Santa Doesn't Come to Alaska

Can you feel it?  This time of year there seems to be a little extra magic in the air, people seem to smile more, have longer conversations with people they don’t know, hold doors open and find ways to do more kind things for people.  People they may know or they may not.  Its the holidays!  ...more

Stop Calling Rape Victims 'Accusers'

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
No. As ugly a crime as rape is, in the United States the accused is innocent until proven ...more

The Afternoon Nap - Chapter 3, Chili & Bread

I had no idea what I was going to eat for dinner and I was too tired to care. I had never made the much-needed grocery store visit that had been last on my list of errands today but luckily, there was take-out food.It had been a long first part of the day and I was exhausted. My errands began at the gas station and each leg of the trip around town became more frustrating, probably more from my lack of the “ability to deal” with the growing pile of errands gone wrong....more

I Visited Ferguson: If You Could See What I Saw

The Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend, some friends and I decided to visit Ferguson, Missouri, which has seen more than its share of attention, mostly negative, since the Michael Brown shooting last August 9.  My friends and I wanted to support the community and its businesses by visiting and spending time and money there.I have lived most of my life in the St. Louis area....more
Love this.  Thank you so much for writing.  I'm sure the residents of Ferguson will appreciate ...more

Rolling Stone issues apology over UVA story

"A Note to Our Readers" - Rolling Stone...more
I have read the RS article, and even if it's only half true, it's pretty scary.  Seems likely RS ...more

5 Reasons Your Queries are Getting Rejected

You wrote the book. You had it professionally edited. Your mom, your dad, your S.O. have read it and they all agree you're the next Zora Neale Hurston. So you go ahead and send it off to an agency--or if you're bold enough, directly to a publisher--and to your dismay, you're denied. And denied... And denied. Before I go any further, I must admit: I've probably sent you a rejection letter and didn't tell why. I'm willing to offer some insight, here and now, as to why your book query ended up in my "pass" pile....more

#CrimingWhileWhite #AliveWhileBlack: What the Internet is Saying about Race and Police

Something interesting has been happening on Twitter. In light of the recent acquittals of white police officers in the deaths of black men, there have been quite a few online discussions about the role of race plays in how the law is enforced. The hashtag #CrimingWhileWhite has been trending, along with #AliveWhileBlack....more
Pink Curlers Thank you, I appreciate that! Just trying to capture the myriad of perspectives on ...more

Stirring the Pot...

Personal opinions….I am going to list several things that I have issues with in our society. Sorry if this upsets anyone but these are just my thoughts on these subjects....more

Is Your Mobile App FTC Privacy Compliant?

 Have you considered that marketing for your mobile application must comply with Federal Trade Commission advertising guidelines? The bottom line is make sure you disclose what information you are collecting, how you collect and what you do with the information once it is collected.  Always remember there are heightened privacy concerns when your mobile app is targeted to children....more

Do I Need A Facebook Disclaimer?

Have you noticed your friends posting a disclaimer on Facebook saying it will protect their rights? Do you need one? Does it work?...more