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A Small Act of Grace: A Story We Can Tell

November 5, 2016


Our family no longer has a traditional territory, sacred places or the daily routines of life to prompt our collective story-telling, but we have those letters.

My Betrayal: A Short History of My Search History In My Search for My Family’s History

August 7, 2016


My foolish acceptance of Morton’s imperfect history, however, is not even the most troubling aspect of this short history of my search for my family’s history.

Me, My Mother, and You: Colonialism’s Bastards

April 24, 2016


It is only the Western colonial obsession with the “racial” purity of blood that cuts off my ties -- our ties -- to a shared history we should all call our own.

A Short History of Social Media: Hope, Defeat, and the Faint Hope of Renewal.

January 11, 2016


With the benefit of hindsight, I now see that the early promise of social media was somewhat ephemeral.

To The Historians Go the Spoils of Your War: Who is Writing Your History?

February 13, 2012


It is well understood that the victors write the history. It is overlooked, I think, that, in fact, it is the victors’ historians who write the history. For historians, ideas, culture, and writing are pretty damn important. It should, therefore, come as no surprise that ideas, culture, and writing figure so prominently in our histories, […]

A Fine Afternoon, Caught Between History and the Ever Present Future.

January 1, 2012


It was an unusually warm afternoon in late October. My friend had disappeared, following her daughter, who had wandered off, cheerfully exploring. Someone was flying a kite and, as I lay on my back in the grass, I decided that it was very generous of him or her to provide such a wonderful sparkling charm […]

From Bunny to Duck and Back Again: My History, Your History, Our History.

September 29, 2011


Lately, I’ve been thinking about biography. We are all of us biographers both of ourselves and of others, formally and informally, and we employ a variety of means and media to write the stories of our life and lives. I’ve also been thinking about the power of perspective. By a simple switch of focus — […]