Your Past Doesn’t Define You

Your Past Doesn’t Define You

How To Honor Soldiers Who Died For No Reason?

We can’t keep pretending that most of our wars have been noble or worthwhile, so where does that put us on Memorial Day?

In Search of Abe in Dupont Circle

L. Lamar Wilson recounts a heady encounter between two young people who may or may not be acting as a queer mirror of Abraham Lincoln’s younger years.

3 Feelings We Need to Embrace More if We Want to Change the World

Patrick Sallee looks at where we need to improve ourselves if we want to make a difference.

Reflecting on Thanksgiving in a Time of Crisis

Rabbi Adina Lewittes urges us to be hopeful and fiercely optimistic during a Thanksgiving season when the world seems upside down.

This Labor Day Let’s Actually Celebrate Labor

Three day weekends are fun, but Labor Day is also about labor.

Why Presidents Fail

Presidents sometimes fail because of their own mistakes, but often times they appear to fail because of our unrealistic expectations.

American Men Can’t Win the “War on Poverty”

Adam Dyer wonders if shifting from a model of independence to interdependence would be better than relying on “war, conquering and oppression” for battles we just can’t win.

28 Black People You Probably Don’t Know About (But You Should)— Anderson Ruffin Abbott

Canada’s first black doctor was also a surgeon during the U.S. Civil War. He was present at Abraham Lincoln’s death bed.

100 words on Heroes 12/22: A Call For Submissions

Call for Op-Ed submissions: 100 words on heroes/heroism.

On Race: Madiba Got It Right – Why Can’t We?

Tim Hart knows his generation has left the young people of America with a big mess in the battle to end racism. But he’s willing to join the fight if you are.

Statue of Frederick Douglas Unveiled in D.C.

Frederick Douglas joined fellow black Americans in Emancipation Hall when a 7-foot bronze statue was unveiled earlier this week.

NRA, Slavery, Cigarettes, Guns, Lincoln, Mad Men, Cloud Atlas & the Evil of the Assault Weapon Industry

In this incarnation of the strong against the weak, it’s a maniac with an assault rifle versus school children.


This weekend, we have an excerpt from Robert Kloss’s striking new novel, THE ALLIGATORS OF ABRAHAM, a Civil War epic unlike any other.

Abraham Lincoln was a Good Man

A few inspiring quotes from a good man in history.

Shootings, Manhood and Tragedy

Tom Matlack wonders what would make a teenage boy go into a school cafeteria and blow away three innocent kids he barely knew.