Mickey Mantle and Me

August 20, 2020

When I was a kid in the late 1950s, the exhortation to “Play Ball!”, which heralded the start of Major League Baseball each spring, put me in a state of high excitement. I loved watching my Detroit Tigers take the field at Tiger Stadium, where Al Kaline and other superstars played the game. Each season,…

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I want my life back

July 16, 2020

I want my life back. I want to see movies again on the big screen. I want the public library to reopen. I want to eat at bustling restaurants. I want to travel. I want my grandchildren to be able to safely return to school. I want to see my family and friends close up—not…

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What Would Grandpa Bill Say?

June 18, 2020

America in 2020 is a scary time to be a journalist.  To be on the front lines, reporting on the social and racial unrest in the United States today, is a dangerous place to be. Just ask the freelance photographer who was blinded in one eye while covering a demonstration; the television reporter and his…

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Hush…Hush Sweet Charlotte

June 18, 2020

Charlotte had been wearing widow’s black for nearly eight months when she began, involuntarily at first, to think about Harold.  Dashing, charming Harold.  Her first love, her lost love.  But that had been a lifetime ago – 31 years, to be precise. She shoved out of her mind the staccato flashes of the handsome, blond…

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As I Was Saying…

June 3, 2020

As the Covid-19 pandemic rages, many of us have learned to work virtually, engaging in teleconferencing and staying glued to our digital devices. The U.S. Supreme Court has done likewise. On May 4, because of the pandemic, the high court kicked off an historic two-week teleconference session that was largely considered a success. But guess…

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John Wayne and the Virus

May 14, 2020

When I was 12 years old, I met John Wayne. He graciously gave me his autograph, which sprawls across an entire page of the red leather autograph book I carried with me to Los Angeles on a family vacation in the late 1950s. It was a time when the Hollywood actor was the embodiment of…

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Domestic abuse in the age of Covid-19

April 17, 2020

Imagine having an abusive partner. Now imagine being confined to your home for weeks on end with your abuser. This is the double menace that domestic violence victims in South Carolina – and everywhere else – face today: a lethal virus outside and a dangerous abuser inside. This is today’s reality in the age of…

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Women in the Time of COVID-19

April 1, 2020

Back in 1965, future British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher famously declared, “If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.” Years earlier, Eleanor Roosevelt opined that “Women are like tea bags. You never know how strong they are until they are in hot water.” We are all in…

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Navigating the Second Wave

March 19, 2020

In 1970, I read the The Feminine Mystique, the blockbuster book published seven years earlier by Betty Friedan that explored the idea of women finding personal fulfillment outside of their traditional roles. That same year, I joined a “consciousnessraising” women’s group in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where I was living at the time, and also became…

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Women, Girls, and Climate Change

February 20, 2020

Climate change is all around us. Last week, it was Storm Ciara that tore across the United Kingdom and brought dangerous levels of rain, wind, snow, and ice. People died. Travel chaos reigned for days. Last month, it was hundreds of deadly wildfires in Australia, massive blazes fueled by three years of drought that experts…

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