“Those People”

By Ruth Hansen I’ve spent the last few years reading and thinking and writing a lot about how stigma works in society. Those excuses you hear about why it’s sad, but “not my problem” that kids at the border are getting locked up? That’s the result of thinking about “those people” — the parents and... Continue Reading →

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Of the people, by the people, for the people (including those with mental illness or HIV)

By Ruth Hansen Elections are over, it’s cold, and Americans are transitioning federal administrations. Newly elected members of Congress have been sworn in, and soon there will be a Presidential inauguration. There’s no shortage of news — politically, socially — and no shortage of pundits. So I am emboldened to throw my hat and my... Continue Reading →

Ruth: A Wrinkle in Time

For Banned Books Week, we've asked our writers to pick a frequently challenged book and tell us how that book has affected them. Today, Ruth Zielinski Hansen writes about Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. Possibly no book has influenced my personal philosophy as much as Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time and its sequel,... Continue Reading →

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