Robotham articles

Paris, je t’aime

Paris, je t’aime

Words & Photos by Tom Robotham How is anyone ever gonna come up with a book, or a painting, or a symphony, or a sculpture that can compete with a great city? You can’t. Because you look around and every street, every boulevard, is its own special art form. ~ Woody Allen, ‘Midnight in Paris.’

The Music of Democracy

By Tom Robotham   It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… ~ Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities.   The day after the Women’s March on Washington, a man I know was asked by a mutual friend why he’d gone. “For my daughter,” he said. Fair enough. I went

Cultivating Empathy

By Tom Robotham   Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant? ~ Henry David Thoreau   Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about empathy. We tend to regard it as a quality that some people have and others don’t. But it seems to me

Life Out of Balance

By Tom Robotham One night a few weeks ago, while I was scrolling through Facebook, a meme on a friend’s page caught my eye. At the top, printed over a photograph of a forest, were the words, “This is an antidepressant.” At the bottom, over a photo of some pharmaceuticals, were the words, “This is

Let Freedom Ring

By Tom Robotham   On September 3, The New York Times published an article about renewed efforts in China to instill patriotism into the hearts and minds of its school children. “Sparkling red stars and bloody tales of military sacrifice accompanied 200 million Chinese children into the new school year this week,” the article stated,

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