We usually think of violence as something that is abrupt and explosive - a bomb going off, a bullet finding its mark. But there is another kind of violence that is increasing worldwide.
I was 16 years old when I first heard Pete Seeger at a concert in Detroit.
With the constant attacks on reproductive rights, it is easy to feel your blood boil every time another right-wing, anti-choice message comes your way.
What Sherman said wasn't gracious to his defeated opponent, but it was by no means out of bounds, nothing that would warrant the controversy that followed.
The world is mourning the death of Pete Seeger, the lanky folksinger with a banjo, who proved in his 94 years the awesome power of song as a force for revolutionary change.
After decades of struggle, Camp died Dec. 27, 2013 on tribal land in White Eagle, Okla. He was 72.
"I was doing my usual daily routine, putting the letters into their slots so they would be in order for delivery that day; then I hear it: Pop Pop Pop!"
My impression of such treatment centers was quite negative. Then I was a patient in one.
One year ago we all were stunned by the horrific event at a little elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
Mandela was greeted by a standing ovation. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus erupted in cheers to welcome this great freedom fighter.