Take the Statues; Leave the Pedestals

“It’s Wrong to Erase History” is the title of an angry letter to the editor of the Baltimore Sun complaining about the swift and stealthy removal of four Confederate statues Tuesday night. That’s the gist of much of the argument for leaving intact commemorative statues of Confederate leaders.  I agree. It’s wrong to erase history.… Continue reading Take the Statues; Leave the Pedestals

Happy Barn Raising Day

It’s April 15, or what I like to think of as Barn Raising Day. I’ve never been to a barn raising, but I’ve seen them in the movies. The first one I ever saw, in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, although a triumph of choreography, didn’t work out so great for the barn. So my barn-raising ideal… Continue reading Happy Barn Raising Day

The Radical Fairness of Opting In

The week before Adam’s official swearing in, the other members of the Town Board fondly ribbed him about taking the oath. They knew his wife was an atheist, and someone quipped that when I held the Bible for him to swear on it would burst into flames. Adam doesn’t mind being teased, but the joking did… Continue reading The Radical Fairness of Opting In

Praying for Paris

If you hear it a certain way, “Pray for Paris,” the hashtag of the moment, simply means let’s turn our hearts and minds to a city that has suffered a brutal and terrifying attack. Let’s allow these events and their significance to sink into us, burrow through our self-absorption and our everyday concerns, still for a moment… Continue reading Praying for Paris

Promises, Promises

We wrote our wedding vows so long ago that I couldn’t find them on my computer. Surely I meant to transfer them from the first clunky PC desktop we had to my sister’s hand-me-down Mac laptop to her next hand-me-down Mac laptop to my current one. Those vows were on my mind because our anniversary is coming… Continue reading Promises, Promises

Let the Old Traditions Fail

Virginia, my home state, has celebrated Lee-Jackson Day every January since 1904. State and city offices close; Confederate flags unfurl. After 110 years, this seems unlikely to change. In fact, in 1983, when Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, became a federal holiday, Virginia appended the Civil Rights leader to its traditional Heroes of the Confederacy… Continue reading Let the Old Traditions Fail

Cooking à l’américaine

Even before I met Maud I was trying to impress her.  If you don’t know Maud (rhymes with ode), you’ll just have to trust me when I say that she inspires that kind of behavior. I noticed her the first time all the parents were summoned to the kindergarten class attended by her son and… Continue reading Cooking à l’américaine