Category Archives: Society

The School Walkout

On the morning of March 14, 2018, students all over the country participated in a school walkout to protest gun violence and to honor the seventeen children killed in Parkland, FL. In a lot of ways, this was inspiring, seeing thousands of kids believe in a cause and actually try to do something about it. […]

Christmas Eve

It’s Christmas Eve and I’m completely finished.  All the shopping is done.  All the wrapping is done.  I finished two days ago.  There’s nothing left to do but to put out the milk and cookies and wait for Santa to do his thing.  The funny thing is, I’m kind of bummed about it. Generally, I […]

Hartford Has It, They Just Don’t Want You To Experience It

Every year on Columbus Day weekend, Hartford hosts a marathon.  Can you guess how I know this?  They probably advertise, right?  Maybe there’s some word of mouth buzz?  How about social media?  Sadly, the answer is no to all of those.  The way people in the Greater Hartford Area learn about the Hartford Marathon is […]

The Children in the Folders

The most important moment of Dr. Robert Putnam’s presentation “Closing the Opportunity Gap” on July 21st at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts came after he’d already offered his conclusion. During the question and answer session, an audience member asked Dr. Putnam about former presidential candidate Bernie Sander’s plan to make college free. The […]

There Was Always a Better Plan: The DoNo That Might Have Been

I am not a journalist. I am a writer who loves my city, my neighborhood and the people who inhabit them. Every time I walk past Dunkin’ Donuts Park and glance through the shuttered doors at the manicured, empty field, I feel sadness and anger. The people I love and the neighborhoods we all live in […]

The Benefit of the Doubt

Let’s try some experiments. First, read the official story of Korryn Gaines, the 23-year old woman who was killed by the Baltimore police on August 1st. If you don’t want to click on the link, here it is: The officers intended to serve arrest warrants on Gaines and a man. Gaines was wanted on a bench […]

Vote for Hillary Clinton. You owe it to too many people.

I’ve written in the past about not voting. I was writing in the midst of President Obama’s second term, after five years of watching Hope and Change fail to live up to my expectations. Where was the closure of Guantanamo? Where was the single-payer healthcare law? Where was the era of peace promised by resets, […]