justice and mercy

Conversations about doing right by people

Valentines that Never Came

Janis Ian’s 1975 song, “At Seventeen,” still runs through my head sometimes   “To those of us who knew the pain Of valentines that never came, And those whose names were never called When choosing sides for basketball. It was long ago and far away; The world was younger than today, And dreams were all …

Lance Armstrong: Monster or Hero?

The courtroom is America.  The defendant is Lance Armstrong.  The question: Is Lance Armstrong a monster or a hero?  Let the discussion begin.   Sitting on one side of the courtroom, we have the “monster” Armstrong apologists. This sizable group unloads reams of evidence with passion.   * He defamed people, calling them—or framing them …

Tears for Newtown

December 14 was going to be just another Friday…until someone called: “Are you following the story on the news? A school in Connecticut.  Is your family o.k.?”  A few minutes later, my wife and I sat in stunned silence, watching a strange, unbelievable kind of story unfold on the television news.  I was at the …

The Unforgettable Junior Seau

I almost cried.  I opened my laptop and toggled over to espn.com to get my quick sports update fix.  And that’s when I saw it.  A picture of Junior Seau below which were two dates and a dash (1969-2012).  Obviously, two dates and a dash is bad news.  I was stunned. Scanning the headline and …