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Day 490 – Can You Get a Refund on that (HUUUGE) Trip to Singapore???

Image from NPR Mr. President, It is with regret that I read today the cancellation of the proposed summit with North Korean leaders you had scheduled for June 12 in Singapore.  After all, despite your mad tweeting you seem to be able to charm folks in the room.  I...

Day 487 – Richard Nixon is Not a Good Role Model, Mr. President.

Image from The New Republic Mr. President, So much I could write about in this letter that it is hard to choose. There is, for instance, the cover of The New Yorker (May 21, 2018) which features you trying to golf your way out of the swamp. Yes, that swamp, the one...

Day 486 – Keep Your Prayers and Your Opportunistic Sympathy, Mr. President. Their Names are Glenda Perkins, Cynthia Tisdale, Kimberly Vaughan, Shana Fisher, Angelique Ramirez, Christian Riley Garcia, Jared Black, Sabika Sheikh, Christopher Jake Stone, and Aaron Kyle McLeod.

Image from ABCNews Mr. President, I’d like to introduce you to Paige Curry, a student at Santa Fe High School and, thus, a survivor of one of our latest school shootings.  On May 18, a young man, armed with a shotgun and a .38 revolver, walked into the high school and...

Day 484 – Your Actions Fail the Mirror Test, Mr. President.

Image from Pinterest Mr. President, One of the best ways to determine whether a particular situation or solution is valid is to conduct a simple mind game called ‘the mirror test’. When you hold an object to a mirror, you observe it in reverse; the same idea applies...

Day 479 – Letter to Moms: The Kids Are All Right

Dear Moms, My life as a mid-level communications professional in Washington, DC requires that I stay connected. I read the news daily. I get alerts on my phone about everything going on in our nation’s capital and around the world. I have many, many conversations...

Day 478 – Letter to All: A Poem on Longing for America

Image by Beverly Longing for America I long for a leader who inspires and nourishes my soul: For public words richly melting in my mind as I savor each nuance of thought; For sparkling phrases confirming human dignity and rejoicing in hope.   I long to escape the...

Day 476 – Letter to Fellow Citizens: The Rot Runs Deep.

Image from a blog My fellow citizens, Trump is nothing but a scab on a deep, putrid wound that is the American republic.  We drifted far from our Constitutional moorings long ago.  The drift has been swift at times and barely perceptible at others, but often linked to...

Day 475 – De-Ritualize Your Inhumanity, Mr. President.

Image from the LA Times Mr. President, In an essay titled Ritualizing My Humanity, J.A. Micheline says a lot about who does and does not get to "choose" to be dangerous, today. White girls do, and can call it cute, feel empowered by it, and then tuck it away under the...

Day 474 – Letter to Melania: Please, Let’s Just “Be Better.”

Image from Independent Dear Melania, Yesterday, speaking as a mother and as First Lady, you unveiled your “Be Best” campaign “to educate children about the many issues they are facing today.” Your speech focused on the “social, emotional, and physical health” of...

Day 473 – Letter to American Students: Be Your Own Hero.

Image from Digital Spy Dear American students, No matter your age, you are commencing soon from one grade to another or earning a degree of one sort or another. Realizing that these are trying times to be a young person, I offer the following thoughts to you as you...

Day 472: Letter to Comfortable Americans: Just Because Someone Doesn’t Match Your Cookie Cutter Perceptions of What a Prospective College Student Should Look Like Doesn’t Mean They Don’t Belong on a College Campus.

Image from KNBA Dear Comfortable Americans, The most recent in a spate of news regarding unjustified emergency calls to police happened during a campus tour for prospective college students. Two Native American brothers saved up their money and drove the family car...

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