Saying Good Bye to Maya Angelou

I want to pay tribute to my friend, Maya Angelou. She passed away today, and I want to say a few things about her....more
How lovely is this, thanks for the read. debra p.more

I Met Hillary Clinton at Her 'Hard Choices' Book Signing

Ok, so it was for only a brief moment as I walked through the book signing line, but it was a very exciting moment! ...more
Rena, I have not yet read the book.  I will be reading it as soon as I finish my current novel. ...more

Jose Antonio Vargas' 'Documented' Premieres on CNN Sunday

Last winter, I had the opportunity to watch Jose Antonio Vargas’ film “Documented” in Mountain View, California. In the audience that evening were Vargas’ grandparents, his high school teachers, and other friends and relatives. Over the past three years, I’ve gotten to know Jose, beginning when I interviewed him for BlogHer right after he revealed his undocumented status in theNew York Times. ...more

Pope Francis, “They Think I Said WHAT!”

 I wrote an article for CatholicLane called Front Row With Francis: The Nature of the Church . It was fascinating that Pope Francis opened his teaching by rejecting a narrow view that the Church is “restricted to the clergy or the Vatican ” ....more

Ann Coulter’s Soccer-Immigrant Rant May Be Performance Art, But It’s Still Dangerous

My Facebook timeline was filled with posts about right-wing pundit Ann Coulter’s diatribe against soccer, immigrants, and moral decay. Yup. Soccer —the sport she describes as having “no heroes, no losers, no accountability, and no child's fragile self-esteem is bruised”—is not only the chosen pastime of Europe, Latin America and Africa; it's also a harbinger of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. ...more
Glad I read what you wrote because now that you have said it, I feel less in need of doing so. I ...more

Illegal Immigrants ‘Free Pass’ Humanitarian Crisis Draws Resources Away From Other Issues

News about illegal immigrants entering the United States in record numbers daily continues to be reported, as the numbers are expected to climb.  While reports are focused on record numbers of children entering the country alone, many are accompanied by their parents. ...more

Nina's got a gun...

 This is something I did not want to write about, but I was conned into it by my own thoughts.  So here I am looking controversy in the face and not minding much...It all started when for some unknown reason I had, "Janie's Got a Gun," in my head.  So I'm sitting in the waiting room of the doctor's office humming the tune in my mind and I'm thinking to myself, wow I'm bored!...more

In the struggle (on writing)

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been a writer. Not a fantastic one, but a writer still. Under my bed there’s a lock box filled with old diaries from my childhood and teenage years. I’ve long since stopped caring about the secrets there but part of me still wants to protect the heart of the little girl who wrote them, so I keep them under lock and key.My first works were made-up stories about the squirrels in the trees by my house and biographies of my late hamsters. I’d staple together their pages and call them books....more