Father’s Day is Juneteenth

Delayed news of freedom then and now

Eunice Marie Diehl is my birth name. That’s a whole other story.

For fourteen years I lived a privileged, if lonely, life as an only child attending private Catholic schools. My father found success as a commercial artist in the days when artists drew and painted advertising illustrations, the days before photography gained…



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Aikya Param

Rev. Aikya Param is a Staff Minister at Agape Bay Area in Piedmont, California, a visual artist, and writer.