The Back Porch

Woman of the Year: A Tribute to Stacy Abrams

By: Sheila C. Johnson This past year, as you likely know, Time magazine picked Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as its Persons of the Year.  I don’t say this from a political perspective whatsoever, but if not for the efforts of one remarkable, dynamic and utterly tireless worker, it’s entirely possible that both President Biden… Continue reading Woman of the Year: A Tribute to Stacy Abrams

The Back Porch

Thoughts on a Warrior

By Sheila Johnson John Lewis was not necessarily a friend, or even a colleague, but he was someone with whom I shared more than a few moments of camaraderie over the years. He and I often traveled, for example, in the same Washington, DC circles, so it was not unusual for our paths to cross… Continue reading Thoughts on a Warrior

Living Room, Theater Room

The Healing Power of Words

By Sheila Johnson Like so many of you, I’m sure, these days I often find myself at a loss.  Sometimes I feel like I want to cry.  Other times I want to just punch something.  It’s almost as though my heart now has a constant toothache that I can neither fix nor shake. And because… Continue reading The Healing Power of Words

Theater Room

The Power of Kindness

Salamander Resort and Spa, Middleburg Film Festival, October 19th 2019 By Sheila Johnson Of all the endeavors I’ve helped bring to life, I’m not so sure the one dearest to my heart isn’t the Middleburg Film Festival, which annually showcases some of the world’s most compelling new films.  Two entries at this year’s recent event,… Continue reading The Power of Kindness

Theater Room

Porgy and Bess: An Opera for Our Times

By Sheila Johnson The Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, New York City When I was first contacted by the Metropolitan Opera Company about serving as chairwoman of its opening night gala for the current revival of Porgy and Bess, I will admit to being both intrigued and more than a trifle ignorant.  Intrigued because, as… Continue reading Porgy and Bess: An Opera for Our Times


My Abraham Lincoln Pie: A Perfect Recipe for Troubled Times

By Sheila Johnson On this, the morning after the horrific (yet by now, sadly, almost predictable) shootings in Dayton and El Paso, I offer up this recipe for a delicious, home-made pie, a big slice of which I can’t help but feel this country has been needing for some time.    (And please note, I’ve… Continue reading My Abraham Lincoln Pie: A Perfect Recipe for Troubled Times