Why I'm a Selfish Vegan

I have a big problem with sacrifice. It started back when I was young kid attending a fundamentalist church where everyone loved making themselves out to be martyrs. Our youth group focused on instilling the twin values of self-denial and self-sacrifice. Ever a rebel, I found the concept morally bankrupt. If you really believe in something, than how is living according to your principles a "sacrifice"?...more

Murder and People with Developmental Disabilities

On Saturday morning of Labour Day weekend 2014, Frank Stack, 82, left his house in Elmhurst, Illinois and drove to the group home where his son, Francis, 48, lived with five other men with developmental disabilities. Mr. Stack, a regular visitor to the home, told the supervisor on duty he’d have his son back later that day.Next, the father drove to another group home where his daughter, Mary, 57 also developmentally disabled, resided. He told staff there that his wife, Joan, who was very ill, wanted to see her daughter....more

Shopping Conscientiously

Every Sunday I share a bloom – a small idea of how to improve our world.Tend the garden of humanity with me by blogging with your own idea on any Sunday.If you do, feel free to pingback here so we can keep the conversation going.This Week’s Bloom: Shop Conscientiously...more

Brittany Maynard and Death with Dignity

This is a post that seems too difficult to write in the limited time of my lunch break.  But I was reading this morning about the “assisted” suicide of brain cancer victim Brittany Maynard and her story has been on my mind.  At the age of 29, Maynard was suffering from painful seizures as a result of a fatal glioblastoma.  The disease would have ended her life within a few months....more

Give Me Some Space

Where do people learn how to behave in public? Where do the codes of conduct, the moral principles that guide human behavior and interaction, come from? The answer to these questions turns out to be much more complicated than what meets the eye.To some extent, the answer lies in each person’s particular upbringing—clear lessons taught by mom and dad, teachers and school administrators, ministers and rabbis. Don’t take candy from strangers. Be respectful of others. Don’t run in the hallway. Treat others the way you want to be treated....more

'American Blogger' Still Isn't Getting The Outrage. Let Me Break It Down.

There is something truly beautiful in two creatives supporting one another through their art the way the Weigands do. And as Casey Leigh noted in today's post, titled "Response to the American Blogger Controversy" they never imagined that Christopher's uplifting film about the power of building community through blogging would become a target for so much derision. Here's why that's not good enough. ...more
If it's ok for the wife to have a blog circle that's not diverse, then the problem would have to ...more

How to Solve Worldwide Poverty. Seriously.

So, you’re taking a stroll on some rarely used train tracks. The track you’re walking along branches off not too far from where you are. A lone walker is going down one branch while a group of teenagers are congregated on the other. As you reach the fork and are considering which way you want to go, you see a train coming towards you. It’s still a little way off, but you hop off the track all the same. Turning around, you discover that neither the individual or the teenagers have noticed the oncoming train and are still on the tracks....more

Should I Monetize My Blog?

     With a recent and persistent increase in the popularity of my blog, I find myself wondering whether I should "monetize," or add paid advertisements. ...more
@Karen Ballum That's good to know.  Since I've never considered ads before, I am not even ...more

Do Your Research

During the course of teaching last school year I planned and taught a lesson to my students about the importance of recognizing media bias and getting news from a variety of reputable news sources. As anyone who is on any form of social media knows not everyone has learned this lesson because we all have that friend or those several friends who are reposting every single conspiracy theory or scandal that they come across. This annoys me to no end, and often times I want to point out the fallacy in their logic....more