| May 31, 2014
On Wednesday, just for a moment, my heart stopped. The same way it stopped when I heard that Toni Cade Bambara had breast cancer and when I heard that Nelson Mandela had passed away. It stopped the same way that my grandmother's heart stopped when she...
| May 31, 2014
More than a dozen readers sent letters this week eulogizing poet and author Maya Angelou, who died Wednesday. It isn't uncommon for readers to share their fondness for a recently passed writer's work, and several readers did just that with Angelou....
| Jun 1, 2014
| 1:27 PM
I cannot recall in what grade I was when the teacher put "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" on the required reading list. But I'll never forget how I felt after finishing it.
In reading Maya Angelou's first memoir, I felt something of a...
| Jun 2, 2014
| 12:18 PM
I was listening to a local radio news program when I heard the anchor say that Dr. Maya Angelou had passed. To make sure the report was accurate, I called a friend, who knows her through a close friendship with Angelou's grandson. She confirmed what I was...
| May 19, 2014
| 10:30 AM
The American Film Institute is awarding honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees to screenwriter Robert Towne and actress Cicely Tyson.
The honors, which recognize their "contributions of distinction to the art of the moving image," will be presented...
| May 22, 2014
| 2:44 PM
The latest Pew Research Center poll shows that 54% of Americans favor legalizing marijuana.
If you are part of that 54%, you must be on cloud nine (high, in other words).
First came states allowing medical marijuana dispensaries.
Then in the November...
| Jan 1, 2014
No, son, Santa isn't real. But this is an important lesson. Trust no one, least of all those who claim to love you. Anyway. Sleep tight! ....Greg Knauss Well Christmas happened again this year, despite our best efforts. But don't......
| Feb 9, 2013
| 12:51 PM
For the Urban League of Broward County, the road to hosting the annual gathering of one of the nation's oldest civil rights organizations will involve raising lots of money, recruiting hundreds of volunteers and strategic planning to welcome thousands....
| Jan 18, 2013
| 5:57 PM
On a sunny South Miami morning, Richard Blanco took the podium at a groundbreaking ceremony for his latest project on Sunset Drive. It was spring 2008, and Blanco had directed the renovation of the busy avenue, urbanizing the stretch that serves as the...
| Jun 10, 2013
| 1:28 PM
Live with vultures, become a vulture; live with crows, become a crow.
Why did the crow cross the road? The giggle answer that rose up was "to get to the other side," of course. As the black bird with the wide stance...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 4:28 PM
It's an age-old question with as many answers as there are muffin-topped men afraid to talk about their feelings wandering the barbecue aisle at Home Depot on Saturday:
What to do for Father's Day?
So here to aid, abet and entertain you is "The...