He Did Great In the Intruder Drill: The Story of the Moment Gun Reform Became My Number One Issue

We owe our children - the most vulnerable citizens in any society - a life free from violence and fear. ~Nelson Mandela A few weeks ago I picked up my six-year-old son from kindergarten. It was the last day before spring break, and there was that excited "day before vacation" buzz in the air. Colorful … Continue reading He Did Great In the Intruder Drill: The Story of the Moment Gun Reform Became My Number One Issue

Hey! Excuse Me – Could You Move?

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~Anne Frank For over a decade, I lived in Chicago. Which means that, as most Chicagoans do, I had a strong relationship with the train (AKA the "el," which is short for "elevated"). Every day I would take … Continue reading Hey! Excuse Me – Could You Move?

Everything Is On Fire

What is to give light must endure burning. ~Viktor Frankl It's the perfect, tragic analogy to what's happening all around us, I said. Everything feels like it's burning. The whole world is on fire. You know? My husband nodded quietly. Even a world away we felt the gravity of it all. Notre Dame cathedral - an … Continue reading Everything Is On Fire

A Disenfranchised Woman Altered History With a Pen and Paper. Of Course You Can Change the World

Never give up ... for that is just the place and time when the tide will turn. ~Harriet Beecher Stowe It's a matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong, something the best people have always done. ~Harriet Beecher Stowe Years ago, a woman named Harriet sat down at a table with … Continue reading A Disenfranchised Woman Altered History With a Pen and Paper. Of Course You Can Change the World

We’ve Not Gone Anywhere. They Just Can’t See Us.

We are only as blind as we want to be. ~Maya Angelou History is never invisible, finally, though some people seem to work very hard to be willfully blind. ~Garth Greenwell On Saturday, I arrived (soaking wet) at a union hall in St. Louis, Missouri to talk to fellow Democrats about how to spread our … Continue reading We’ve Not Gone Anywhere. They Just Can’t See Us.

Mueller Time: It Was Always Up To Us

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. ~Dr. Martin Luther King Sometimes when you get disappointment it makes you stronger. ~David Rudisha Best laid plans, right? I had already written this week’s pep talk – surprising myself with productivity earlier in the week – and then… Mueller time. Suddenly there was a … Continue reading Mueller Time: It Was Always Up To Us

5 Girls That Are Changing the World – and What We Can Learn From Them

Once young people know the problems and are empowered to act, they have great power to impact the world. ~Jane Goodall It takes a long time to become young. ~Pablo Picasso Sometimes a problem needs fresh eyes, you know? And who better to give fresh eyes to a problem … than a teenager. Our world … Continue reading 5 Girls That Are Changing the World – and What We Can Learn From Them