When dreams come true — Freedom!

…many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. Free at last! Free at last! — Martin Luther King, Jr., August 1963 For the…

There were strings attached

One of the things I noticed as a new staff person at Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin in the early 1980’s was that both government and foundation staff were very helpful. They wanted Planned Parenthood programs to succeed. They valued sexuality education, clinical services, and advocacy. They got the point that to make every child a…

It’s about time

Yesterday South Carolina State Senator Pinkney was buried and others murdered in Charleston were memorialized. Yesterday LGBT university presidents and chancelors cheered during the opening moments of their first conference to advance emerging leaders in higher education. Yesterday the US Supreme Court announced their decision about the constitutional protection of same sex couples to marry.…

Worth knowing

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught. – Oscar Wilde Nothing that is worth knowing can be taught. It is hard to say if I fight this statement more as a teacher or as a student. Having taught…

Call me naive

The man who has no imagination has no wings. – Muhammad Ali The fact is, I was never too bright in school. I ain’t ashamed of it, though. I mean, how much do school principals make a month? – Muhammad Ali In June, it seems that gardening, graduation, marriage, and gay pride are what we are…

It’s a wonder-filled life

Coyote, raccoon, field mouse, sparrow, Each watching from darkness this man With the moon on a leash. – Ted Kooser, Winter Morning Walks For a few weeks I have been thinking about a shift in my thoughts and feelings about the death of my husband last December. The great sense of loss is abiding with little…