Pieces of Racism, Falling Into Place

So many years ago I don't like to admit, I was a Bank Teller. It was so long ago that I did not have a computer at my station, nor a bill counter; I counted the money by hand, and kept track of cash via two carbon pads called Debits and Credits. This was just …

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A Call to Answer Hate with Love

This week the news has been so full of hatred and negativity, from the major networks screaming bad news and fear, the mostly ill-informed political rantings on Facebook and other social media, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz and, saddest of all, the accounts of hate-filled incidents perpetrated against our Muslim neighbors. It all makes my heart sore. …

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Guns, Guns, Guns

Several years ago and completely on a lark, I joined several other members of my church at a gun range in Dallas and we all went through Concealed Handgun License (CHL) training. We dubbed ourselves the Episcoposse and occasionally got together at the range (Tuesday is Ladies night!). I particularly enjoyed shredding Zombie and Osama bin …

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Civil Rights for All Americans : The Job is not Complete

One sunny California day many years ago, I took in the bank deposit for my employer and this happened: our local bank's Merchant Teller was one of the Persian immigrants who came to Southern California after the Iranian Revolution. Farah was well-educated, efficient, beautiful, and always a pleasure to do business with. This day, however, her countenance …

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The Conversation

I am fairly sure that most parents have some sort of conversation with their teenagers when they get their driver's licenses and start driving. Charlotte's dad and I gave advice we felt, from our  personal experience, was good: when you're pulled over don't sass the cop, because that only makes it worse. This is the time it pays …

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