Debra DeAngelo

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 ,

Was the Wave Broadband outage a terrorism dress rehearsal?

There I was, early last Tuesday morning, Twittering away, when suddenly … connection lost. Just then, my husband called to me, “Is your internet working? Nope. Although we rarely have problems with our Wave Broadband service (overall, I give them two thumbs up), I’ve learned from the handful of interruptions to check the television. If […]

July 05, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Creek project may be delayed as long as a year

WINTERS — The beavers will get to stay in Putah Creek a bit longer, thanks to a hold put on a restoration project this week. The Central Valley Flood Protection Board has stepped in after hearing from a Winters resident who is opposed to the next phase of construction on the Putah Creek Nature Park, […]

July 02, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Emotional whiplash and possibly the dawn of healing for all

Emotional whiplash. That’s how the span of the last week or so feels. A week ago, I was in utter shock and dismay at the murder of nine innocent people in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. The savagery of one deranged, vile individual cast a pall over every moment of the […]

June 28, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Creek ‘restoration’ vs. ‘destruction’ — a moot point

“I’ve enjoyed your columns about Putah Creek,” wrote one kind Enterprise reader. “You haven’t written about it lately, so I assume everything turned out OK.” Sadly, I replied to him, no, everything did not turn out OK. The city of Winters and the Solano County Water Agency are not only going full steam ahead, but […]

June 21, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, hope I live to 103  

Well, here it is… the big D-Day B-Day. On Thursday, I turned 56. The same age as my mother when she died suddenly of a brain aneurysm. At this age. My age. Where I’m at today. Holy freaking hell, am I not ready to go. Was my mother ready? I don’t know, because frankly, her life […]

June 14, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Writing conference a necessary and enlightening indulgence     

Last weekend, I did something I’ve never done before: I went to a creative writing conference. It’s true — I’ve been writing for 24 years, and never allowed myself the indulgence of attending a writer’s conference. I could hear my Depression-survivor mother whispering in my ear, “It’s too much money — you don’t really need that,” […]

June 07, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

I can fight like my ancestors on Twitter without getting so bloody

“So, why do you like Twitter so much?” a friend asked me recently, after I’d been both chuckling and concerned over the amount of time I’d spent that morning verbally dicing up some random numbskulls who deeply had it coming. I pondered that for a moment. What does Twitter have goin’ on that Facebook doesn’t? […]

May 31, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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