Robert Koehler is an award-winning, Chicago-based journalist and nationally syndicated writer. Contact him at or visit his website at

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20 December 2023

What’s ordinary about life suddenly becomes sacred. This is my definition of poetry — my deepest plunge into being alive.

It seems more relevant than...

13 December 2023

There are a number of blatant ways for terrorist organizations – by which I mean national governments – to justify committing mass murder.

Once you...

29 November 2023
. Why do I feel the urge
to stroke the crime
as though it were my child,
to cup my hands
around the horror
and prevent it from going...
22 November 2023

Much as I love Thanksgiving — seeing my family . . . oh the turkey, oh the cranberry sauce —I feel like maybe a bomb fragment has hit the “thanks” part....

15 November 2023

Is the rough beast slouching toward Bethlehem?

“. . . I came to understand the role some in the U.S. government have played to intentionally catalyze...