by Tom Calarco

The first time I realized that someday I was going to die I was four years old. I overheard my mother and aunt in the kitchen talking about someone who died, and somehow I understood that it meant this person was gone forever. …

Vermont’s Disowned Underground Railroad

by Tom Calarco

Journeying into Vermont, one might wonder how or why fugitives from slavery came there, considering the formidable Green Mountains, dense forest, frigid winters, and the winding, rollercoaster roads.

But consider this — they were desperate, worried that they might be captured and returned to slavery. The…

I know I killed off Saint Sanderson, but in this installment, he is being reincarnated. And he is going to debate Biden Boring.

They are preening in the town hall seated far apart. While the diminutive Boring does not have an imposing appearance, we must remember this is in a…

by Tom Calarco

In the days of yore, on a world far away, there was a commoner named Sanderson. He lived in a remote green mountain village whose kingdom was ruled by billionaires. Their excessive wealth outshone even the brilliant fortunes of Arab sultans, their castles bedecked with gold, diamonds and many varieties…

by Tom Calarco

Feel the Bernie graphic

The intercom surprised us during high school chemistry lab.

It was about 1:45 p.m. EST. It piped in the radio. This had never been done before. We became silent. President Kennedy had been shot during a motorcade in Dallas, and he had been taken to nearby Parkland Hospital. …

by Tom Calarco

While preparing a class discussing immigration for my Humanities course, I recalled a piece I wrote some years ago about my heritage, reflecting on my inadequate language skills and the ironic choice I made to become a writer. …

By Tom Calarco

You know, one afternoon many years ago I sat down at the counter of the Friendly Ice Cream Shop at the mall in Colonie, New York. It’s amazing how often people used that phrase “you know” back then. There were lots of oh wows and far outs…

By Tom Calarco

I’ve been banging my head against the wall trying to find out where Bernie Sanders has gone. Trying to find out what has happened to his once-in-a-lifetime campaign to bring America back to its mission to be humanity’s great experiment in democracy. …

By Tom Calarco

My heart aches. Not for losing what I had, but for losing what I had hoped to get. Ever since I marched against the war in Vietnam, I have had this hope, this ache in my heart. It was a chance to make the world a better…

Why I Hate the Star-Spangled Banner: How It Perpetuates Our Glorification of War

Do Americans really like to kill people? …

Tom Calarco

One of the nation’s foremost experts on the Underground Railroad, Tom has written eight books about the legendary network — see undergroundrailroadconductor.com

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