There is a new social media storm ravaging my Twitter and Facebook feeds called #stopdropselfie where I am forced to see pictures of everyone I know or vaguely know on the internet acting natural in front of a mirror or while reading a book. Usually I ignore these pictures and go about my day as if I didn't just see them, as everyone does, but this time I can't help but get a little sad while scrolling through a sea of selfies. ...more
Amy, Amy, Amy. Boy, do we need to talk.
In general I write these clever little letters to public figures who have behaved poorly (Mama June, etc.) where I have a polite build-up with some funny ‘isms that really get the reader going. It’s kind of my thing, if you will.
Have you been following the hashtag #IllRideWithYou on Twitter? It's the latest example of online solidarity, with all the many recent discussion about how to be an ally to a less privileged group (think: #CrimingWhileWhite and the recent blog post by The Blind Side subject Leigh Anne Tuohy).
I'm not sure what it is about this holiday season, but I am getting scammed like I've never been scammed before.I've had the occasional security breaches at my credit card companies like everyone else, where they send you a letter and a new card due to 'security reason' (ie someone hacked their system or they think they did) and they didn't really bother me that much. But, after getting sent a few new credit cards from one of my credit card companies within just a 6 month period, I started getting annoyed. And so it began....more
I completely understand the heartbreak over recent lives lost due to police in recent events. Every life matters and every death is a tragedy. With that being said, I would like to personally beg anyone in the media or in a role where others look to them for information and news to stop vilifying police. They aren't the bad guys, they are the best humanity has to offer. They run into a burning building to save someone's child while risking their own life. They jump in front of a bullet so an innocent bystander doesn't get hurt....more
The way I see it, we have two options in wake of the national news: to talk to our children about police brutality or not. And if we tell them, which I hope we all do, we can go one step further and put our words into action. ...more
Perhaps you have a person in your life whose holiday wishes lean toward social justice, feminism, or diversity. Sure you could buy them a present at the mall... but why not give a gift that affirms their values and also supports an independent artist or a good cause? I've been searching the Internet for items. Read on to check them out.
First stop, the bookstore.
The media needs to stop calling victims of rape and sexual assault "accusers''. It implies that there is no victim, but rather a shrill, angry, mean accuser who is victimizing the rapist. It is not done with any other crime. If you are robbed, killed, kidnapped or pick pocketed - you are a victim. Why is a rape victim an accuser? Why is the universally accepted legal language changed? In fact, it is the people of a state that accuses the defendant on behalf of the victim....more
As both a breast cancer survivor and a public health researcher, I have a two-pronged interest in new research findings pertaining to breast cancer. Wearing my public health hat, I’m interested in new findings that relate to improved (less toxic, more effective) treatments for breast cancer, and wearing my survivor/patient hat, I’m interested in seeing if my personal experiences (both good and bad) with breast cancer treatment are reflected in the research....more