The Content Of Her Character 

Viewing the YouTube post below of this poised middle-aged African-American woman calmly delivering a TED Talk  in front of a Norman Rockwell painting of herself, supplied me a Modern day heroine to hold up before my children and a commitment to add 'meet Ruby Bridges in person' to my bucket list. If the painting titled …

Monument By Crater Road

Sitting in our family van, waiting on my husband at the mechanics, in a city with bad memories involving craters, tunnels and noble dead soldiers, I chose to lift my eyes. I saw not mountains but tree tops — city pines determinedly spreading their boughs and asserting their presence over the trash-filled underbrush of roadside …