What news, magazines or apps are you reading to stay current

Today, I had planned to post a blog about something really fun for my kids but after dealing with a terrible twos tantrum, colic and then a 5-year old meltdown, I felt the need to write about something more pertinent for parents....more

The denial of citizenship, and the power of paranoia

In this country we live in, we sometimes forget that we are, by and large, a nation of immigrants.  Very few of us can claim "we were here first", and everyone else is a late-coming outsider.The vast majority of U.S. citizens can trace their family lines to another place and time.And yet, we forget this.We want to close borders and build walls and legislate who can and cannot enter.  There is a paranoia that comes from talk about immigration, as though it is now something to be threatened by....more

Minorities Hating Minorities

So you've heard about the case in the news where this Indian student filmed his roommate with another man and threatened to broadcast it live.  The roommate ended up jumping off a bridge.  The kid who filmed him ended up getting like ten years in jail for a hate crime and invasion of privacy....more

Rush Limbaugh Continues to Lose Advertisers

When I heard that “entertainer” Rush Limbaugh was continuing to pay a price for his recent slut comment, my only surprise came when I heard the list of prestige companies that advertised with him in the first place. Limbaugh’s show truly is an illustration of the expression “nothing succeeds like success.” I rarely agree with him, but the man does bring in the numbers and that’s all that counts in some sectors....more

Rip Whitney Houston

What a strange night, I was drinking a glass of Moscato, and playing around Facebook when a cousin posted Whitney Houston Dies at age 48. I had to do a double take, Whitney Houston? She is dead? That had to be a hoax, I thought. Unfortunatley, it was not. She was found dead at a Beverly Hill hotel,cause of death is still unknown, she was 48. So, I read the work up they did on US weekly..how disappointing. Not a good piece of work in my opinion....more

Shocking Video: Marines Urinate on 3 Dead Militants in Afghanistan

Have you seen this video, which appears to show U.S. Marines urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters? I was shocked and ashamed, embarrassed and angry. How do you feel about it? Trigger alert: This video may be shocking and is likely not suitable for children or the workplace. ...more
@isthisthemiddle Thanks Melanie, I'm really glad you showed the compassionate side of these vets ...more

Income Outcome: Income Disparity in the US

A recent study of median net worth conducted by the Washington Post and the University of Michigan shows that the income of members of the US House rose from $280,000 in 1984 to $725,000 in 2009, while the median income of US families over that same time fell from $20,600 in 1984 to $20,500 in 2009. The figures are adjusted for inflation and do not include home equity. (I didn’t know anyone still had home equity. Anyway…) It gets more interesting. As income inequality rises, political campaign funding from rich donors (and I’m not talking Republicans vs....more

Are Fat Kids' Parents Guilty of Child Abuse?

I was a little shocked to learn that a Cleveland, Ohio 3rd grader was removed from his parents' custody because he is obese. Granted, I need to lose weight, and perhaps that influences my opinion -- but it wasn't intuitive to me that having a fat kid is child abuse. By the way, I am using the term fat intentionally. It is all well and good to soften a message with politically correct terms -- but there are some topics that I think deserve the impact that the harsher words bring to the table....more
Portion sizes are much larger now than they ever were back in the day, even actual plates and ...more

Thieves Target Sex Toys

So how's this for a headline, Thieves Target Sex Toys.  That's right. Thieves are ransacking homes in a very small town, looking explicitly for women's underwear and sex toys.Thirteen homes have been broken into so far (and that's not counting all the people too embarrassed to call this in....more

Fascination of Plants Day

I ignore most Press Releases, but the one I received yesterday is too good too miss, especially is it allows me to share the kind of plant picture I can't take myself......more