Rosalind Cummings-Yeates

I'm a full-time, freelance writer specializing in travel, fashion and culture topics. I write for print and web publications as well as teach college journalism courses. My other interests include alternative health, feminism metaphysics.

Brad Paisley's "Accidental Racism" Song: Sorry About That. Can I Have a Latte?

Have you ever seen or heard something so bad that you thought that it was satire? And then, upon realizing that it’s not satire, you wish it was? On Monday, country singer Brad Paisley released “Accidental Racist,” the first single off his upcoming album, Wheelhouse (out April 9) to mixed -- no, cringe-inducing -- reviews. ...more
That people still think the confederate flag is just a symbol of being proud of the South ...more

5 Parenting Vows I'm Sticking To After Watching HBO's "Girls"

I'm transfixed by Lena Dunham and her friends on HBO's Girls. These self-absorbed, generally very unlikeable, and deeply flawed girls captivate me. However, as a feminist, as a GenX-er, as a woman whose twenties aren't in that distant in the past, I mostly want to scream at each of the girls,"What are you thinking?" 'Girls' courtesy of HBO ...more
@Jett I think you're right about expectations and consequences. It definitely squelches a huge ...more

5 Parenting Vows I'm Sticking To After Watching HBO's "Girls"

I'm transfixed by Lena Dunham and her friends on HBO's Girls. These self-absorbed, generally very unlikeable, and deeply flawed girls captivate me. However, as a feminist, as a GenX-er, as a woman whose twenties aren't in that distant in the past, I mostly want to scream at each of the girls,"What are you thinking?" 'Girls' courtesy of HBO ...more
You bring up some very interesting points and I think  there's definitely a connection between ...more

Do You Make These Mistakes with Your Professional Bio?

A bio should be a professional yet personal snapshot into you as a person. Yet so many bios read like the patient warning insert in a prescription from the pharmacy. Lots of numbers, facts, and figures that make you go, Huh? Here's a humorous look at some bios and what to do to avoid the terrible pitfalls these people made. ...more
Those are really good points to consider. Facts and figures aren't all that engaging ...more

Ethics, Schmethics: On Press Trips and Writing a Good Story

Please note: This post is a statement of my own opinion and does not reflect the business contractual relationship I have with BlogHer, for which I comply with their editorial guidelines. ...more

I think you rooted out the imporant point in this debate Pam. Press trips aren't new, ...more

My Kind of Town, Chicago

I'm sort of amused to tell you that I write this from a campground in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. My belly is full of fried cheese curds -- hey, you gotta eat the local specialties -- and my hands are busy slapping mosquitoes. I've got a frosty Goose Island beer -- a yummy Chicago brew that snuck into the ice chest.  A couple of kids are running here and there, riding bikes as though they're flying. Our tent is pitched on a flat patch of grass next to an outboard motor boat on a trailer and there's a weird rush hour of golf cars buzzing about. ...more

 

 I know I've harrassed you enough about taking in the authentic delights of my ...more

Lost in Translation: Non English Speakers Traveling in North America

When you visit famous sites in Europe and want to take the tour, you can often find guides that speak your native language. I had to take the tour of Lascaux in French, but I was on accident and the English tour was hours later. ...more

 

 I think it just goes back to American cultural awareness. Sure, they could ...more

Oh, the Places You'll Go: Why Travel Matters

I spent my first 18 years in the northern suburbs of Chicago. My family was your average mild class Jewish clan clinging to the American dream; my grandparents worked in factories, as secretaries, and skilled construction. My parents were the first generation to obtain college degrees. Vacations as I knew them involved stuffing my parents, grandparents, sister, and me into our rusted blue sedan, then driving four hours to a resort in Michigan filled with elderly Jews and mold. World travel was not something I ever expected to do. ...more

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TWB: Traveling While Black

When I first started hefting a carry on into the overhead compartment, it seemed like everyone looked like me. Traveling was for Jewish kids sent off to work on the kibbutz or pale colored language students favored by their teachers enough to get the foreign exchange program recommendation. The browner travelers I saw were primarily visitors to family members divided by circumstances. I did meet travelers from all over the planet, but if they had any color to them, it's because they'd spent the last month on a Greek island or hanging out in the Sinai. Wandering was, it seemed, for the white. ...more

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The War on Toothpaste. Is It Over Yet?

I spent the weekend gathering my belongings for my upcoming big adventure in NYC. I did laundry, wrote invoices, made a to do and to pack list, the usuual stuff I do when I'm trying to get my head around a trip. I experienced more than a brief moment of annoyance upon discovering that my travel sized tube of toothpaste is nearly empty and I wondered: Is the war on toothpaste over yet? ...more

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