Articles

Anne With An ‘E’ Gets It Right

First Published in U.S. Catholic, Dec 2017 Judging by the stories media tell us, boys are the only humans perplexed by puberty. Film and television tales of moving from adolescence to adulthood focus primarily on young men, as though girls did not also lurch awkwardly toward maturity. Think of Boyhood, The Sandlot, Stand By Me,...

Urban Presence

The Visitation Sisters of North Minneapolis model gentleness and humility while living as a spiritual presence in a marginalized urban community. It looks like just another house on just another block in just another American neighborhood. Tidy hostas line the walkway to the front door, pretty wicker chairs are circled on the front porch, and...

Art: Revealing the Us In The Other

It is not a passive thing to sit in the audience. It is also not a safe thing. We file in, avoiding eye contact and clutching tickets. We sort ourselves into aisles that are lettered and numbered in illogical fashion, we search for but can't spell mezzanine, and we politely share the armrests as though...

Remembering Roger Ebert

First Published in U.S. Catholic, August 2017 He was perhaps the most beloved American film critic ever, but that is not what Roger Ebert thought he wanted to be. The way Ebert tells it, he imagined a career as a columnist, something along the lines of being a Mike Royko. Instead, Ebert’s boss at the Chicago...

Women’s Work

A cancelled series reveal the fight for women's pay equality is still underway. Once upon a time, in 1969, women weren't "allowed" to wear slacks at the office. This wasn't for modesty - miniskirts and tight dresses were fine, 9-5. The dress code was to keep gender difference clearly delineated, as in the classic insult...

Who Runs The World?

In CBS drama Madam Secretary, patriarchy matters a little less. Madam Secretary (CBS, in its third season) breaks bold new ground in media portrayals of women leaders: Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord's friends, family, colleagues, and even the President of the United States treat her as if, in fact, she can lead. On television and in film,...

A Murderer’s Dress

Yes, I own one. Yes, I wore it. Yes, I wrote about it. This article was published in Milwaukee Mag, and is available here.

Breakup Joints

Anyone can think of a romantic spot to dine on Valentine's Day, but finding the right restaurant to leave your lover is another story   I’M NOT A GOOD dumper. I have no style. Well, at least not the kind of style you might expect from a woman who has had as many husbands as you...

Power on the Podium

Leonard Bernstein once warned Eiji Oue: “Keep conducting that way and you’ll die of exhaustion” THIS PAST AUGUST, Hiroshima native Eiji Oue guest conducted seven Minnesota Orchestra musicians in Igor Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale. The performance so stunned the audience that one musician was moved to visible tears, a percussionist gushed to performers “You’re all...