Let’s Talk About White Privilege

White privilege. It's a touchy subject. The term is often bantered about among racial equity discussions, but among the people who could be described as having it? Not so much. Recently, there have been quite a few posts from bloggers—white bloggers, to be specific—about this topic. BuzzFeed even published a quiz How Privileged Are You? in which people can test just how they measure up. ...more
I got a 51, and I'm pretty sure I know why it's so low -- and that has more to do with life ...more

Despite My Fear, I'll Be Cheering at the Boston Marathon Finish Line

Editor's Note, 4/16/14: One suspect is in custody after two backpacks left near this year's finish line yesterday were detonated safely. This post was written before those events were reported. The marathon is on Monday. We're having the anniversary of last year’s bombing and subsequent days of confusion and unknowing and “shelter-in-place." The rehashing of all of it has been going on for weeks. I don’t know what TV and local newspapers are doing. I do know that our local NPR station, WBUR, has had nonstop talk of it, at least in the mornings. I know there are art projects and documentaries and Sports Illustrated did a photo shoot at the finish line last Saturday....more

Health Secretary Nominee Sylvia Mathews Burwell: Would a Man's Appearance be Criticized This Way?

So if you haven't heard yet, my friend and Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell was nominated for Secretary of Health and Human Services, replacing Kathleen Sebelius. It's a huge, demanding, pressure-filled responsibility, and Sylvia's experience and skills are a very good fit for the position....more
DonnaFreedman  I just said the same thing the other day about Rush Limbaugh.  The fact that ...more

When World Vision Stands Up -- and Love is Knocked Down

photo by Jennuine Captures I know, I know....more

Let’s Talk About White Privilege

White privilege. It's a touchy subject. The term is often bantered about among racial equity discussions, but among the people who could be described as having it? Not so much. Recently, there have been quite a few posts from bloggers—white bloggers, to be specific—about this topic. BuzzFeed even published a quiz How Privileged Are You? in which people can test just how they measure up. ...more
I got a 51, and I'm pretty sure I know why it's so low -- and that has more to do with life ...more

It's National Blah Blah Blah Day

Today is National Blah, Blah, Blah Day. It’s also:...more
Denise We do what we must. LOLmore

Despite My Fear, I'll Be Cheering at the Boston Marathon Finish Line

Editor's Note, 4/16/14: One suspect is in custody after two backpacks left near this year's finish line yesterday were detonated safely. This post was written before those events were reported. The marathon is on Monday. We're having the anniversary of last year’s bombing and subsequent days of confusion and unknowing and “shelter-in-place." The rehashing of all of it has been going on for weeks. I don’t know what TV and local newspapers are doing. I do know that our local NPR station, WBUR, has had nonstop talk of it, at least in the mornings. I know there are art projects and documentaries and Sports Illustrated did a photo shoot at the finish line last Saturday....more

Dare to Be Great

"I'm looking for a dare to be great situation." ~ Lloyd Dobler (Say Anything)...more

Health Secretary Nominee Sylvia Mathews Burwell: Would a Man's Appearance be Criticized This Way?

So if you haven't heard yet, my friend and Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell was nominated for Secretary of Health and Human Services, replacing Kathleen Sebelius. It's a huge, demanding, pressure-filled responsibility, and Sylvia's experience and skills are a very good fit for the position....more
DonnaFreedman  I just said the same thing the other day about Rush Limbaugh.  The fact that ...more

RIP Karyn Washington, Founder of For Brown Girls and #DarkSkinRedLip

Karyn Washington, the inspirational founder of the blog For Brown Girls, committed suicide on April 8, according to Madame Noire. She was only 22. Stunned. #KarynWashington...more
It is such a sad loss. Even sadder when we all feel connect even through the internet. Yet you ...more

I Was Once a 90-Pound College Student, Too

Is 90 pounds an unhealthy weight for a college student? Yale University seemed to think so, when medical staff put third-year student Frances Chan on watch, telling her to gain weight or risk being suspended. ...more
Lovely piece that all women can relate to. Thanks!more

We Have a History of Cruelty

I was watching a PBS special on The Abolitionists  on the same day that the school stabbing in Pennsylvania occured, and I saw a connection. In the 1800's abuse, rape, and murder was condoned, as long as the victim was black, and preferably a slave, although many white people were just fine with torturing and killing freemen, too.  Also, wives were fair game for rape and abuse.  Children didn't fair much better. In the 1900's it was still totally OK to brutalize people as long as they were, again, minorities, women, and children.  ...more