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Category Archive for 'Higher Ground'

And his name is George Foster. He’s the kind of Catholic I’ve always admired; he saw something wrong and he didn’t stop until he fixed it: Foster’s brother was a priest; the two heard rumors of abuses and began looking into them. In 2002, Foster wrote an op-ed for the local paper, calling on the […]

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Pope Francis visited a refugee centre on Thursday to wash and kiss the feet of Muslim, Orthodox, Hindu and Catholic refugees in a gesture of welcome at a time when anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiment has spiked following the Brussels and Paris attacks. Francis celebrated the traditional Easter Week foot-washing ceremony at a refugee shelter in […]

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Getting better doesn’t hurt

Kick mothers me. When I was sick, the last time I was really sick with some kind of flu, she put a blanket over me and patted my shoulder. When I am getting snappish about something she will tell me, “Mama’s tired,” and she often offers me food from her plate, though her diet of […]

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I have new neighbors. All I knew about them until a few weeks ago was that they had tiny children, wore hijabs and said hello as we passed one another in the alley. That’s my relationship with most of my neighbors, to be honest, especially in the winter months when we all just want to […]

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This letter to President Obama about the Affordable Care Act made me cry. It’s also why I get so angry whenever those Republicans talk about repealing the ACA. President Obama is visiting Milwaukee today, because the city successfully managed to get health care to poor families in spite of Governor Scott Walker failing to expand […]

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Kleenex moment

Awww.

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Aww

A 106-year-old lady gets to meet Barack and Michelle Obama at the White House. And if anyone doubts the power of having an underrepresented group finally represented in the White House, well, there you go.

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Big news out of the White House just now and a big step forward toward humane treatment of juveniles serving time in federal prisons. President Obama has signed an executive order banning solitary confinement of prisoners under the age of 18. According to the Washington Post, this order will affect approximately 10,000 inmates. Here’s the […]

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Clean drinking water is flowing into Flint, Michigan again thanks to volunteers and celebrities like Cher. Flint’s tap water became contaminated with lead after the city switched from Detroit’s water system to the Flint River as a water source, which caused lead to leach out of pipes last year. The federal government announced a disaster […]

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When I was first cutting my teeth in the newspaper business, my editors sent me out on “house ends,” visits to homes where I would interview families of interest because something very bad of interest had happened to them. It was the late 1960s and many of these house ends were the result of the […]

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