Thirty-eight years ago this week, the lights went out in New York City. Chaos ensued. But the nature of the disruption was far from simple. This week, PBS's American Experience chronicles and deconstructs that intense 1977 experience.
In many ways, I grew up at the Pentagon. Our family never sat for a formal portrait. We didn't take snapshots at parties or picnics or on vacation. But what we do have is photo albums stuffed with pictures taken at the Pentagon as we protested there year after year after year.
I believe the time has come to reconsider how we wish to leave our country for our children and theirs. As the anniversary of the school shooting in Newton, Connecticut (12/13/13), approaches, I believe that together, we have the ability to spare our children and country.
As I watch the new PBS series, "Makers: The Women Who Make America," which kicked off Feb. 26th, I am reminded of my encounter with one of those makers, Gloria Steinem, in the election battleground state of Ohio last fall.
"Why?" I asked. "Well," he said, "our group would be forever grateful if you could fill us in on the details of what they discuss." Flustered, I replied, "You mean you want me to spy for you?" "Well, in a word", he broke into a smile, "Yes."