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"Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith" book cover with photo of author Barbara Falconer Newhall

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Book Openers: Barack Obama — How He Got So Smart

If you haven’t yet read President Obama’s memoir, “Dreams from My Father,” don’t miss it. It explains, I think, how Obama got so smart.


The Rhetorician in the White House — Or, How I Learned to Love the Passive Voice

The passive sentence gets a bad rap — it’s weak, it’s vague, it’s passive. But sometimes a neatly turned passive sentence is just what our ever-shrinking world needs. Obama’s Cairo speech is an example.


In the Garden With the Grammar Geek: Is It Ever OK to Use the Passive Voice?

Passive sentences can be wordy and vague — or useful. For me, a passive sentence is one that — for better or worse — obscures the doer of the action.


Why Pray? — Some Thoughts from Karen Armstrong

Why pray? Karen Armstrong, one of my favorite authors, has some answers for the skeptical.


The Writing Room: Writer’s Block and the Toxic Reader

Writer’s block? Not my problem. At least, that’s what I thought until I read Jane Anne Staw’s book, Unstuck: A Supportive and Practical Guide to Working Through Writer’s Block.


A Mother Who Prevailed at Auschwitz

Stones left on the wall of the Dohany Street Synagogue, Budapest, in memory of Jews lost in the Shoah. Photo by Barbara Newhall

When Ernie Hollander’s family arrived at Auschwitz in 1944, his mother was ordered to the right, his sisters to the left. Read more.