I wish I’d written this. It is from Rolling Stone By Matt Tiabbi Was absolutely mesmerized last night watching the viral video of the UC-Davis pepper-spraying. It was totally amazing, […]
By ERIKA L. WOOD
Next November more than 5 million Americans will not be allowed to vote because of a criminal conviction in their past. Nearly 4 million of these people are not in prison, yet they remain disenfranchised for years, often for decades and sometimes for life.
We found some interesting and reasonably priced restaurants on our trip. The Alpine, Eutawville, SC. Their menu is a newspaper, the Alpine Times, which explains the history of the area. […]
Bonneau, South Carolina, isn’t much more than four corners and four cops. However, we learned firsthand that it is a speed trap! Afterward people from Pineville said, “It’s the worst speed trap in the nation. It was on television!” So, why didn’t someone tell us?
The Shepherd Senior Center is such a useful resource for Seniors in Columbia, South Carolina. The lunch speaker was a woman named Rose Mary Smith. Her topic: Growing Up in Nazi Germany – a German child watching her world fall apart. I’ve long taught about the Holocaust and World Wars I and II, but this was my first personal introduction to life under Hitler’s boot. And, she had pictures before and after her town was destroyed.
“Why do they (blacks) hate us so much?” a gray-haired white lady at the Shepherd Senior Center asked earnestly after I’d finished speaking about my book. I was in […]
“What do white people think of your book?” a black Pineville resident asked me in September of 2011. “Here or at home in California?” I asked. “Here,” she answered. “I […]
Lesson: mixing business and pleasure is grueling and totally rewarding.
Thursday, September 22. Joe and I flew from Sacramento to Greenville, SC, via Los Angeles and Chicago on Southwest. Free peanuts/pretzels and soft drinks! And free checked baggage for clothes and a box of books. Our flight to Greenville was an hour late and two little boys across the aisle and one row back screamed, cried and generally made the trip from Chicago miserable. We got into our hotel at midnight. (I wrote the first blog of this series on the plane, but my computer died in the motel in Greenville on the way home and I’ve lost that blog until I pay someone to get it off the dead machine. The blog was on the preparation we made for this tour in terms of marketing.)
This is a delightful commentary on jazz and democracy. The music is great and the discussion exciting. In both jazz and democracy it is imperative to participate! Here’s a great […]
‘We’re raising young people who are, by and large, historically illiterate,” David McCullough tells me on a recent afternoon in a quiet meeting room at the Boston Public Library. Having lectured at more than 100 colleges and universities over the past 25 years, he says, “I know how much these young people—even at the most esteemed institutions of higher learning—don’t know.” Slowly, he shakes his head in dismay. “It’s shocking.”