I Am No One's Vending Machine: The Issue With Misogyny and Sex As 'Payment'

I wanted to share this amazing post about the Isla Vista shootings and the killer's manifesto because it's so well written, but one statement really stood out for me: ...more
Yeah it is pathetic for a man to think he's entitled to anything from women just because he did ...more

The 10 Most Powerful Hashtags of All Time

I came back to work after a three-day social media vacation … to be thunderstruck by the #YesAllWomen hashtag, which evolved on May 24 as a discussion of misogyny related to the the shootings in Isla Vista, California. The sheer number of people, telling their stories and their truths about what we face as women in the world, is incredible. ...more
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How to Properly Prepare for a Disaster: Are You Ready?

The United States experiences more than 1,200 tornadoes annually—four times the amount seen in Europe. In the last 100 years, we have had about 130 major earthquakes world-wide per year.  It seems like we are also experiencing more earthquakes and that they are increasing in intensity and destruction.   Earthquakes and tornadoes can cause mass destruction, completely destroy houses and businesses, shut down entire cities, leave many residents homeless, and lead to devastating injuries with vast numbers of lives lost.  Do you know exactly what to do if disaster strikes?...more
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She gets a kick out of helping people

Every time she heard someone saying that she should be doing something else, Caroline Amasis Maher’s determination grew and she trained even harder. She ignored the naysayers and the cultural barriers by not only playing a male-dominated sport but also excelling in it. Recently she became the first Arab-African female to be inducted into the Taekwondo Hall of Fame – the highest and most prestigious award in the sport. This meteoric rise to the top makes her extremely proud. In 2011, Caroline was ranked 11th on the World Taekwondo Federation’s World Athlete Ranking. ...more

What Maya Angelou Knew

It is a gray and misty day, hovering somewhere between lovely and lonely. I am sitting on my train, riding into the city, as to my right the Hudson river looms, placid and colorless, doing its best imitation of a lake. ...more
With that wide smile, she helped us all accept our beauty and our gifts.  She expanded the ...more

An Open Letter to American Girl: Why Are You Retiring Girls of Color?

As many of you may know, my girls and I are huge fans of American Girl dolls. Thing 1 and Thing 2 have several dolls in their collection, as well as books, clothing, furniture, and all kinds of fun accessories. Last week American Girl announced that it will be retiring four of its Historical Dolls: Marie-Grace, Cecile, Ruthie and Ivy. With this announcement I am forced to focus on what has become for me a troubling marketing practice of this doll company" their lack of diversity in their product offerings. ...more
AlexandreaMerrell Lisa Owen I agree that American Girl has a wide variety of Like Me dolls for ...more

Remembering our veterans on Memorial Day

 In the US, we remember the men and women who died while serving in the US Armed Forces.It's called Memorial Day and it is a federal holiday which means no work and for most Americans, an extended vacation....more

Race, Gender and Rage: My Peek Into the Twisted World of Elliot Rodger

At first glance, the UC Santa Barbara murders appear to be another senseless case of gun violence. If anything, news coverage has framed the mass killings of seven college students as a case of a white male who desperately needed psychological intervention, or perhaps as a story of a young man angry at feminism. But there is another factor besides affluence and misogyny that fueled the rage that led Elliot Rodger on his deadly spree Friday night: race. ...more
Metoo  To answer your question metoo, not all minorities face the same kinds of struggles.  Each ...more

#YesAllWomen: Abortion, Rape and Why Shame Can't Keep Us Silent

Thank God I didn't ... Just Drive ..... ...more
henmom I'm honored and humbled by your comment and your interest in sharing my post with your ...more

Why I Don't Think Guns Kill People

Last week, tragedy struck Santa Barbara County as a deranged young man named Elliot Rodger went on a shooting spree, leaving six innocent people dead and 13 others wounded. Again, many are asking why. Again, many are shocked, stunned and left with unanswered questions. ...more
My sole purpose is to just express my personal opinions as someone whose spends a lot of her ...more