Earlier this month, a three-minute video culled from reporters’ coverage of Donald Trump’s rallies appeared on the home page of the New York Times. The video begins with a warning: “This video includes vulgarities and racial and ethnic slurs.”
In 1968, at the famous feminist protest against the Miss America Contest, two posters were held up next to each other. The first was a photo of a woman’s backside, shown cut up like a piece of meat, labeled “rump,” “round,” “loin,” “rib,” etc.
Before dawn, as my mother was dying, near death, I crunched my way through three feet of newly-fallen snow and stopped in this opening in the woods, and suddenly (like a dove descending from heaven--it truly was that profound), all my tumultuous feelings resolved into a profound understanding: the gift my sisters and I and my father and the caregivers were giving my mother was the gift of a good death.