I’ve been thinking a lot about hope lately. Granted, I’ve had more time than usual to think. That 3 a.m. wake-up call, wherever it’s coming from, has been pretty constant since Nov. 8. The radiator ticks, the cat snores. The willow oak leaves rustle. And I wonder how I got here, how we all got
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Waiting for Matthew

As I prepared for Hurricane Matthew’s arrival, I took a little time to reread E.B. White’s classic “The Eye of Edna.” Published in The New Yorker, White describes how he follows the track of Hurricane Edna as the storm moves up the east coast in 1954. This was well before 24 hour news, dedicated weather
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Love letter to the Library

Durham desperately needs a new library facility. But we must preserve the library spirit we already have. Let me explain. I started using the Main Library as a new mother. Every Saturday, I’d leave with a bag of picture books to supplement the ones at home. I quickly learned not to check out puzzles, since
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#trumppoetry

I was lucky to be able to attend the Flyleaf Books evening of political poetry on August 23. Five poets read from their work as well as work published in Jacar Press’s fabulous Resisting Arrest. Poet and Jacar Press publisher Richard Krawiec read along with El Habib Louai, a Moroccan who’s also a musician; Techa Beaumont,
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Ban assault weapons

         
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The Green Party’s Catfish gambit

Jill Stein, running for U.S. president as the leader of the Green Party, seems like a lovely woman. But her candidacy does no one any favors. It’s not that I fear she’ll edge us toward a Drumpf White House, with all the horror that entails. Unlike her Green Party predecessor, Ralph Nader, in 2000, she’s still
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A bathroom break

Shakespeare famously wrote, “All the world’s a stage.” A question North Carolinians are asking is why our state legislature is so focused on the stage that is public bathrooms. Full disclosure: I’m stealing this opening from a friend, the writer Jenn Bishop. While we were pursuing writing degrees together at the Vermont College of Fine
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Who will sound the alarm?

In a packed Page Auditorium on Duke University’s West campus, a distinguished older gentleman stood to speak. On stage was Jennifer Pinckney, the widow of Charleston Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney, shot by a racist on June 17, 2015. Pinckney, a state senator, was leading bible study at Mother Emanuel AME Church. With him died eight
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Fancy Gap Dilemma

Heading south on I-77 the Sunday after Thanksgiving, I had what I call the Fancy Gap Dilemma. I’d been driving for many hours. A heavy mist erased the lanes. Paired with the early dark of winter, the mountains would have been invisible but for the ups and downs of the road and often sharp curves.
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“The fierce urgency of now”: gun control

My wonderful colleague Joy Olson, the executive director of the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), posted this to her public Facebook page on January 6. It’s her account of President Barack Obama’s historic announcement on gun control on January 5. Yesterday I had an experience that will stick with me. I was at the White House
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