Teach Your Children Well

The heat reflects off the black pavement and I am sweating (OK, maybe I’m glowing) on a warm day at the Alameda County Fair. I’ve visited all my favorite exhibitions, like the photography and art exhibit (amazing display, as always), the flower/garden exhibit, the big and small animals (love the rabbits), and the Billy Mays lookalikes.  I missed my favorite this year, the pig races. I also had to make a quick stop to my husband’s model train exhibit his club has every year....more

Entertaining Empathy for Change

This post originally appeared on my blog, http://nopithyphrase.blogspot.com/2014/06/entertaining-empathy-for-change.html. Please feel free to pass along.I have a funny post pending for tomorrow. Today is something else I need to discuss. Today I am not funny. I read a lot of online news and such (it's slow at work right now), and the past few days I've been pretty disgusted.  ...more

It's That Simple

How to Gain Respect at Work

Having a hard time gaining respect at work? Tired of being at the bottom of the office totem pole? One of the hardest parts of being in your Terrible Twenties is starting out in your career. Employers often treat entry-level professionals like they're fungible. And who can blame 'em?? At least with regards to the legal job market, there are hundreds of applications for every one vacancy. Can't cut it? No worries, there are 50 others just like you, lined up and ready to start tomorrow....more

The manners of yesterday.

Every adult, I knew as a child, was to be addressed as Mr. or Mrs. Our neighbours were all Mr. And Mrs.Teachers.Friends of the family.My parents’ friends.It was never a question.  ...more

Ladies Stop Disrespecting Yourselves!

People like to adorn their vehicles with all sorts of shit. The most common are bumper stickers/magnets – though I have showcased some other bizarre things like Truck Nuts and Stuffed Animals Gone Bad....more

Little People Matter, and So Do the People Who Teach Them

This awesome image was made by Sunny Skies Preschool with which I have no personal affiliation and frankly I don't even know what state they are in.  All I know is that as smart and creative as I think i am I could never have thought of a graphic this cool....more

With All Due Respect My Fellow Americans

I am an American. I am also a Liberal, a Democrat, a Progressive...You get the point. I do not claim to be a political scholar of any kind...However, I know what my own values are and I don't foresee changing anytime soon...Nor am I writing this to convince my Republican buddies to to share in my convictions...Why yes!!!...I do have friends and family who are Republican! *Collective GASP!* I have a number of friends who I consider intelligent, knowledgable people, who seem to have done their homework and will most certainly vote differently than myself. That's ok...I can respect that. ...more