The Lemon Tree

The Lemon Tree

A single lemon tree stood as a perfect metaphor for the sometimes terrible struggle to find human empathy and hope. Planted in 1936, the tree straddled two volatile countries, and provided shade and fragrant fruit for two proud families, one Palestinian and one Israeli. I finished Sandy Tolan's exhaustively researched book about the tree, and [...]

Affirmative action, bias, racism and a sister in-law I really admire

I like to think I have a lot in common with my sister in-law Joan Biskupic. She's tall. I'm tall. She is an oldest daughter. I am an oldest daughter. She earned a degree in journalism from Marquette University. I earned a degree in journalism from Marquette University. She received the Dirksen Award for distinguished [...]