October 2011

On the death of my mother and the nature of love

mary lloys rice On Tuesday afternoon, October 4, 2011, my sister Faith called from Chattanooga and said, “Mom’s gone.” I heard a rushing sound in my ears and my heart thumped and I said the most profound thing I could think of, which was, “Oh my.” Then I leaned against the wall as Faith told me the details—our 86-year-old Mom was walking down the hall when she just fell down and was gone that fast, likely it was her heart that gave out—and Faith

The Disaster of the American Response to 9/11

Ten years ago, in the wake of the destruction of 9/11, my friend Mark Anderson of Strategic News Service (SNS) asked his subscribers to offer their suggestions for an intelligent response to the challenge of global terrorism.  At the time, Americans were frightened and sad about the tragedy of 9/11, and the US government was moving rapidly toward the only reponse George Bush and many others could imagine: an armed invasion of Afghanistan with the intention of rooting out and obliterating Osama bin Laden and the Taliban.