Two days before Michael Brown was shot dead in the streets of Ferguson, MO, I was watching old media footage surrounding the 1955 murder of Emmitt Till. I was struck by the grace and poise of Emmitt’s mother, Mamie Till Bradley. She insisted Emmitt’s funeral—attended by tens of thousands of mourners—be open-casket. She invited the […]Read More A Prayer for the Mothers
What makes someone a leader, actually? Parker Palmer, in his fascinating book Let Your Life Speak, answers that question this way: “A leader is someone with the power to project either shadow or light onto some part of the world and onto the lives of the people who dwell there.” I like this definition. It’s […]Read More The 5 Shadow-Casting Monsters of a Leader’s Inner Life
To my friends and acquaintances who are re-posting the article, “Why French Kids Don’t Have ADHD”: I want to ask a favor: Please don’t.Read More Why I’m Begging You Not to Re-post ‘Why French Kids Don’t Have ADHD’
Yesterday I read the following tweet from Mark Driscoll: And when I read it, I let out a huge sigh. Because of all the people Driscoll could’ve chosen from the genealogy of Jesus to make his point, he just had to pick Tamar. As a woman, I get tired of people—especially influential men—picking on Tamar.Read More A Tribute to Tamar
The “Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues” Wii Game. This is my son’s current obsession. My son always has an obsession. He has Asperger’s Syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism. Something about the way his brain is wired causes him to fixate on a certain subject or object continually. It is literally all he […]Read More We Will All Be Changed
“This morning new evidence has turned up in the case of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin…” New video footage. New recordings of 911 phone calls. New eyewitness accounts. And so again, we Americans get caught up in a news story about a tragedy, a violent death. If history repeats itself, we will spend […]Read More Will We Listen to Trayvon?
. George Lucas struggled for 23 years to make the movie “Red Tails.” The film is inspired by the true story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American military aviators to see combat, during World War II. The film is patriotic, inspirational, and action-packed. It stars Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding, Jr.Why? Because it features […]Read More Go See ‘Red Tails’ This Weekend!