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Why Victims Don’t Always Say Something

[The below was originally posted on my Facebook wall.] Recently, people, mostly women, have been sharing stories in the media (including social media) concerning sexual assault, abuse, harassment, and inappropriate conduct. One common theme in the responses to these stories has been something like this: “Why didn’t you tell anyone? Why didn’t you report it…

Work Harder, We’ll Still Mock You

Originally posted on Facebook: I just made the mistake of reading the comments on a story about how rising rents are displacing even middle-class people. The story highlighted the plight of a family in which the wife was the primary breadwinner (husband is ill), making made $78,000 per year, and yet was still struggling financially…

Love: An Essay

[Publisher’s note: On the cusp of 2008, a participant in a forum challenged us all to write a short essay on love. I took up the challenge and this is what I wrote. I’ve lightly edited it at least a few times over the years, but the thrust is largely identical to what I wrote…

The Woes of Tiny Churches

My tiny church, The Community of St. James, had its first service in a long while at our new location. Hilarity did not quite ensue, but it was still an adventure.  

What I Can Know

[The following is a lightly edited blog post that I published elsewhere in November of 2014.] A little over seven years ago I began a long journey in acknowledging my ignorance. Decency and decorum demand that I refrain from describing my circumstances. Let’s just say that I was in a horrible situation that lasted a…

The Quality of the Judge — Life’s Little Lessons

Note: This post is the second in a series. Each one describes a short lesson taught to me by friends, family members, acquaintances, and others. Many years ago, I spent some time recovering from a decidedly unpleasant personal situation. My recovery was impeded, in part, by my internalization of an individual’s constant criticism. One evening…

Life’s Little Lessons: What is Worthy of Me

Note: This post is the first in a series. Each one describes a short lesson taught to me by friends, family members, acquaintances, and others. A few years ago I was angry at someone. Incredibly angry. I wanted to hurt this person so that they might feel some of the pain that I was feeling….