan stood at the water
Recently, I had a meeting with a woman about her upcoming presentation at the free summer workshops I give each year. She’s an expert on ways to use video to promote book sales. As we talked, I mentioned the title of an old film, then slapped one hand to my face after I’d done so.
A man pulls his car over to the side of a road to provide assistance to another man whose vehicle has a flat tire. The response is common. Most of us know the frustration of a stalled car. Sharing a feeling with someone is called compassion. Sympathy, on the other hand, is a guess.