Robert Koehler is an award-winning, Chicago-based journalist and nationally syndicated writer. Contact him at or visit his website at

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29 November 2023
. Why do I feel the urge
to stroke the crime
as though it were my child,
to cup my hands
around the horror
and prevent it from going...
22 November 2023

Much as I love Thanksgiving — seeing my family . . . oh the turkey, oh the cranberry sauce —I feel like maybe a bomb fragment has hit the “thanks” part....

15 November 2023

Is the rough beast slouching toward Bethlehem?

“. . . I came to understand the role some in the U.S. government have played to intentionally catalyze...

08 November 2023

Sitting safely at my desk, looking at photos of bombed buildings and knowing that missing children are buried under the rubble, imagining (unavoidably) what...

01 November 2023

We — by which I mean most of humanity — are still playing with the so-called “just war theory,” the intellectual justification for war dating back to St....

25 October 2023
Here’s some advice you probably never got about parenting: Write...