What we need in these difficult times

As 2020 has evolved into the most chaotic and divisive year I’ve ever seen, I have often seen it compared to 1968, the year I was born. In fact, I was born just over a week after Robert F. Kennedy was shot and killed in Los Angeles. Only two months before, he had delivered theContinue reading “What we need in these difficult times”

Standing on the spot

Last year I went to Memphis for Spring Break. The real goal was to visit Graceland, but several things that we did in Memphis seemed far more interesting, in retrospect. But perhaps the most important one was a visit the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968. I wasn’t yet born whenContinue reading “Standing on the spot”

The year it all began for me

I’ve done this thing a few times that I call “Pennyfind.” I even have a category for it here. It happens when I come across a penny on a sidewalk or in the street or some unusual place. Being a superstitious sort, I usually pick it up and take a look at the year stampedContinue reading “The year it all began for me”

What Dr. King envisioned

On the weekend of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, I have to take a moment to share a story about the picture above. It appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times in August of 2006. My older daughter appears in the picture, and for that reason I purchased a copy of the paper and heldContinue reading “What Dr. King envisioned”

I couldn’t say it any better

As I used to tell my students when I was a classroom teacher, I was in my mother’s womb when Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968. Robert Kennedy was in Indianapolis when he got word of the shooting. He made a plea for calm, in the wake of the terrible news. Two monthsContinue reading “I couldn’t say it any better”