Why Are There So Many Stories About Girls and People of Color on Banned Books Lists?

It’s Banned Books Week, which hits especially hard for creators and fans of diverse literature. I learned last year that one of my favorite summer reads, the Young Adult novel Eleanor & Park, had been called “dangerously obscene” by the Parents Action Council in Minneapolis....more
Aww man, how did I forget this was Banned Books Week? When I was in school two years ago, I ran ...more

Should Parents Get Sued for Their Kids' Crimes?

Last weekend, I caught my daughter and a friend in a tree house in someone else's yard when the tree house-owning family was not home. "You're trespassing!" I yelled at my girl. She told me the neighbor's second-grade son had given them permission to be in the tree house when he wasn't home, and her friend had persuaded her it would be okay. I don't approve of her playing the follower when it comes to screwing up. Just because she didn't think of it doesn't mean she didn't do it. My anger launched a longer talk about taking personal responsibility even when a fallback excuse exists. ...more
Nikkistory I agree -- lots of influences, tough questions.more

Actress Daniele Watts Was Handcuffed For… Kissing Her White Boyfriend?

Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts was detained by Los Angles police last week. The crime? ...more
They were treated equally. They didn't respond equally. You are missing the entire point.more

My Open Letter to NFL Commissioner Goodell

     Dear Commissioner Goodell,In your press conference today, you mentioned over and over again the fact that you, and the NFL need help. Specifically that you need expert advice on the organization's conduct policy.As a professional in student conduct, but really more so as a human being with basic where-with-all, my advice is simple:...more

Ending Domestic Violence: Talking with Anita Finlay & Jerry Doyle

CBS' anchor James Brown's statement on stopping domestic violenceRay Rice's indefinite suspension fr...more

Why Are There So Many Stories About Girls and People of Color on Banned Books Lists?

It’s Banned Books Week, which hits especially hard for creators and fans of diverse literature. I learned last year that one of my favorite summer reads, the Young Adult novel Eleanor & Park, had been called “dangerously obscene” by the Parents Action Council in Minneapolis....more
Aww man, how did I forget this was Banned Books Week? When I was in school two years ago, I ran ...more

I just have to

Okay, this post was NOT a planned post, instead this is a post of passion, so forgive me for my hastiness and possible adult language.  I'm furious....more

Donating

Over the past couple of years, I have taught you various means and methods for obtaining free shampoo, deodorant, etc.  As we have been talking this week about domestic violence, now is the time to put those skills to good use.Gather up your samples.  If you are like me, you have piles of them.  Sort out any hygienic supplies, anything for children, vitamins, and even makeup samples. ...more

Talk about domestic violence but give Janay Rice dignity of privacy

Watching the video of Ray Rice punching the lights out of his then fiance, Janay Palmer, has been nothing short of horrifying. Reading comments and open letters giving advice to Janay has been almost as disturbing.National outrage at the video footage of former Baltimore Ravens running back, Ray Rice, 27, punching his then fiance out cold and then callously dragging her limp body out of the Revel Casino elevator in Atlantic City (now closed) in which the altercation took place, has led to his indefinite suspension from the NFL....more

THE NEW NORM: HOTTER THAN HADES

The dichotomy between grass and desertification provides an insightful representation of California's record-breaking warmest January through August. ...more

CRAZY PEOPLE.....May Not Be All That Crazy.....

Crazy People seem to be all around......No I am not talking about a psycho out there stalking people......I am talking about those people who seem to come up with ideas that are quite a bit "out of the box...." or perhaps a person pursuing a dream that they have held dearly in their heart.......going against the normal flow of status quo.....Those kinds of crazy people are what I am talking about.....I simply love to watch what they are doing........more

Not Always on the Outside

Domestic abuse is not always visible.  Verbal and emotional abuse does not leave bruises and scars that can be seen.  Those bruises and scars are still there.There is a far greater incidence of verbal and emotional abuse opposed to physical abuse.  The punches make a better news story.  Unless witnessed by others, verbal and/or emotional abuse is often ignored by society.  The opinion seems to be that if a woman was emotionally or mentally stronger, this wouldn't happen to her....more

Why I stayed and why I left: A not so sweet 16

I was 16 and he was the first boy to ever show any real interest in me. I was flattered and excited. Even though we were in the same high school and had a class or two together, we never really talked much until the night of a mutual friend’s sweet sixteen party.The party was held at a local hall that hosted weddings and proms. My mom had taken me shopping for a dress and I found a wonderful red velour dress that made me feel special. We couldn’t believe our luck when we noticed the price tag, $9.99, which was a bargain even in the 70s....more