19 01, 2024

All Betts off when poet-activist has nothing worthwhile to say

By |2024-01-19T20:06:14+00:00January 19th, 2024|Commentary, Politics|

I was eager Thursday night to meet Reginald Dwayne Betts, a felon, a poet and a Yale Law School graduate. His bio did more than suggest Betts had a fascinating story to tell about prison to prosperity. I don’t hear such tales often enough. Unlike some of those I’ve heard, Betts wasn’t a victim of wrongful conviction. When he was

17 10, 2023

Daughter, 20, intends to carry on for her aging father

By |2023-10-10T23:36:20+00:00October 17th, 2023|Race, Gender and Class, Travel|

OKEECHOBEE, Florida — Aubee Billie couldn’t miss this occasion. Her father was celebrating another birthday, and she needed to be here for it.“Seventy-nine never looked so good,” she told the 125 or so well-wishers who joined her on this warm Saturday.They all knew what Aubee Billie knew, which was her father, Jim Billie, didn’t have a 50-year plan.At 20, she

13 10, 2023

Playing the ‘Invisible Man’ is an unforgettable experience

By |2024-01-19T19:18:48+00:00October 13th, 2023|Travel|

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — I guess the appeal of working and texting is universal, because even here, in this world-class capital overflowing in riches, you see that men and women under 30 are tethered to their iPhones. Perhaps I wouldn’t have been surprised had I gone to Malaysia with more research behind me. Instead, I played the clueless traveler; I

20 09, 2023

20 years of memories go into the dumpster

By |2024-01-19T19:24:45+00:00September 20th, 2023|Commentary, Travel|

It’s difficult to let loose a sidekick that followed you around the world. From Buenos Aires to Bangkok, it had been with me all the while. Like most things, it outlived its usefulness. So I said farewell this morning to my MLB.com duffel bag. The internet company gave each of its writers one. Some never used theirs; I used mine,

13 09, 2023

The sound of ‘Sin City’: Cha-Ching!

By |2024-01-19T19:25:23+00:00September 13th, 2023|Commentary, Politics|

I know how much most of us long to keep things the way they were, but I’ve come to realize that such a belief makes little sense. The world is in constant change, and if I didn’t know that for certain, I do now after spending five days in Las Vegas. For almost two decades, I have traveled to “Sin

9 09, 2023

Kev, I’m a winner like you in the Stupid Game

By |2023-09-09T12:39:16+00:00September 9th, 2023|Commentary, Travel|

TOKYO — I’m amused whenever I hear people who should know better tell stories about a stupid thing they did. Put me among those storytellers. While abroad, I thought about the stupid things I’d done after I read what Kevin Hart, a 44-year-old comedian who ought to know better, did last month in his tango with stupid. Hart bet his

8 09, 2023

Roe v. Wade: Down, but is it out forever?

By |2023-07-29T01:53:26+00:00September 8th, 2023|Commentary, Politics, Race, Gender and Class|

Conservatives have long insisted that less government is better. They often talk about wanting Uncle Sam out of our private lives. They want Americans free to live life on their terms.Unless that American is a woman.Oh yes, conservatives want to control a woman’s womb. They argue that abortion isn’t a freedom; it’s a murder.Well, their belief seems to have won

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