Can You Afford $350 for a Bottle of Wine?

Yesterday, I was up to my lips in Doing Things. I didn’t even have a chance to squeeze in some blogging time. On the positive side, many of the Things I was Doing got DONE. Not that I intend to make a habit of that sort of behavior, of course.I also wanted to do a post to day because I was inspired. Sometimes bullshit or hypocrisy is so blatant that ranting about it on a blog is the only thing keeping me free of charges of assault and battery. If you think about it, I blog for the good of humanity because I am preserving peace. You’re welcome....more

Colorado Flood Clean-up: I Held a Lifetime in My Hands Today

In my hands today, I held an entire lifetime of memories.Then I threw it away. Pieces of a life built over decades and decades.In my hands today, I held mementos of vacations, trinkets from a career long over, first editions of books printed nearly 100 years ago.Trade journals and huge volumes and certificates that had once been proudly displayed. Gone.In my hands today, I held film reels and photographs and journals filled with handwritten pages....more
You were an amazing presence for those families. Good for you for lending a hand and a heart.  ...more

My Insurance Company Called My Son Fat

I can't stand hearing people discuss healthcare reform in a theoretical way.I don't think you can truly make a case one way or the other unless you have some skin in the game. If you have health insurance through your employer, it's like you're living in your parents' basement -- you might know something is going on and you might have some thoughts on it, but you're insulated from feeling the full impact of the dangerous and expensive mindfuckery involved in getting your own health insurance....more

SNAP - We Must Do Better

 "If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don’t want to do it."   - Stephen Colbert...more
Well written. Unfortunately, there are people who scam the system, and decide to do everything ...more

PoliTalk: Mass Shootings - Is America Desensitized to Violence? by Erinn Rochelle

Ah, yet another rampage shooting has occurred; this time in our nation’s capitol, Washington, DC at a U.S. Navy base known as The Navy Yard. Events like these are starting to be so common in this century, it is almost a banality....more

Guns in Starbucks and Other Fun Facts

porcelain pistol by Yvonne Lee Schultz ...more

Why Women Are More Likely To Be Poor

I spend more time than I'd like talking policy with people who will never in a million years agree with me.  I suppose that's an occupational hazard in my line of work.  Sticking up for a position is no way to avoid conflict, but I've learned to live with disagreement, listen to contrary opinions, say my piece and go  my own way. I believe most of us already have our minds made up, not on the basis of accurate data, or solid research and analysis, but something more personal.  We see our surroundings through a swirl of impressions, observations, our indivi...more
Thank you. I'm 56, I have two years of college in human services and business.  I used to be ...more

Boulder: When the Rain Doesn't Stop

The silence was eerie after four days of pounding rain. I realized that my ears had become accustom to the sound of the raindrops hitting the roof of our house. What began as a strong concern for people of Boulder and the surrounding areas, after three days of nonstop rain, turned into terror within a couple of hours. Clouds parked themselves over our city and let loose a torrential down-pouring of epic proportions. Flood sirens began to scream out and a warning flashed on the television screen to alert us that Boulder was in a state of emergency....more
Thank you for the post!  As a Colorado Native who has moved away, it's hard to visualize all the ...more

If you win a battle of wits with an unarmed person, does it still count as a "win"?

I have many friends. They are sprinkled throughout the political spectrum like a busted bag of Skittles on a kitchen floor. Some of them have even slid under the great refrigerator of apathy. However, my friends all have two thing in common: they are smart and they are well informed. I eschew dipshits just as I do asshats and twatwaffles. It’s how I roll....more

From Colorado Floods to Navy Yard Shooting: How to Talk to Your Kids About Our Nation’s Disasters

It’s been a rough few days. First came the anniversary of 9/11. Then the Jersey boardwalk fire on 9/13. Over the weekend, the Colorado floods raged....more