Stepping into the Storm

January 11, 2018 | Tags: , , ,

As I write this, the snow is swirling outside my window so fully I can’t see the pine trees just 20 feet away. It brings to mind an extraordinary and terrifying passage in a favorite novel,  Driftless, by David Rhodes. The scene takes place in the winter on a Wisconsin farm, where Graham and Cora […]

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Inside Story

November 9, 2017 | Tags: , , , , , ,

“Every moment happens twice, inside and outside, and they are very different histories.” Zadie Smith Decades ago, when I was studying the who-what-when-where-why’s of journalism, we used to talk about getting the “inside story.” By this we meant the real story told by primary sources – people who experienced or witnessed the events first-hand. Today […]

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Letting Go of What We Know

October 13, 2017

My paternal grandparents both emigrated from Germany. Each arrived alone, a teenager carrying a single suitcase. Each, like so many immigrants coming to the United States today, left behind family, homeland, first language and the familiarity that now fills my own life as the air that I breathe and the inheritance my grandparents passed on […]

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