December 27, 2008
It's true that humanist parents have difficulty finding a supportive community similar to that found in a church [news story, Dec. 21]. Luckily, our area has three Ethical Societies -- one each in Northern Virginia, Washington and Baltimore. Each group is a "congregation" that provides Sunday school for children, meetings for adults and other activities. All welcome visitors seeking an alternative to traditional religious beliefs and doctrines, people who have faith in reason and compassion and who seek a like-minded community committed to making this...
November 29, 2008
Judith Levine's Nov. 23 Outlook article illustrated a point -- "Don't Buy It" -- that can't be made enough to our overborrowed and overstimulated nation. I would, however, like to complicate the seemingly simple dichotomy Ms. Levine drew between public and private consumption. She stated that we choose between private consumption or investment via taxes in the public good ("we're in this together"). I would argue that there are structures and policies that prevent us from feeling connected as a community and that this "choice" between public and...
August 5, 2011 |
One of my emotions after being laid off was sadness over the loss of community. I felt like I had been banished from a community where I had worked for five and a half years. During my first interview, I found myself continuing to say "we" when discussing my former job. No. You are no longer "we. " "We" is now "they. " The very pleasant surprise, though, has been watching my personal community grow bigger and stronger. I have reconnected with old friends. I have established new friendships.
April 7, 2012
Regarding David Malitz's April 3 Style review, " Bringing darkness, depth to the party ": On the night of March 30, I held two tickets in my hands — one a Mega Millions fantasy and the other a Bruce Springsteen dream. By the next morning, I'd chucked the two-buck thing, and the Boss's bargain was to become my latest salvation. Without needlessly recounting the redemptive and reflective qualities of an E Street Band experience, I shamelessly invite the uninitiated to join the Springsteen multigenerational community...
March 14, 2012 |
Rarely have I seen such disappointed faces as the day I visited a classroom full of college students and told them I'm not a huge fan of NBC's "Community," the ensemble snarkedy about a group of adults ostensibly trying to earn their degrees at a community college. With my pronounced shrug of "meh" — plus the dismissive review I wrote when the series premiered in 2009 — I was once again staring across a personally terrifying "Community" chasm: Me on one side, feeling as outdated as Moses (even though I'm not nearly...
May 24, 2012 |
To secure his standing as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney has disowned every sliver of moderation in his record. He's moved to the right on tax cuts and twisted himself into a pretzel over the health-care plan he championed in Massachusetts — because conservatives are no longer allowed to acknowledge that government can improve citizens' lives. Romney is simply following the lead of Republicans in Congress who have abandoned American conservatism's most attractive...