I go to a good amount of conferences. I almost never hook up at one. If there was an ERA for this like there is for pitchers in baseball, I would be kicked off the team. Not sure if this is a badge of honor, or a prime example of how I'm just not pretty. I've been to ones in Vegas, Orlando, New York, Denver, Portland....it really doesn't matter the place. ...more
You Might Live In A Sick Society When…
You drive down your neighborhood street, see this billboard and:
A. Get excited to see the film, in spite of it’s obvious predictability;
B. Feel nothing;
C. Decide to spend $12 to see this film instead of eating a decent, healthy meal;
If you saw your neighbor's 14 year old son smoking pot or taking drugs, would you tell his parents? What about if you noticed that the girl next door came home with a boy while her parents thought she was supposed to be in school? And if you noticed that an older man was hitting on your friend's minor daughter, would you say something? Years ago, this would not even require a thought process. You would tell the parents. But today, this situation changes a bit. It's a little more complicated....more
"It was like going to a party you're terrified of, and finding out to your amazement that you're having a good time." That's how Betty Ford, who passed away today at 93, described her life in the White House during one of the most turbulent times in U.S. history. I was only 10 years old when she became First Lady. I didn't fully appreciate, until I was older, how much she influenced my life. She didn't shy away from her struggles, she talked openly about them. ...more
Janine placed the pregnancy test on the counter to be rung up. The woman behind it hardly gave a glance as she took it to ring it up.
“You’re having sex,” she said. It wasn’t a question. The woman motioned dismissively to the condoms on an aisle nearby.
Janine blushed, mortified. “It’s obviously a little late for that, isn’t it?” she stammered.
Maybelle has Down syndrome. She was born in 2008, into a cultural moment that was ready for her in ways it would not have been even a few decades earlier. A few decades later, shortly after Maybelle was born, I was told, “The College of Charleston is starting a college program for people with cognitive disabilities!” It’s a very different world. And yet it’s still a world in which many people have a hard time seeing my daughter as fully human.
Let's say you have a child with disabilities who has cognitive delays, and when people jokingly use the word "retard" to call someone stupid, it bothers you. Let's say that in honor of Spread The Word To End The Word day, you decide to do a little project: For a few days you will message people on Twitter who use the word "retard" and let them know the r-word is derogatory to people with disabilities. You don't actually expect the word to disappear anytime soon or that people will instantly chop it out of their vocabularies. But maybe, just maybe, you can raise a little awareness.
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