Vacationing to support Hillary: ‘camp-ation’

It’s not exactly a bull market for older white males, which many people would say is just fine. Some, now retired, pine for work. Some…

A tale of two cities: revisited

Recently, Knute Berger noted that the Ship Canal is a “pretty stark divide here in Seattle.” Then he asked a crowd at Crosscut’s Courage Awards…

Seattle-born director’s play takes Tennessee Williams play to new level

I’ve been to lots of productions in Seattle that got what felt to me like an obligatory standing ovation, bravos for whatever cause a show…

Faith and gay rights: An easing of the culture wars?

With the U. S. Supreme Court ruling that the Constitution’s 14th Amendment guarantees of due process and equal protection mean that states cannot ban same-sex…

Should Kshama Sawant apologize to colleague?

We are in a dither here about whether or not City Councilmember Kshama Sawant owes an apology to her new colleague, John Okamoto. Sawant unleashed…

President Obama’s convictions: Finding the falsehoods in our truths

Faith, religious faith, involves an odd combination of humility and confidence. It’s not one or the other, but both. One of my favorite theologians, H.…

The tyranny of safety

In the era of school shootings and terrorism it is understandable that safety has become a priority. But has it also become an obsession? Are…

6 things Seattle schools can learn from the Seahawks

Crosscut has recently been asking both experts and members of the public for ideas about education. One source of great ideas is close at hand…

Seven things to know about the Christmas story

This time of year we are awash in Christmas stories. There’s “A Christmas Carol” at ACT Theatre, “A Christmas Story: The Musical” at the Fifth…

Pets in paradise comment not from Pope Francis

Correction: The quote "Paradise is open to all creatures" was mistakenly attributed to Pope Francis. It was in fact spoken by his predecessor, Pope Paul…

Holidays: A season for grown-ups

Perhaps you’ve noticed, these days we tend to think of Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza and New Year’s as one thing, one season (or perhaps one…

Death with dignity can be a natural process

“We don’t call it that anymore,” said the social worker from the hospice agency. She had been talking in a vague and confusing way about…

Seven tips for embracing retirement

I was visiting with a friend not long ago who confessed to a fear of retirement. “I’m just not sure what I’ll do," he told…

Columbia City crash reveals dangers of density

Columbia City has been one of the great success stories of urban renaissance in Seattle over the last two decades. Once known for gangs, drugs…

The missing angle in the Hobby Lobby debate

The Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision ignited a storm of debate over the general concept of religious exemption from the law. It has also…
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