This will be the second time I am rendered silent by the brilliance of words so thoughtfully, powerfully strung together that my commentary could only diminish them. The first was Sharon Olds' letter refusing First Lady Laura Bush's invitation to participate in the National Book Festival luncheon at the White House.
This time, it's Anne Lamott's piece in the L.A. Times from February 10, 2006, recounting her recent appearance in a Washington, D.C. panel discussion about liberal Christian political strategy, and how the conversation suddenly degenerated (as all too many do these days) into the topic of abortion.
It is a powerful, no-holds-barred piece that says everything I ever wanted to say, but couldn't think fast enough on my feet to get out.
We love you, Annie.