Israeli and Palestinian Mothers: When Will This End?

Sitting here in the shelter in my building in Tel-Aviv,  with the sirens wailing in the background -  boom, boom, boom, boom.   The Iron Dome just knocked out four rockets.  I shudder at the prospect of what would have happened if ...more

BlogHer'14 Closing Keynote: Let's Talk Intersectional Feminism

For many years we've programmed conversations at BlogHer conferences that talk about leveraging our online platforms for good. Those conversations are designed to be equal measures inspiration and instigation. This year, in fact, we have an amazing ...more

Black Women, White Women, and Natural Hair

The burn of a relaxer on my tender scalp.The hiss of the hot comb against my untamed roots.The fear of moisture in all of its iterations: rain, sweat, ocean.The anguish of getting the most minor trim because length--not health--was paramount.These ...more

Indra Nooyi's Comments: A Cultural Complexity to Work-Life Balance?

PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi is the latest female executive to chime in to the never-ending discussion about balancing work and life.  ...more

What It Was Like to Travel While Black

As a child, we had very interesting travel arrangements. In the 1970s and 80s our family—from mixed race parents—would travel separately at times. We either went down South to visit my father's side of the family in New Orleans, or we ...more

Was That Comment Because of My Race?

After reading this post by my French yummy mummy blogger friend, Muriel Jacques, I felt compelled to analyze what had happened to me yesterday at the post office. At the time, I simply brushed it off and was able to convince myself to just let it go. However, I knew deep down it bothered me and reading Muriel's post sort of gave me permission to admit to myself that it was something and not just nothing....more
I know what you mean.  It's true that some people give unsolicited advice like that because they ...more

Realizing the Comforts of My Color: Thoughts on White Privilege

She came from nowhere, it seemed, and slipped away in the same smooth and silent way. We were at the donut shop's counter, being treated to coffee by one of the people we were visiting.  His wallet was out, and suddenly she was there, at his side, all creased chocolate skin and curls spiraling with gray and—this is what has stayed with me—dark and haunted eyes. Image Credit: Christine H. via Flickr...more
I used to teach Race and Society, so it is good to know there are people who are out there ...more

Congress Is Not Just For Old White Men - Moms Can Serve Too

The recent primary election brought the usual flood of campaign literature pouring through my letter slot. I had nearly tossed the pile into the recycling bin when I noticed something AMAZING.There was a large color photo of a Hispanic woman holding two tiny kids. The text began “As a mother of two children…” and was an endorsement for quality pre-K. It hit me – SHE was the candidate, and she was claiming her identity as a mother in her campaign for the state legislature. Had I ever seen such a thing before? Had it ever HAPPENED before?...more
We need more women--mothers, grandmothers, lesbians, singles, aunts, wives, daughters, sisters. ...more

Etc.

Absolutely outstanding obituary of James Garner is at the World Socialist Web Site, of all places._____ ...more

Ed Etc.

Somebody needs to cover Michelle Rhee with duct tape.John Merrow has a lot to answer for before I will trust anything he says.Rhee IS a fraud, but she sure as hell isn't smart or talented. She's ruthless more than ambitious, and well-connected more than hard-working. She has all of the charisma of a doorknob._____At least one court stood on behalf of teachers._____ ...more

Was That Comment Because of My Race?

After reading this post by my French yummy mummy blogger friend, Muriel Jacques, I felt compelled to analyze what had happened to me yesterday at the post office. At the time, I simply brushed it off and was able to convince myself to just let it go. However, I knew deep down it bothered me and reading Muriel's post sort of gave me permission to admit to myself that it was something and not just nothing....more
I know what you mean.  It's true that some people give unsolicited advice like that because they ...more

Ecuador and the ‘straitjacket’

Many of you approaching retirement age may have read multiple public relations articles touting Ecuador as A Top Retire-Overseas Choice. Among the reasons listed, – Ecuador uses the U.S. dollar meaning no exchange-rate risk for American retirees. If that’s a reason for your relocation, don’t get packing yet: Rafael Correa has other plans, Ecuador Weighs Escape From Dollar ‘Straitjacket’ Congress has until the end of today to vote on President Rafael Correa’s proposal to change the South American nation’s financial laws, which would allow payments in “electronic money.” Lawmakers are debating whether to insist the central bank back the new currency with a one-to-one dollar guarantee ....more

Washoe County School District Gossip

Excellent editorial from the Reno Gazette-Journal about the confederacy of dunces also known as the Washoe County School District Board of Trustees.What you are seeing is the REAL Washoe County School District, not the district of the PR and photo ops. It is the most corrupt public institution in Nevada, run by idiots and outright crooks who believe they are entitled to lifetime jobs and will step on anybody to ensure they KEEP those jobs for themselves and their cronies. I have said this for years since I was illegally terminated, and I am RIGHT ....more

Medical Identity Theft Can be Deadly

If you feel like you are starting to get the flu, going to the doctor’s office can get you some medicine and get you on the road to recovery. But, there’s no pill or surgery that can protect you from medical identity theft—which can kill you. Literally. The thief who steals your identity doesn’t mean to kill you; he just wants to obtain free medical care on your dime....more

Venezuela: Lopez on trial, Tower of David evacuation

Leopoldo López‘s show trial has begun; while the defense has asked for an adjournment, we all know what the verdict will be: guilty. Daniel Duquenal expands on this, The first thing, oddly, is the timing. ...more

How to monitor your teen’s phone

A friend contacted me looking for some advice for keeping track of her daughter’s cell phone activity....more

Washoe County School District Gossip: Martinez Interview

From tonight's Ralston Reports: ...more

Washoe County School District Gossip IV: "Dear Randy"

Jon Ralston presented a link to a letter from Pedro Martinez's lawyer to district's lead counsel Randy Drake, and it ain't pretty. This could wind up costing the district hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not in the millions. I hope Martinez drags the district through the courts, and then the public will see what the district REALLY is about.The letter:Dear Randy:I have been retained by Pedro Martinez to represent him in seeking equitable relief anddamages for the wrongful termination of his employment as Superintendent of the WashoeCounty School District and related claims ....more