Blog - Slavery

The Better Angels of Our Nature

Posted by Roberta Grimes • August 03, 2019 • 33 Comments

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union,... Read More

He Who Is Without Sin…

Posted by Roberta Grimes • July 20, 2019 • 28 Comments

I believe that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will be judged in the long course of history to have been the greatest American of the twentieth century. Of course, there were other Americans during the last century who did remarkable things! But in the fifty-one years since Dr. King’s death his stature has risen, and... Read More

Faith vs. Facts

Posted by Roberta Grimes • September 29, 2018 • 61 Comments

It may not at first be obvious to you that the reason why righteous indignation is such a deadly plague in America now is the insidious influence of faith-based thinking. Theories abound that the decline of Christianity may be behind the increase in political extremism in America, but they vary as to why. It is... Read More

This is Personal

Posted by Roberta Grimes • July 05, 2017 • 14 Comments

           There is a theory that if you pick up a calf at its birth and then every day thereafter, eventually you can pick up a bull. It’s a nice idea, but I can personally testify that it is not true. I cannot believe that I haven’t found time to write a new blog post... Read More

The Fun of Living Together

Posted by Roberta Grimes • March 20, 2017 • 8 Comments

The point of figuring out what happens after death is that you finally learn how to live. You start thinking on an eternal scale! Far from losing interest in the things of this world, you care so much more about all of humanity; and when you are thinking spiritually, you can see the world’s problems... Read More

Slavery and Abortion

Posted by Roberta Grimes • August 08, 2016 • 47 Comments

I must apologize. I have been cowardly about saying this for far too long. Friends have insisted to me that I can’t talk about abortion because I will lose the respect of the very people I want most to help; but this post is just like all the other posts here. There are truths being... Read More

Slavery, Abortion, and Cecil

Posted by Roberta Grimes • August 13, 2015 • 25 Comments

Long before I knew that my primary spirit guide had once been Thomas Jefferson, I loved the man. My 1993 Doubleday novel, My Thomas, was written from the adoring viewpoint of his wife. And before I could write so tenderly about someone who had been a slaveholder, I had to do research and satisfy myself... Read More

Jefferson, Asperger’s, and Race

Posted by Roberta Grimes • July 15, 2014 • 0 Comment

My husband of forty-two years is a high-functioning Asperger’s person. Asperger’s Syndrome is a disorder on the autism spectrum whose sufferers tend to be very bright but often have trouble relating to others. A book published in 2000 called Diagnosing Jefferson makes a compelling case that our third president was another extraordinary man whose blessing... Read More

The Sally Hemings Question

Posted by Roberta Grimes • July 07, 2014 • 0 Comment

It doesn’t matter to me who fathered Sally Hemings’s children. Seeing how devastated Thomas Jefferson was by the death of his wife at thirty-three, at one time I even thought that if he had managed to find a new love later in life, that was fine and none of us had the right to judge... Read More

Thomas Jefferson and Slavery

Posted by Roberta Grimes • January 25, 2014 • 0 Comment

Cultural realities shape our lives in ways that become so ingrained that we often don’t see evils for the evils they are. When you and I look around, we can see lots of things about present-day America that are likely to appall our descendants, from overstuffed prisons and third-trimester abortions to vast disparities in wealth... Read More