Before I leave the subject, until next time, a further thought about the boys and young men who offer to wash car windshields at a few busy Baltimore intersections -- the squeegee workers. This issue is so fraught with race, politics and class dynamics, it’s hard to have a civil discussion about it. On Sunday, after … Continue reading Why some people resent the 'squeegee boys' of Baltimore
“Every war is ironic because every war is worse than expected. Every war constitutes an irony of situation because its means are so melodramatically disproportionate to its presumed ends.” -- Paul Fussell
A new film, “Just Mercy,” tells the story of the extraordinary efforts of a young attorney, Bryan Stevenson, to save the life of an innocent man, Walter McMillian, who had been placed on Alabama’s Death Row even before his wrongful conviction for murder in 1988. The movie, starring Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan, lands … Continue reading 'Just Mercy' and the work of justice crusaders
While Trump’s election was a truly tragic development, it was not until his decision to kill Suleimani and provoke retaliation from -- if not war with -- Iran that we could see Trump’s psychological condition fully deployed and dangerous. The United States has a narcissist for president. The motivation for everything he does is fed … Continue reading The psychological mess of a man in the White House takes us to Code Red
Whenever I wander into pines, either a natural forest or state park or a grove that some landowner planted years ago, I feel a sense of secluded comfort, even with houses and rural roads nearby. Pines grow close and they grow tall, and if you walk among them, or through them, they will protect you … Continue reading The pines at dusk: Joe Meyers' spirit-home
This is a 2007 column I wrote about the felon "call-in" approach to stopping violence, referenced in a more recent piece for The Sun. I attended my first felon "call-in" the other night, and came away thinking: Why haven't we been doing this, once a month in every Baltimore police district, for the last 20 years? … Continue reading From the archives: A violence intervention program that worked in Baltimore
A narrative memoir about fly fishing, fatherhood and finding your last best place on Earth. Published by Apprentice House Books at Loyola University Maryland. Available now in softcover and hardcover. Publication date: May 2019. Foreword by Lefty Kreh. . . . . . "Where would you want to be if you knew the world would … Continue reading Father's Day Creek: A book for outdoors lovers, anglers, and anyone who had a father.