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Debra DeAngelo

He always knew how to make an entrance

Thirty-two years ago Friday I became a mother. This blows my mind on several levels, most prominently: My child is 32 years old! I remember being 32. Wasn’t that, like, a few months ago? Is it just me or is time speeding up? You know you’re midlife-ish when the past suddenly seems a lot closer […]

A hurricane of flames destroyed our other home

Poor little Middletown. It looks like Ground Zero of a nuclear blast. It’s just gone. Nothing left but ash, devastation and grief. I’ve always liked Middletown. It was at the top of my list of “places to move to when Winters gets too fancy.” (Read: Overcrowded, touristy town that’s too precious for its own good, […]

Help is only a text message away

If you’re a teenager and you’re upset or in trouble, what do you do? You pick up your cell phone and text. If you need help, the number is simple: 741741 — the numbers up the left side of they keypad. It’s the number for the Crisis Text Line, available to any teen (or adult, for […]

Memorize, memorize, memorize, and Never Forget … just in case

(Columnist’s note: I wrote this column on Sept. 11, 2011, the 10-year anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. My feelings haven’t changed since I wrote it. I still stare … memorize … manage to exhale. All four of us are still here, just a little older. I must Never Forget my own words. Every moment matters. […]

Trump isn’t really about Trump — it’s about who’s supporting him, and why

Ignore Donald Trump at your own peril. Mika Brzezinski, co-anchor of the “Morning Joe” show, said this from the beginning and everyone laughed. Not long after Trump announced his candidacy amid a media hootenanny, Sam Stein, senior politics editor for the Huffington Post, sat across from Brzezinski and smirked that all news about Trump henceforth […]

August 30, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Unless we can learn to communicate, our biracial marriage is doomed

I must always remember that when I say “A,” some people will hear “B.” Such was the case last week, when I asserted that white Americans yearn to have a conversation about racial tension with black Americans, but the recent explosion of pain, anger and frustration from the Black Lives Matter movement intimidates little old […]

August 23, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Whites want to join the Black Lives Matter conversation, but we’re afraid to

The death of Robin Williams wasn’t August’s only tragic anniversary — a year ago, Michael Brown, was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. From that moment on, racism in the U.S. was propelled into everyone’s awareness via the Black Lives Matter movement. Whoa. Wasn’t racial discrimination kind of over in the 1970s? Since then, […]

August 16, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Honoring Robin Williams with ‘Shades of Blue’

Some tragedies are so shocking, so horrific, that we remember the exact moment we heard the news: John F. Kennedy assassinated. And John Lennon. The Challenger exploding in the blue sky. The Twin Towers crumbling in flames. Maybe we remember exactly what we were doing when these horrors happened because our lives before that moment, […]

August 09, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Cecil the Lion’s slaughter represents the dregs of humanity

Everything we need to know about what’s wrong with humanity can be found in the killing of Cecil the Lion by American dentist Walter Palmer, an avid trophy hunter/poacher who gets his jollies by shooting wild animals, just for the sheer joy of watching them die. Cecil, a 13-year old majestic lion with a distinctive […]

August 02, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Sandra Bland’s rights were violated, and it matters

It would be so very easy to fuel a column about Sandra Bland purely on emotion: What happened to her on July 10 in Waller County, Texas, was outrageous. Her apparent suicide after three days in jail for such a pittance is beyond tragic. But as it pertains to our painfully obvious race issue in […]

Instead of suing, musicians should pay writers for advertising

One of the craziest things I learned while attending a writer’s conference recently is that including song lyrics in a book are absolutely forbidden. Apparently music industry lawyers have exhausted the pool of legitimate offenders who download and share music without paying for it, and also tired of harassing the Girl Scouts of America for […]

July 19, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Victoria’s Secret responds to rash issue with win-win suggestion

Those of you who’ve been following my sad saga of breast rashes triggered by Victoria’s Secret bras will be pleased to know that VS is apparently, finally, listening. One of their reps contacted me recently, requesting a phone conference. Sure. Let’s chat. When the conference started, I was crouched in tiger-by-the-tail mode, but turns out, […]

July 12, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,
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