What to Give Lovers of Diversity and Feminism

Perhaps you have a person in your life whose holiday wishes lean toward social justice, feminism, or diversity. Sure you could buy them a present at the mall... but why not give a gift that affirms their values and also supports an independent artist ...more

Everyday I Pray For My Husband, Who is a Cop

I have always been one to review both sides of every story, and review as much information as possible, before deciding what I believe to be true. These days, the media is so filled with biased reporting that I am surprised anyone feels they are ...more

Inspired By Hillary: Stop Focusing on the Things You Do Badly

At the Massachusetts Conference for Women last week, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (whom I met backstage!) said something that really resonated for me, and I suspect for many of the mogul, mom and maids I’ve met in the last year. Clinton ...more

What It's Like to be Big and Black

I’m big, I’m black, and I’ve become well aware of how those things shape the way people see me, what they assume about me, and how they treat me. On Being Big My first vivid memories of body shame came in fourth grade. At nine, I was tall and ...more

Think You Can't Talk About Race in School? Here Are 5 Ways You Can

Twenty years after I got into education, not much has changed. But here's how we can have meaningful lessons about race in schools. ...more

Do You Know the History of Policing in America?

Have you ever seen the movie Crash starring—among others—Don Cheadle (my celebrity crush), Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon, Larenz Tate, Ryan Phillipe and Terrence Howard? ...more
Rita Arens Me, too.  It was hard to watch, but I find all of this hard to watch/live also.more

The Culture of Compliance: A Precursor to Rape Culture

In the spring of 1972 at Madison Junior High in North Hollywood, Calif., math teacher Robert Odian, also known as “Mr. Odious,” wrote a math problem about six feet high on the chalkboard and asked Beth Marron to solve it. Image: curiouseth...more

A Plea for Broken Hearts in Peshawar

"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to one another." - Mother Teresa I keep coming back to this quote, partly because it never stops being true. But I also keep coming back to this quote, because we keep forgetting. I’m compelled to write today to implore us to remember....more
There is not a nationality that falls outside this plea for compassion. Our grief must extend ...more

The Europa Legacy – Chapter 4 – The Courting of SimGuruGraham

Hello and welcome to Chapter 4 of the Europa Legacy! If you haven’t read the previous chapters, they can be found here. Sorry for the lack of updates with this family lately everyone! ...more

Holiday #Gift Ideas At @MicrosoftStore #Sponsored

After countless experiences of giving my kids gifts they were asking for (even begging for), that they then abandoned after a short time – I pledged to try to buy gifts that last. During the holidays some of my favorite gift ideas (that last throughout the year) are technology devices and accessories. I was excited when SocialMoms and Microsoft asked me to participate in a sponsored blogging program to discuss holiday gift ideas at the Microsoft Store because they have such a wide range of...more

An open letter to Dr. Camille Cosby

Dear Camille Cosby, It is very believable that the man you hear about in the news with over 20 victims coming forward telling their stories of having been drugged, sexually harassed and abused by him is not the man you know. I don’t doubt it. Consider this — the vast majority of men who buy women to abuse in prostitution are married ....more

Do You Know the History of Policing in America?

Have you ever seen the movie Crash starring—among others—Don Cheadle (my celebrity crush), Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon, Larenz Tate, Ryan Phillipe and Terrence Howard? ...more
Rita Arens Me, too.  It was hard to watch, but I find all of this hard to watch/live also.more

What’s Current: Uptalk, women & whiskey, and a glorious year of misandry

“Needs More Gay” offers another interesting queer reading of pop culture. This time with the new Peter Pan Live musical, which has “never been gayer.” [Blip TV] Oh, God: “Isis ‘executes 150 women for refusing to marry militants’ and buries them in mass graves.” [The Independent] Despite Forbes often publishing absurd shit, here is a cool article on “How Women Shaped the Whiskey Industry.” [Forbes] CBC plans to scrub archives of Jian Ghomeshi’s old show. [Jezebel] 2014 was a big year for man-hating ....more

For Thursday

Obituary: Italian actress Virni Lisi, 78, has died. She made many appearances in films in the 1960s and 1970s. She was in the American films How To Murder Your Wife, Assault on a Queen, and Not With My Wife, You Don't._____A possible settlement of 120k for fired WCSD police chief Mike Mieras is reportedly in the works._____ ...more

It Bears Repeating They Are Scams

I probably have linked this 2013 article before, and if so, it is worth linking again.It should be evident by now 401(k)s are among the biggest scams ever created. They were never designed to help workers to get a secure retirement but instead were designed to save companies money when they ditched traditional pensions in favor of these sham accounts. They also are another form of wealth transfer, this time to the banksters while the little guys are left holding the bag.People have no idea how much they would have to save to even approach a piddling pension like what I am getting now ....more

Cuba: What is the regime going to do?

Well, we all heard Obama’s speech yesterday. Some of us also listened to Raul Castro’s speech, which took place at the same time as Obama’s. It was a study in contrasts ....more

Resting Uneasy At The Hotel Rwanda

Several years ago, while working as an executive assistant for a major pharmaceutical company, I had to plan a trip for my boss to Rwanda.Rwanda. Holy cow! Can you even get a plane to Rwanda??It turns out you can. More than one in fact. You can fly there direct via British Airways from Brussels, Belgium mainly because there are a lot of Europeans who visit the area for the Silverback gorilla wildlife preserve in Kigali. The movie "Gorillas in the Mist" was filmed there. ...more

Three Ways Technology Has Changed My Brain

I was born in the wrong era. While I love technology and modern conveniences, I sometimes wonder what it would be like to live in an era before these enhancements....more