A New Line in the Sand

If you love someone and that someone often disappoints you, maybe hurts you, lets you down, wrecks your stuff, or gives you a black eye you can't explain to your boss, you are often compelled to draw a new line in the sand.This goes for parents who go cold on you, adult children who are addicted or mentally ill, friends whose extreme needs soak up all your energy, and lovers and husbands who compartmentalize their gentle and gentlemanly behavior in small cubes, an occasional sweetness on the tongue, so potent that you will forget what happened before and what will happen next....more

Study Says Home-Cooked Meals Burden Working Mothers. What Can We Do About It?

If you were a child in the 1970s, you’ll remember the lyrics to the Enjoli perfume commercial: "I can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan." But in reality, it’s hard enough to work to earn a living and put healthy meals on the table, even without the smelling good and looking sexy. ...more
Policy changes: Food Stamp recipients should get extra money specifically for produce.  Their ...more


On September 11, I was supposed to be flying to Rome to officiate a wedding, but in lieu of my father-in-law passing away, plans changed. Everyone told me I shouldn’t risk it because as you know September 11 in our collective memory is the day that it was slammed into us that our lives are incredibly fragile.*  It is the day that we learned visibly that all our plans and dreams can be extinguished in a moment. And even though we build huge edifices, fly like birds, and develop sophisticated weaponry, we are still incredibly vulnerable....more

Poverty, Part Two

American dollar buying power vs Canadian loonie?I’ve had a couple of folks contact me and point out that the original total of $4.31 isn’t that much less than the SNAP challenge....more

Poverty, This Side of the Border

When agreeing to do the SNAP challenge, I mentioned that Canada doesn’t ‘do’ food stamps. I said I would find out the numbers that would be representative of poverty on this side of the border.I received that information yesterday…and I’m here to tell you that there’s no way I would ever deliberately attempt to follow the same numbers here. Nope, nope, nope. The SNAP challenge is actually *easy* in comparison, in my humble opinion.Ok, so here’s what I found out....more

Riots will be a necessary part of society until we change society

Riots are a necessary part of the evolution of society. Unfortunately, we do not live in a universal utopia where people have the basic human rights they deserve simply for existing, and until we get there, the legitimate frustration, sorrow and pain of the marginalized voices will boil over, spilling out into our streets....more

Joan Rivers Was a Glass Ceiling-Breaking Superstar

Joan Rivers has passed away after suffering complications after vocal chord surgery in New York City. She 81 years old, but her death came as a shock to many of us because she was such a superstar. She was still in the public eye, booking and performing both live and televised shows, tweeting and speaking out for what she believed in. ...more
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The Day I Learned the Meaning of Cancer

Sixth Grade.It was around this time of year, early fall – the kind of day where I didn’t break a sweat until at least noon, but by 3pm the hot bus seat still blistered the backs of my chubby thighs. Nana and Tom were still at our home in South Carolina from Florida, presumably for a prolonged visit before the school year really got started. But, I had begun to take notice of the grown-ups speaking in code like they were at a meeting of a top secret elite society....more

DIY Investigative Journalism: How Bloggers Became Watchdogs in the LAUSD iPad Boondoggle

“If you don’t like the news,” an old saying goes, “make your own.”Doubly so when you’re an education news blogger and parent of a school-aged child....more