So far as we know, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani is still alive. We can’t say the same for Theresa Lewis, who was executed this past week in Virginia. Of course, the point has been made and will … Read More
    I was 21 when my Aunt Martha died. She was my grandmother Mary’s sister. Martha followed Mary to the United States a few years after my grandmother emigrated from Ireland. Read More
    The bullies are in trouble. I love it. I don’t love bullies but I do love it when they get in trouble. And who is scolding them? None other than super-respected world cop: Gen. David Petraeus. He’s the world’s cop because every time the U.S. finds itself botching… Read More
    One hundred seventy-five years ago today, on Aug. 25, 1835, The New York Sun began a weeklong front page serial news story detailing “Great Astronomical Discoveries … Read More
    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people … Read More
    Dear Angry White Man, I’d like to remind you of a very important interpersonal component without which most relationships could not survive. I am, of course, talking about forgiveness. Read More
    Nancy Pelosi’s kid made a documentary about the homeless in Orange County, Calif. HBO ran the film Monday night. I tried to watch it with an open mind. But that was an uphill battle for many … Read More
    I need some help. If you’re good at starting not-for-profit organizations Email me. Oh, and I need a website with a really big donation button. The button needs to take up a lot of space on the Web … Read More
    According to the U.S. Diplomatic Corps, more people play soccer in the United States than in any other country. That means folks officially enrolled in a soccer program, on a team, or playing it at … Read More
    Seven long weeks ago I wrote my column “Oil Spill or Smiting of the Sea.” I, like you, had no idea that this disaster would still be the most crucial environmental and economic policy issue more … Read More
    Miriam Webster defines luck as “a force that brings good fortune or adversity, the events or circumstances that operate for or against an individual, or favoring chance.” Read More
    I had a lovely Memorial Day. I hope you did, too. I, like you, thought about our veterans, past and present. I thought about how much I love and respect them for the sacrifices they made for me, and … Read More