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Christine Flowers

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I have been trying to do my civic duty. I stay more than 6 feet away from most people. I live alone, so my trips to the store are surgical strikes. I have social distanced from vulnerable friends and relatives, mastered the art of Zoom and Facetime, and learned to make my own damn coffee.

By Christine Flowers May 10, 2020
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My brother Jon was an exceptional human being. He had a sense of the world and life that alternated between skepticism, passionate embrace, disappointment, and hope that things would always move toward improvement, toward the light.

By Christine Flowers May 4, 2020
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Americans have a tendency to think we react well in emergencies. There is this sense we rise to the occasion, without whining and with that strength of character vouchsafed us from our immigrant ancestors.

By Christine Flowers April 26, 2020
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The accusations of pedophilia in the Catholic church have never faded from the public eye.

By Christine Flowers February 23, 2020
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When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced that they were “stepping back” from their duties as senior royals, it triggered a number of interesting reactions on this side of the pond.

By Christine Flowers January 20, 2020
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When I hear the word “lynch,” I immediately think of the black experience of torture, persecution and dehumanization that was so prevalent in the first half of the last century in the American south.

By Christine Flowers October 30, 2019
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In the wake of the #MeToo movement, “he said, she said,” is quickly becoming, “she said, he cringed and remained silent.” Another variation is, “she said, he apologized profusely and then resigned.”

By Christine Flowers October 14, 2019
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I never met my great-grandfather, although I’ve seen pictures of him.

By Christine Flowers September 23, 2019
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Last week, I got an email from my friend Chris Casazza, a partner with the immigration firm Solow, Isbell and Palladino in Philadelphia. He reached out to tell me about something that had happened to a former client, and he hoped that I could tell the story.

By Christine Flowers September 1, 2019
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It’s been a week since 31 people were murdered in two mass shootings within 24 hours. Despite numerous differences between the two horrific incidents in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, there was a crucial common denominator: hysterical public reaction.

By Christine Flowers August 12, 2019
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When faced with two women who each claimed to be the mother of the same child, King Solomon announced that he would slice the child in two and give half to each claimant. One woman was pleased. The other wailed in sorrow, and begged the king to give the child to her opponent.

By Christine Flowers July 7, 2019
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As former Vice President Joe Biden has embarked on his latest campaign for the presidency, I’ve been reminded about why I left the Democratic Party three years ago, after having been a member since 1980.

By Christine Flowers June 24, 2019
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Recently, I found myself standing in front of my old house in Philadelphia. From 1966, when I was 4, until 1969, when we moved to Delaware County, I lived in the two-story quasi-Victorian on the 5400 block of North 12th Street.

By Christine Flowers June 17, 2019
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After hundreds of Roman Catholics were killed in an Islamist terror attack last Sunday, Hillary Clinton tweeted out the following:

By Christine Flowers April 29, 2019
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The first time I saw it, I could barely breathe. It was so beautiful against the cerulean sky. Our Lady of Paris.

By Christine Flowers April 22, 2019

When I found out that Kirstjen Nielsen was resigning as Human Services Secretary, I posted this on Facebook: “If the Cruella de Ville of the border isn’t tough enough for Trump, I’m thinking we won’t be getting another DHS secretary, for lack of qualified applicants.

By Christine Flowers April 14, 2019
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About the time that the #MeToo movement really started to get traction in 2017, I compared it to the Salem witch trials.

By Christine Flowers April 8, 2019
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The most troubling thing about the end of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation was the reaction of so many on the left when they learned that Donald Trump was not a Russian asset. They were, to put it mildly, disappointed.

By Christine Flowers April 1, 2019
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Robert Kraft is being charged with soliciting prostitutes. That’s not news, sadly, since a lot of people - including high-profile people - pay for sex.

By Christine Flowers February 25, 2019
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I tried to pay attention to what Judge Brett Kavanaugh was saying during the hearings last week. For anyone as addicted to the Supreme Court as I am, a nomination hearing is more exciting than the return of Halley’s Comet, and only slightly more common.

By Christine Flowers September 10, 2018

Last week, a producer from a Philadelphia television station called to inquire if I would like to come on in and defend the separation of parents and children at the border. I politely replied, “No, thank you.”

By Christine Flowers June 26, 2018

This is the story of two young men: one black, one white, and both of whom wear uniforms.

By Christine Flowers October 4, 2017

Before Colin Kaepernick took a knee and became a movement, he was a pretty good football player.

By Christine Flowers September 20, 2017

Normally, the most notable part of a Supreme Court decision is not the dissent.

By Christine Flowers July 7, 2017

I don’t usually live my days according to a particular theme. No planning goes into them, unless I’m celebrating a birthday or some other exceptional event.

By Christine Flowers January 16, 2017

A Muslim student at NYU says some Trump supporters pulled off her hijab and yelled epithets at her on a bus, then admits it was all a big fat lie. It’s disgusting and unacceptable.

By Christine Flowers December 19, 2016

When, chest puffed out with pride, my father told a law partner his first-born was accepted to Bryn Mawr College, this was the immediate response: “Isn’t that the place where they don’t shave their underarms and dance naked around the Maypole?”

By Christine Flowers November 22, 2016

The Republican National Convention was, despite conservative objections to the contrary, a dark affair.

By Christine Flowers August 1, 2016

A couple of weeks ago, I blamed the mother who let her child fall into the gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo, because she should have been watching the child at all times.

By Christine Flowers June 20, 2016

I woke up, like everyone else, to tragedy Sunday morning.

By Christine Flowers June 14, 2016
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When we talk about marriage today, it’s usually in connection with breakups, wedding excess, or the victory of LGBT advocates.

By Christine Flowers March 12, 2016

I used to smile knowingly, which is another way of saying “smirked,” when someone would tell me they didn’t go to funerals because it was more important to show respect while the person was still alive.

By Christine Flowers February 22, 2016
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