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A mother's bond will never disappear

Seven years ago, Lucy Flowers died. It's taken a while for me to write those words in exactly that way – "Lucy Flowers died." I've written about it on frequent occasion, but usually turn to euphemis...

 

Offense and controversy are necessary in a free society

The other day, someone reminded me that I had a public Facebook page entitled "Christine Flowers, Columnist and Radio Host." I rarely post there, which is why I'd almost forgotten about it. My old...

 

Georgia voting law is no return to Jim Crow

I am so glad the whole white supremacy and gun nut narrative is over, so we can get back to the one about voter suppression. Those horrific shootings, late last month, diverted our attention away...

 

Don't give in to the pot decriminalization culture

Tom Wolf, lame-duck governor of Pennsylvania, announced on Twitter that he wanted the commonwealth to legalize pot. His comment was hailed as timely, necessary and courageous by many of his lame-duck...

 

The pro-life case for the COVID-19 vaccines

I’m pretty open about my pro-life views. I want abortion criminalized, banned and recognized as an act of inhumanity. I agree with Mother Theresa that “abortion has become the greatest destroyer...

 

Speech standards must be applied the same to all

I was once fired by an employer because they did not like the way that I tweeted. They had no problem with the way that other people at this same enterprise tweeted, they just didn't like my own flavo...

 

It's not humane to make a mockery of death

Death is the one human experience that connects everyone, regardless of color, creed, class or bank account. The inequity comes only in its manner and timing. For Ted Flowers, my father, it came on a...

 

Opinion: Capitol riots weren't about race

Why should we be surprised that at a time when everything is supposed to be about race, from the skin color of certain newspaper editors forced to resign to whether we should capitalize the "B" in...

 

White Americans and the civil rights movement

People might get tired of stories about my father Ted and his summer in Mississippi. They might roll their eyes when I, once again, write about how he faced hostility and the KKK during his time in...

 

A moment of courage showed us a man's soul

It's rare that a simple tweet triggers in me the desire to write a column. On night three of the Republican National Convention last week, I had the great pleasure of watching Madison Cawthorne, a...

 

Cannon Hinnant's murder is not about race

I am no longer surprised at the depths to which some people will sink in these fraught and tortured moments. A friend recently posted something on her Facebook page honoring the life and tragic death...

 

Treat Kamala Harris like a human being

I’ve been all over the place with Kamala Harris. Before Joe Biden picked her as his running mate, I was convinced that of all the possible choices, she was the most palatable. Harris has a lot of...

 

Don't use 'Karen' to objectify women

I’ve been pretty lucky in the name department. With the exception of that brief period when I hated the fact that “Christine” became a symbol for women who couldn’t keep their hair out of...

 

Some do the jobs they are paid to do... without fail

I wrote a column a short while back about teachers who didn’t want to go back to school until they could be guaranteed that everything was safe. The reaction to my suggestion that teachers shouldn...

 

Life during pandemic puts a strain on all of us

My brother Jon was an exceptional human being. He had a sense of the world and life that alternated between skepticism, passionate embrace, disappointment, and hope that things would always move...

 

Now is no time to pat ourselves on the back

Americans have a tendency to think we react well in emergencies. There is this sense we rise to the occasion, without whining and with that strength of character vouchsafed us from our immigrant ances...

 

Charlotte's Web: the awful price of this pandemic

The pandemic has turned our world upside down. We work from home. School is cancelled indefinitely. Weddings, graduations, baptisms and all of the other indicia of the normal trajectory of a human...

 

Don't force your sons to see 'Little Women"

On Christmas day, Greta Gerwig’s updated version of the young adult classic “Little Women” opened in theaters to great acclaim, fantastic reviews and strong box office numbers. And yet, some...

 

Remembering loved ones lost during Suicide Awareness Month

I never met my great-grandfather, although I've seen pictures of him. The one I treasure most is a family photo, similar to those images on an Ancestry.com commercial, where he is sitting with his...

 

Chris Cuomo should chill out. "Fredo" is not a racial slur.

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo was caught in a video screaming expletives when someone made the mistake of calling him "Fredo," referring to the fictional character Fredo Corleone from "The Godfather...

 

About men, women, interruptors and the post-woke age

When a woman keeps talking over a man who refuses to listen and is trying to interrupt her, that is at most an annoyance and a breach of courtesy. If the woman and the man happen to be in a romantic...

 

A visit to my childhood home taught me how to grieve

Recently, I found myself standing in front of my old house in Philadelphia. From 1966, when I was 4, until 1969, when we moved to Delaware County, I lived in the two-story quasi-Victorian on the 5400...

 

Do Democrats hate Trump more than they love America?

The most troubling thing about the end of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation was the reaction of so many on the left when they learned that Donald Trump was not a Russian asset. They...

 

Democrats fail to take stance against anti-semitism

After the massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh last year, it really shouldn't be a struggle to condemn anti-Semitism. In fact, after the Holocaust, there shouldn't be any heavy moral...

 

The hypocrisy of #MeToo and female solidarity

Myth-creation is a distinctive attribute of Americans. One of my favorite movies is The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. John Ford’s classic told the story of a man played by Jimmy Stewart, who was...

 

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