Monthly Archives: March 2012

BluesFor six ye…

Blues For six years, I have run what we call “meaning groups” for a program that works with young, drug addicted women in trouble with child welfare. Because of confidentiality, I can’t write about the women in it, but I … Continue reading

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Earl Varner’s Mother

The tragic death of Trayvon Martin has triggered memories of a similar incident that occurred about twenty-five years ago. Mary Robinson, an African American social activist born in 1943, and I were working on a book about her home community … Continue reading

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Counting Their Teeth

“I earned my social security,” the woman told her friend. “I paid for it from the day I turned eighteen. All those years of hard work. It’s not like it is welfare.” Her friend nodded her head enthusiastically. “It’s not.” … Continue reading

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Separate and Unequal

In 1981, the African American midwife described one of her most heartbreaking deliveries. As we talked we sat under a big pecan tree in the front yard of a remodeled farm house near Americus, Georgia, she explained that she had … Continue reading

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