Word of Advice: Don't Discuss Controversial Current Events Topics With Your Family Over the Holidays

Ah, the holidays. A joyous time of year spent with loved ones; eating delicious food, giving and receiving generous gifts, listening to seasonal tunes and arguing with your family about hot-button political issues.Wait, what?Listen. I'm all for a healthy debate and voicing your opinions on current events and controversial topics. I think it's important to take a stand on something and to believe in a cause and to want to have a discussion with your peers, regardless if they agree with you or not....more

Missing Planes, Protests, and Ebola – What Stories Stick in Your Mind?

I’m a news junkie. I always have been, and even more so while I was studying journalism during my undergrad years. And now, thanks to social media, my addiction to the media has grown....more

9 Reasons Numbered Lists Bug the Sh!t Out of Me:

Unless you don’t read, don’t watch TV, or live under a rock, you’ve seen a numbered list recently.They're everywhere! Every. Where! If you’re a blogger, as I am, or a reader of blogs and on-line “news,” current events sites, etc, then you probably come across one of these lists daily: 15 Mistakes New Cooks Make (um, they’re new cooks, right? Must we judge?); 12 Ways You Should Dress Like a Drag Queen (I’m sure there are reasons, but unless you’re a Drag Queen, why would you?)– you get the idea....more

Bill Cosby Doesn't Need To Speak

 Bill Cosby is a veteran, actor, comedian, activist, philanthropist, recording artist, television producer, author, husband and father. A man whose professional career was built on voice and language has been rendered speechless.Fourteen women have accused him of rape. Fourteen women have similar narratives that include being drugged and raped by him. Fourteen women can't be a coincidence....more

Should a Mother Lose her Child because of One Mistake?

Close your eyes and imagine this:Imagine that your beloved father dies suddenly and in your grief, you make a mistake. You drink too much and sleep with an old friend.Imagine that you become pregnant form this and, understandable, your significant other of 7 years is upset, but you really want this baby. You feel it is the last piece of your father coming though and you want to name this baby after him....more
Please, please, please, give this baby back. You know it is the right thing to do but someone in ...more

My Open Letter to NFL Commissioner Goodell

     Dear Commissioner Goodell,In your press conference today, you mentioned over and over again the fact that you, and the NFL need help. Specifically, that you need expert advice on the organization's conduct policy.As a professional in student conduct, but really more so as a human being with basic where-with-all, my advice is simple:...more

3 Keys to The Success of Serena Williams

Serena Williams is, without a doubt, one of the greatest tennis players of our time. In fact, some will contend that Serena's greatness goes beyond the tennis court. To this point, Ian Crouch recently wrote a post for The New Yorkerwhere he presents the argument that Serena is the greatest American athlete. While Crouch's opinion is debatable, Serena's distinction is undeniable....more

Why The Ravens Should Have Kept Ray Rice

I am a resident and native of Baltimore, MD. Baltimoreans love, love, love their football team–The Ravens. I live just a few stop signs away from the Ravens headquarters. And you best believe that my neighborhood bleeds purple and black....more

Take off my left shoe? My foot!

I cannot believe that professionals are writing stories with tips and products are being made to help people remember that they have a child in the back seat of the car. If you cannot remember on your own that your child is in the car than you should not be driving at all.  Take your left shoe off and put it in the backseat so that when you reach your destination you remember to get it (and your child) from the back....more

Puppy Bowl, Kitten Bowl and Other Big Game Alternatives

Sunday is the big game, and many Americans are excited about the players, the game, Peyton Manning, buffalo wings, chili con queso, the frigid weather, and the commercials.  Show of hands here? Am I the only person in the world who could give a rat’s patootie about the NFL Super Bowl game? I speak blasphemously, but the only thing I care less about than the NFL is college football.  (There’s a backstory here that involves years of Big Ten rivalries, cold weather, insane over-the-top fans, but I’ll leave that for another day.) ...more
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