Author Archives: Fred Zilian

Two Women of Creation Stories: Eve and Skywoman

(Note: This is the tenth and final essay in my series on “Notable Women.”) Two women, Eve and Skywoman, play central but different roles in two creation stories, the former in the Judeo-Christian and the latter in many of the … Continue reading

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Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul

(Note: This is the ninth essay in a series on “Notable Women.” It was originally published as “The amazing career of the Queen of Soul” in the Newport Daily News on March 21, 2022.) Fifty-five years ago Aretha Franklin’s recording, … Continue reading

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Race, Racism, and Me, Part III

 (Note: This is the third essay in a series on “Race and Racism in America.” It was originally published by the Newport Daily News on March 2, 2022.) In my 23-year teaching career at Portsmouth Abbey School, coming after my … Continue reading

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Race, Racism, and Me, Part II

(Note: This is the second essay in a series on “Race and Racism in America.” It was published by the Newport Daily News on February 21, 2022.) While I grew up hearing the normal racial and nationality slurs common among … Continue reading

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Race, Racism and Me

(Note: This is the first in a series of essays on “Race and Racism in America.” It was originally published in modified form by the Newport Daily News on February 1, 2022.) Race and racism comprise one of the great … Continue reading

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With Low Fertility Rate, America Needs Future Migrants

(Note: This essay, abridged, was published at thehill.com on February 25, 2019; however, I failed to post it here.) The Republicans and Democrats have reached a compromise on the border issue. President Trump, not happy with the mere $1.38 billion … Continue reading

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Mother Teresa, the Saint of Calcutta

(Note: This is the eighth essay in a series on “Notable Women.” This essay was originally published in the Newport Daily News on January 15, 2022.) In an American culture increasingly driven by “The Self”, Mother Teresa’s unrelenting selflessness offers … Continue reading

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Soviet Union Ended but Russia Endures as Great Power

(Note: This essay was originally published by the Newport Daily News on December 30, 2021.) Thirty years ago the flag of the Soviet Union was taken down from the Kremlin for the last time. The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics … Continue reading

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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Gives Honor to Our Unidentified Fallen

(Note: This essay was originally published as “Origins of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,” in the Newport Daily News on November 13, 2021.) This November 11 is the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown … Continue reading

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It Is Baseball Playoff Time

(Note: This essay was originally published in the Newport Daily News on October 30, 2021, as “America’s Game has provided thrills for decades.”) Now is the time of year for Major League Baseball’s playoffs and World Series. Looking back over … Continue reading

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