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Above all, when I consider the myriad things I might include in my gratitude list, I am grateful to exist. The probability of my coming into being — like the probability of any other human being born — was, and is, infinitesimally small. more
It snowed. Finally. We’ve been waiting for months, restless and agitated. Have you seen your child settle more deeply into slumber after you tuck them under the blanket? That’s how it feels here. more
Big Mike loved Jackson Pollocks. Paint like rain. A palette of chaos. In life, art was just one of his many havens. Soccer was another, but not in the Thursday night barstool sense. He enjoyed watching his son, my friend Matt, coach high school soccer. more
Four students dead. Six more — plus a teacher — wounded. Can you believe it? Another mass shooting. This one north of Detroit, at Oxford High School. A 15-year-old boy — and his parents — were arrested. more
Alvin Gordon raises the question of the murder of Black children by their peers, although he seems mainly interested in using this to attack Black organizations while ignoring the myriad groups that work to prevent such violence. more
My older sister was doing well as a junior at the Bronx High School of Science in the late 1950s, when she discovered she was pregnant. Her boyfriend was a senior at the same school. more
A portion of the Local Journalism Sustainability Act was included in the recent Build Back Better bill that was passed by the U.S. House. more
Although critics of the Biden administration’s Build Back Better plan to increase funding for U.S. education, health care and action against climate catastrophe say the United States can’t afford it, there are no such qualms about ramping up funding for the U.S. military. more
Like a gravitational field, there’s a narrative that exerts a powerful pull on U.S. immigration policy. It features hordes of migrants besieging our southern border, bringing crime, and lured — as the latest version goes — by erratic border enforcement, and a lenient Biden administration. more
As a member of the Riverdale Jewish community — and a staunch proponent of peace, justice and self-determination for both Israelis and Palestinians — I am elated that my congressman, Jamaal Bowman, took the time in November to participate in a congressional delegation to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory. more
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