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As We See It

Whom Shall We Fear?

I’ve been thinking lately about fear. There are books already written – and probably a library’s worth on the way – about the way that fear has been used to influence politics. Fear of immigrants is used for political marketing the way fear of failure is used by Gatorade and…
Kate Kooyman
January 1, 2019
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I’m Sick of Appreciating Teachers

Don’t get me wrong, teachers are my heroes. This week, my son’s kindergarten teacher discovered that he had been unknowingly playing with another child’s vomit on the playground – somehow thinking it was “slushy snow” leftover after the spring melt – and she calmly sent him straight to the bathroom…
Kate Kooyman
October 31, 2018
As We See It

This Is about Race

I sat in a room recently with moms and dads who learned about how they can prepare their families in the event of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid. I learned about the importance of having a plan – collecting documents and birth certificates, authorizing someone to pick children up…
Kate Kooyman
April 30, 2018
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Extreme Hardship?

I had the opportunity to meet with a congressman a week ago. Sitting near me at that meeting was a woman who had taken the morning off work in order to be there. She had carefully prepared to tell her life story in only three minutes, in hopes of convincing…
Kate Kooyman
October 1, 2009
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A Little “Already” in My “Not Yet”

I hosted a last-minute New Years party last January--some close friends, some cocktails, and some board games. No big deal, really, but I think I'll remember that party for a long time. We made a couple of prophesies that night that ended up being fulfilled, which is always exciting--something cool…
Kate Kooyman
January 1, 2009