Tom’s Blog

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Talking Immigration Policy with My Granddaughter

Driving across town to take my 9-year old granddaughter to her piano lesson, we listened to a story on NPR about children being taken from their parents by American officials at the Mexican/U.S. border. Two young boys were taken from their mother in March and are...

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The Dodgers: A Metaphor for Life

The Los Angeles Dodgers are having an epic seasonThey won games at such a torrid pace it was possible they would amass the all-time record for most wins in a season. Sports Illustrated put them on the cover on August 22 asking whether this year's team...

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Grace in the Face of Terror

On Friday afternoon, May 26, 2017, on a MAX commuter train in Northeast Portland, Oregon, a man began verbally abusing two women, one of whom was wearing a hijab, with racist, anti-Muslim insults. When other passengers intervened, the man pulled a knife and attacked....

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Collateral Beauty

This film took my breath away. Literally. I found myself short of breath toward the end. I highly recommend Collateral Beauty. Yep, it got a score of 12% on Rotten Tomatoes. It was savaged by critics. It died at the box office. I don't watch movies that receive such a...

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Dear “White” People – I Am Not Your Negro

Dear "White" People, For all of us who consider ourselves "white" - we who have immigrated [or our ancestors did] to the United States from Europe [primarily]. I have a hope and a request that we will watch the film, I Am Not Your Negro. I was recently in Seattle for...

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