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A Near Century of Voting

Today, August 26, 2016, marks 96 years since American women won the right to vote. For the first time in U.S. history, we have a woman running for President with a serious chance of winning; yet her public image has been sullied by decades of misogynistic vitriol. I know it when I see it, [...]

Shock and Awe

I have been sick with a respiratory virus for the last week or so, and as a result, I had to postpone a trip to San Francisco. Lying in bed with a headache, as well, has given me pause to recall other times when illness coincided with, or impeded, travel. The time I have [...]

Hope and New Shoes

Last week an overloaded boat full of African migrants seeking refuge in Europe capsized off the Italian island of Lampedusa, at the cost of at least 143 lives.  I learned of Lampedusa only weeks ago, while playing the online game Geoguessr. What I saw onscreen was a quite rundown Italian city. I had no [...]

To Spinster Teachers and Unordained Preachers

This morning I had the pleasure of hearing a sermon preached by Anna Kendig, who will be ordained to the Presbyterian ministry this coming Saturday. I watched Anna grow up, and I still remember the sermon she gave on behalf of her fellow seniors on a Youth Sunday about ten years ago. It was [...]

An Antidote to Cynicism

Tomorrow’s election will, I hope, bring an end to one of the nastiest, most mendacious campaign seasons I’ve ever lived through. The influx of millions of dollars from SuperPacs, self-serving interest groups kept anonymous and accountable to no one, some of them even organized as tax-free non-profits, threatens to undermine our democracy.  I’ve been [...]


The last week in January brought the death of a relative who has loomed large in my consciousness of family despite his diminishing physical presence in my life through the decades.  My outlaw cousin, whom I will not name here out of concern for his children and grandchildren, died a natural death after a [...]

The 1959 Wilson Meatpacking Strike

To Readers of Packinghouse Daughter:

Here is a recent video of interviews with two people whose lives were touched by the 1959 strike at the Wilson meatpacking plant in Albert Lea, MN:  Robert Pleiss, a management employee, who was required by terms of his job to work throughout the strike, and Robert Anderson, a [...]

What happened to the Common Good?

I hesitate to use this space for political commentary.  That’s not my intention with the website and blog.  I am, however, a Minnesotan, and I shudder to think what might become of my state, which is currently shut down by a budget impasse.  Not only do I live here, but I was born and [...]

Happy Endings in Adoption

The happily-ever-after ending is a fixture of upbeat adoption stories.  How many newspaper features have you read about cute, foreign babies placed in the arms of longing parents struck childless by infertility?  How many joyously tearful reunions have you watched on Oprah-like TV shows, most recently Oprah’s own reunion with a sister she hadn’t [...]

Mothers in Prison

When I arrive at the Shakopee prison library to teach my class on Saturday afternoons, I catch the final minutes of story time, a feature of the Anthony Parenting Program, a rare in-house, overnight program that helps incarcerated women maintain and improve their relationships with their children.  The hush in the crowded library might [...]