Erasing Racism – Ways to Contribute

For those of you who, like me, are staying away from in-person protests due to being immune compromised, or are worried about contracting the coronavirus but want to make a difference, consider joining one or more of the organizations listed below or donating funds and/or your energies to help promote their missions. This is a...
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Eracing Racism – Making a Committment

Yesterday we celebrated our Independence Day –the 4th of July – honoring that day in 1776, when delegates from the original 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence. Since 1776, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American Independence. Sometimes it’s easy to forget the words of the Declaration of Independence: We hold these truths...
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Erasing Racism – Take A Stand

What’s more degrading than being targeted with harassment because of your race, sex, religion, color, gender, size, orientation, disability, age, or origin while surrounded by bystanders who see what is happening, but then do nothing? It doesn’t have to be that way. At this moment in history, we are witnessing a spike in disrespect, harassment, and hate...
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Erasing Racism – Police Reform

There are so many pathways to erasing racism in our country, with each pathway destined to be a marathon, rather than a sprint, that it can be hard to decide where to focus.  At least for now, I’m focusing my energies on police reform since the killing of unarmed black men by white police officers...
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Erasing Racism – Finding Courage


Effecting change takes time.

Changing a 400-year history of racism in our country will take time.

And it will take courage.

  I want to share a personal story – not one I’m proud of. Decades ago I was riding on public transportation in the Washington, DC area when two well-dressed white men in...
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Examining Ourselves – Part 1

As I think about what I can do to help eradicate the racism that has plagued this country since its founding, I am coming at change from multiple directions, from the micro to the macro. This means looking first at myself, then my community, my county (including my local police force) and the country. This is...
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To Honor Those Who Have Died

To all of our men and women in uniform, our veterans, and their families, on this Memorial Day, and every day, we thank you for your courage, dedication and service. The men and women of our Armed Forces continue to serve, both here and abroad, fighting for our freedom and the freedom of others. In addition...
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Keeping Anxiety At Bay

In recent weeks, we’ve all seen or read about the rapid spread of COVID-19 and the tanking of the economy, the increased numbers of people who have tested positive for the disease, the rising death toll from coronavirus, and the huge numbers of people out of work.

I am, by nature, an optimist and I know...
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Reach Out Your Heart

The poem below was sent to me by two different friends, so you may have already seen it. But I’m passing it on because it’s an important reminder to all of us to reach out to others as we stay socially isolated in these uncertain, frightening and anxiety-producing times.

  Pandemic What if you thought of it as the...
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You Don’t Need to Wait to Start Improving the World

I recently did something I typically don’t do – I went to see a movie after I’d read the book.

Often I find the movie to be a disappointment after reading the words on the page. And if I’ve seen the movie first, I typically won’t go back and read the book. But this time I...
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