‘There’s A Grief That Can’t Be Spoken …’

I searched for him for years and then, almost by accident, I found the story right there at home, in the Santa Fe New Mexican. Even odder, one of the stories, a front page story, was dated 1990, and I was LIVING in Santa Fe in 1990, and read the paper just about every day. How did I miss it? Continue reading

President Obama Comforts Newtown

Only days after the shooting that killed more than two dozen of its residents–mostly children–President Obama visited Newtown, Conn., Sunday to address a prayer vigil. Just as he did from the White House on Friday hours after the crime, Obama offered not only comfort and condolences, but urged further action to prevent further mass shootings. “Since I’ve been President, this is the fourth time we have come together to comfort a grieving community torn apart by a mass shooting. The fourth time we’ve hugged survivors. The fourth time we’ve consoled the families of victims. And in between, there have been an endless series of deadly shootings across the country, almost daily reports of victims, many of them children, in small … Continue reading

The Boss, Trayvon, America Is Still Waiting for Answers

The controversy over Trayvon Martin’s death continues as his father Tracy Martin, described “the police version of events in a meeting Wednesday with Washington Post reporters and editors,” and he told them “he did not believe the official account, which was conveyed to him two days after his 17-year-old son was killed Feb. 26.” From his new Wrecking Ball tour, Bruce Springsteen is performing an updated version of “American Skin (41 Shots)”. “This is for Trayvon,” Springsteen said last night in Philly… Via David Remnick on The New Yorker… Suddenly, the mood went sombre and Springsteen said, “This is for Trayvon.” I first heard “American Skin (41 Shots),” at Madison Square Garden a dozen years ago, but now the lament, as … Continue reading