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And I ask you, anti-vaxxer — what about my rights? What about the rights of children who aren’t old enough to get vaccinated? What about the immunocompromised who can’t get vaccinated? Are they not as American as you? Do they not have a right to live? …

Tocantins, Brazil. All rights © Vald Tchompalov

An Afghan man falls from a cargo plane heading to Qatar. A bird’s nest falls from a walnut tree in a sing-song ravine.

Another Afghan falls from the C-17. A teenager the whole world mourns because the media made him human. Zaki Anwari was a real person. This young man…

For the Bible tells me so …

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My Heaven-bound Christian friend, where does your hatred come from? I see you seethe about personal freedoms and rage against science as though you have no other obligations in your Christ-centered life. If you are living your faith, where is your duty? I believe in your rights but I also…

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My fellow American, you are free to not get vaccinated.

We are free to do or not do countless things. But no one is, in turn, obliged to cater to the consequences of our choices.

We are free to spend all our money and go into debt. But banks aren’t…

How to Support Women Who Are Sick of Bad Guys

All rights © Clay Banks; Edits mine

We told him everything. The keys between our fingers in parking lots, checking your backseat before getting in the car, waiting until the garage door closes all the way before going into the house. …

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Maybe Heaven smells like cinnamon and secondhand books. Or chiles en nogada. Or tikka masala. I don’t know. But I do know there is no money, there are no mosquitos, and when Mary Oliver isn’t writing she’s picking blueberries with Pablo Neruda. Jaime Sabines is smoking in a hammock. Jesus…

Convicted Killer Derek Chauvin Isn’t the Only Problem. We Need More than One Solution.

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It shouldn’t have taken America ten hours of jury deliberation, 14 days of trial, and 45 witnesses to unanimously decide whether or not to convict a murderer of murder.

And Americans shouldn’t be debating with any seriousness whether a Black woman’s words are more dangerous than a white man’s violence…

And neither do you

Rush Limbaugh and Donald Trump. West Palm Beach, FL. 2019. All rights © Gage Skidmore

I owe the dead nothing more than I owe the living.

And if you were a coal-burning furnace of racism and misogyny while you were living and breathing I do not owe you graveside reverence you did not earn. …

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The victims of COVID-19 and the families left behind deserve what little solace we can offer them. They died by neglect, by ego-inflamed ignorance that amounts to domestic terrorism. Where’s their 9/11 memorial?

Help me out with my calculations here, math majors. If The Vietnam Wall is approximately 150 meters…

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Anthropologist Margaret Mead famously said a healed femur bone was the first evidence of human civilization. Not mere existence, but civilized society. That excavated bone — the proof that someone somewhere had healed an injured member of their tribe, helped them survive while they couldn’t contribute to the whole, would…

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