Truth Will Out: Stop Silencing and Start Talking

When I was 25 years old, I opened a conversation with my parents about the past. Or tried to. I asked my parents some difficult questions. I wanted to hear their own experience of our family history. I wanted to rip off the blood-crusted bandages, so we could all begin to heal. My family had operatedContinue reading “Truth Will Out: Stop Silencing and Start Talking”

Friday Reblog: Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson’s TED Talk I’ll be ending each week with a shout-out to someone who’s got something inspiring up on the web. And this week, I want to raise a glass to Bryan Stevenson and his TED Talk, “We Need to Talk about an Injustice.” His primary focus is on the racial inequities within the U.S. prison system–and the dramaticContinue reading “Friday Reblog: Bryan Stevenson”

Revenge and Justice

It seems I write mostly about revenge. All my characters are exacting some kind of revenge. Or think they are. Yet I feel ambivalent about it. Is revenge justice? It can feel that way. But it’s a retributive justice. A justice that retaliates. And it always seems to cost something. Mattie, in True Grit, losesContinue reading “Revenge and Justice”