Lessons from Ferguson from a Female Law Enforcement Officer

If you are in law enforcement or considering a career in law enforcement, there are many lessons to take away from the events in Ferguson, Mo. Here one officer shares her takeaways: http://inpublicsafety.com/2015/01/ferguson-a-community-held-prisoner-by-... ...more

I Hope the World Will Join Me in My Resolution for 2015: Do Better

Every year, it seems like the months go faster and faster. I don’t know if that’s just because every year, I’m a little older, or if it’s because time really does move faster. Either way, I’m glad, from a social justice perspective, that 2014 is finished....more
Do better.  I say this a lot because we all fall short at some time or another.  However, as you ...more

How Insidious is Racism in our Society?

Obviously, the United States is nowhere close to being free of racism, but how insidious is it really?  Recently, we have seen the deadly effects that racial bias can have for blacks when law enforcement is involved. These are scary times. Now, a NYT article highlights how insidious racial bias is in American culture. ...more

Is Minimalist Living Too Much For You?

photo Kathy Piper Email: smilefornoreason06@gmail.comWebsite: http://www.smilefornoreason.net/...more

Tylenol Re-Imagines Norman Rockwell Painting with Diverse Families

Norman Rockwell's "Freedom from Want" is a classic painting of an American family sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner. Tylenol has given the painting a new twist, however, by using its setting to profile several families of diverse races, ethnicities, and structures. Image Credit: Tylenol via YouTube...more
I don't agree with your statement that a classic image is completely antiquated today.  A ...more

What Exactly Is a Rape-Free Hour?

December 5th, Mumbai 2014. The city looks the same. The sea from my hotel room at Taj Lands End looked calm. It’s been more than two years, and I was looking forward to meet my besties. Three of us friends were going to meet over drinks at a popular bandra bar. We decided to drive ourselves to the said destination and cap our evening by 9 p.m. I took stock of the city’s situation after the recent numerous assaults, and considered activating the rape safety valve. There were new rules this time that i needed to be aware of....more

2014: The Year of 'Black Girls Are Magic'

"Black girls are magic!" When blogger Cashawn Thompson coined the phrase earlier this year, I don't think she imagined that Black girls (and women) would collectively embody the very essence of magic and spend 2014 breaking down barriers, setting records, and shattering pervasive negative stereotypes. ...more
SpiritEquality thanks for sharing it! more

Lessons Learned from Disney's Into the Woods

Once upon a time, a gentleman named Felix looked over at his beautiful wife in a darkened theater with great suspicion in his eyes. Just as the opening credits began and the first notes were sung, he leaned over and accusedly whispered, "Is this a musical?"The beautiful maiden answered, "Yes", sure that she had told him before they arrived that it was, albeit quietly and .... perhaps under her breath.  The gentleman dramatically sighed, lowered his head and shook it in disbelief and denial at what would be his reality for the next ... 124 minutes....more

AirAsia Flight 850 Is Missing

Cheryl Rick KleinCheryl Rick Klein originally shared this post. Public I lost my father in law in 1998 on Swissair Flight 111 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near Peggy's Cove, Canada. So my prayers and thoughts go out to all the families on this AirAsia Flight. ...more

AAA Answers Questions About "Tipsy Tow"

In response to my post yesterday, I received a tweet from  AAA corporate.  In their statement they thanked me for contacting them. They also provided the following link in order for people to have access to the programs that actually ARE available. The link is  bit.ly/1rp1u7PBut beware and do some homework before relying on these services for your New Year's Eve. Some of them do offer a free tow with the stipulation that only the first 10 miles are free. The rest you must pay for!...more