Tag Archives: Fred Zilian

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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A Reflection on Marriage and the Family

(Note: An abridged version of this essay was published by the Newport Daily News on June 13, 2020.) Fifty years ago this weekend, my wife, Geri, and I were married on a sun-drenched day at the Catholic church at West … Continue reading

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Technology’s Incompetence with Tragedy

(This essay was originally published by the Newport Daily News on May 25, 2019.) Technology is transforming our world at an alarming rate. However, as it transforms and offers such promise, we must be very cautious about it affecting the … Continue reading

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Thomas Zilian–Obituary & Eulogy

(Contributions for his children: Checks should be made to the Alex and Sonie Zilian Fund and sent to BankNewport, 2628 East Main Rd, Portsmouth, RI, 02871.) Thomas Zilian, 46, of Portsmouth, RI, died unexpectedly at his home on April 2, … Continue reading

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Can I Really Be 70!?

(This essay was originally published by The Newport Daily News on October 11, 2018.) Dear Readers, I am stunned to look at my calendar and realize I shall this month reach the distinguished age of 70. Tell me how this … Continue reading

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The Commanding Heights of America’s Ethical Code

Note: This essay was originally published on January 24, 2018, at thehill.com. (http://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/370563-the-commanding-heights-of-americas-ethical-code) Almost 100 years ago Vladimir Lenin sought to placate his Bolshevik supporters who were upset that some capitalistic elements were being allowed into the fledgling Soviet command … Continue reading

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Film Casablanca Still Speaks to Us Today

(This essay was originally published by the Newport Daily News on January 23, 2018.) Seventy-five years ago today, the film Casablanca, one of the most popular movies of all time, was released nationally after premiering in New York City on … Continue reading

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Plato, Trump and the Wall

(This essay was originally published as “We’re losing track of what is real and fake in Trump’s America” by thehill.com on January 15, 2018.) President Trump and the Democrats are negotiating over the fate of the dreamers and of the … Continue reading

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Anne Hutchinson, Part II: Founding Mother of Religious Tolerance

(Note: This is Part II of a three part essay on Anne Hutchinson. It was originally published as “Hutchinson followed her ideals on diversity” in the Newport Daily News on December 28, 2017.) Three hundred eighty years ago, the Great … Continue reading

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