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What the Listening Canvass of Southeastern Pennsylvania Taught us about Knocking on the Doors of Strangers

October 15, 2018

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I feel tenderness and empathy towards folks who speak candidly about their fear of encountering strangers if they were to knock on doors to ask voters to support a given candidate or party. Allow me, however, to say how positive my experience has been, particularly starting in late winter of 2017 when Melissa Visintin, a […]

The Broken Contract by George Packer

January 13, 2016

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This essay ran in Foreign Affairs in November/December 2011. At that time, I was recovering, but still shell-shocked by writing a dissertation, having a baby, (teaching full-time through all of that) and never taking a breather. Autumn of 2011, I was teaching two early morning sections of Introduction to Sociology at Drexel University – with […]

Remembrance of the Fassetts, Great Aunt Mert and Yellow Tomato Preserves

September 13, 2015

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Remembrance of the Fassetts, Great Aunt Mert and Yellow Tomato Preserves On Saturday morning November 7, 2015 we blanched and cooked up red, yellow (and a few green) small tomatoes from the garden. (I had been freezing them all summer and autumn long). According to our father, Richard Redd, It was Aunt Mert, the fraternal twin of our (my sister’s, brother’s and my) great […]

First day of a journal about caring for Richard Redd

March 23, 2015

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Monday March 23, 2015 It’s Monday, and I don’t have to teach on Mondays. This means I can help get 12-year-old Arkady out the door with relatively little stress, walk the dogs, Zeus and Lilu, over to Jenkintown Elementary School and then cook my dad a nice breakfast. Today it what my family calls “toads […]

Do White Americans have a “Great Death”?

November 7, 2013

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Nearly every ethnic group has a “Great Death.” By this I mean catastrophic loss of more than human lives.  This expression comes (in translation) from the Yup’ik Eskimos and refers to their “Great Death,”  the aftermath of diphtheria, influenza and disease that decimated southwestern Alaskan villages after initial contact with Russian Orthodox and Moravian missionaries […]

On the day of remembrance

April 7, 2013

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Sunday April 7, 2013 Today is Yom HaShoah. It means day of the holocaust. The word, “Holocaust” comes from the Greek, meaning a thing entirely consumed by fire. Today we remember the victims of perhaps the greatest crime of humans against humans. The six million or more Jews and three million others killed by the […]