Eventually, the Trump waters will lap onto your shores

Weirdly, I’m friends with my son’s mother-in-law. I like her. She loves her grandchildren, cares deeply for her family and she’s got a wicked sense of humor. I like that last part, especially. We sit around and pick on one another, cheerfully so. She likes it that I’m a year older than her. I like it …

An interfaith gathering of healing and solidarity

The Islamic Association of Greater Hartford (known more colloquially as the Berlin Mosque) at 2:30 p.m. this Friday. Faith leaders will join to oppose the hate and stereotyping of Muslims, immigrants, Hispanics, African Americans, and the LGBTQ community of the recent bruising election. The community will also collect non-perishable food items for the poor and …

Go, Cards.

(Except I live in New England, and so for a scattered few moments in the baseball season, it’s go, Red Sox.) A few weeks ago, my son hatched a plan where we would take his two youngest (nearly-5-year old twins) to Fenway Park so they could get their first taste of his team, the Red …

On being grateful…

…I am grateful that food is the great leveler. I am grateful for garlic mashed potatoes. I am grateful for pecan pie. I am grateful for adobo. I am grateful for flan. I am grateful for fried turkey. And I am grateful that for all the starts and stops of family life, I have a …

Americans on SNAP don’t eat well

Check out what, according to the Washington Post’s Wonkblog, poor people eat, as opposed to the rest of us. You’ll notice the information comes from  the UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. The study says: …food stamp program participants, though they might be managing to muster as many calories as everyone else, are putting food on …

Sal slept in his home last night

So Sal Pinna, who has been homeless for 20 years, got the key to his first apartment yesterday. I’ll share more later, but if you want to know what the 100-day challenge to end chronic homelessness is all about, this is it. Getting at least 100 Sals into permanent homes with all the services they …

What’s the big deal about a hijab?

A Saudi Arabia athlete is scheduled to participate in the Olympic event of judo on Friday, but she wears a hijab, a head scarf and a traditional form of Muslim dress, and officials say Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani, who was born and raised in the U.S., cannot wear her head scarf during competition. Her …