Julie in Jax
January 18, 2021 There’s nothing bluer than a clear, January sky in Jacksonville, Florida—I imagine it a sapphire background upon which the season’s liturgy is etched. Catholics and Episcopalians (like me) observe the day of Epiphany twelve days after Christmas, on January 6. It’s also known as “Three Kings Day,” as it memorializes the Magi’sContinue reading “An Epiphany that will live in infamy?”
November 16, 2020 No matter whom you voted for, there’s enough anger, frustration, and exhaustion to go around. Voters who cast their ballots against Biden–those who couldn’t digest the left chanting, “Defund the police,” for example–are keeping their eyes on the Crackerjack prize. Talk to many of 45’s voters and they’ll tell you: They’re wellContinue reading “Star-Spangled Healing”
A message about Anorexia Nervosa October 2, 2020 Anne Schindler of First Coast News reports Kimberly Kessler, a Nassau County inmate charged with first degree murder, is in danger of dying of starvation. Corrections personnel are seeking a court order to force-feed her. Her starvation is not the fault of the corrections staff, nor isContinue reading “The Deadliest One”
September 16, 2020 Here’s my response, as published in today’s Florida Times Union, to Rep. Jason Fischer’s race-baiting, fearmongering editorial, to which I will not provide a link. Column: Fischer unfairly linked protesters with rioters In his Sunday guest column, Rep. Jason Fischer’s writes “Pandering to the woke will not protect you”—just the kind ofContinue reading “Real leaders cultivate hope, not fear.”
A reflection on what the autism community and the rest of humanity might have lost on that bright Tuesday morning. September 11, 2020 On that Florida blue-sky morning nineteen years ago, I was researching autism online when my mother-in-law called me with the unthinkable news. Switching websites, I saw the still photos of the smoking,Continue reading “Nineteen years later, we still don’t know.”
August 18, 2020 Most of us are familiar with the Magic Kingdom in Orlando. I’m here to write about the Mickey Mouse regime in Tallahassee. Late in July, the Florida Department of Education sent a letter to Duval County Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene denying the district’s request to suspend active shooter drills during the COVID-19Continue reading “Florida: The Magical Thinking Kingdom”
My “Dear John” Letter to Reaganism August 11, 2020 I almost lost a friend. In these contentious times—when protests, a global pandemic, and an economic depression have us all on edge—the last thing anyone needs is a Twitter blowout. I became guilty of something I charge my children with: over-relying on forms of communication thatContinue reading “From Morning to Mourning in America”
August 7, 2020 After her husband died, Joan Didion wrote a critically acclaimed book about her mourning experience entitled, The Year of Magical Thinking. The title refers to a characteristic practice of grievers: denial. Ms. Didion wrote, among other things, about her inability to give away her husband’s shoes; surely he would need them, sheContinue reading “Florida’s Year of Magical Thinking”
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 It seems important to write this down—this barely noticed, largely unquestioned power grab that occurred in our city Sunday evening. As local activist and state house candidate Ben Marcus says: “Totalitarianism rarely shows up overnight. It’s a slow drip that eventually drills a hole through basic human rights like speech andContinue reading “Slip Slidin’ Away”
May 18, 2020 I wish my father were still alive. I’d like to talk to him about Ahmaud Arbery’s killing. Dad was a homicide detective who taught me the value of due process of law. He also carried a concealed weapon every time he left the house. He’s not here to see the ugly intersectionContinue reading “Justice Cedes its Ground”
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