When a Friend’s Loved One Dies

My father, Mel Lipman, died one year ago today on his own terms. He signed himself into hospice, stopped artificial nutrition, and died peacefully with the aid of pain-killing medication. As a humanist, I appreciate... Read More

Marching toward Gilead

Margaret Atwood wrote in The Handmaid’s Tale that “nothing changes instantaneously: in a gradually heating bathtub, you'd be boiled to death before you knew it.” Two recent stories from the US Department of Justice and... Read More

The Life and Times of Butterfly McQueen

“As my ancestors are free from slavery, I am free from the slavery of religion.” –Butterfly McQueen, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 8, 1989 Butterfly McQueen was born Thelma MacQueen in Tampa, Florida, in January 1911. Her... Read More