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Hair and now

Published: May 24, 2020 | Lisa McGinley

The on-again, off-again reopening of salons and barber shops presents an early example of what could occur as retail businesses, museums, houses of worship, and others get phased in. Will Mom and Pop send Grandma and Grandpa away?

How we learned to say thanks

Published: April 19, 2020 | Lisa McGinley

The experience of the unthanked generation -- Vietnam veterans -- taught Americans that we are in debt to those performing the most dangerous jobs.

Framing the American experience

As it proudly celebrates its 150th birthday this year, the Metropolitan Museum has admitted humility about the lopsided way its collections have told Americans their story.

New times for old churches

There may be a clue here toward understanding the churchy v. unchurched schism that is playing such a key role in American politics.

The maestro of municipal debates

Get a handle on those running for the top local offices by watching the candidates debate on

Protecting rare birds, blue mushrooms and a prehistoric fish

Environment -- humans are part of it and it is part of us. Why wouldn't we protect that, in our own interests?