Alone Together

Hello, world!  Are you aging in place? “Is this what it was like during the air raids?” my 25-year old son asked me, knowing full well that we were fortunately…

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Coronavirus and the Common Good

Lacking competent or timely national leadership, Americans are stepping up in almost unprecedented ways to combat the deadly coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.  My inbox, undoubtedly yours too, is flooded…

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About Chris Matthews

There is no denying it.  Chris Matthews was a loudmouth.  Except for his surprise subdued farewell opener on his final “Hardball” Monday night, when he seemed also contrite, sad and…

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FIVE FOR FREEDOM: THE NEW PODCAST

Eighteen months after publication of FIVE FOR FREEDOM: The African American Soldiers in John Brown’s Army, the book tour continues! In late September, I was interviewed by Sonja Williams, an…

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A Time of Reckoning

I believe we are in a time of reckoning, both with our past and present. It’s long overdue. With much attention focused on 1619 — an anniversary to be marked…

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The First TV President

I liked Ike. Ike liked TV. Not FOX News.  But network news programs and musical shows. Or so TV Guide magazine for Feb. 12, 1955 tells us. “The President is…

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D-Day 75 Years Later

In 1994, I had the honor and privilege of telling the story of the D-Day landing through the voices of veterans, then mostly in their seventies. Years later, in July…

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