Liz Rose-Cohen

I write because I love to tell stories.  This was a surprising realization to me.  I thought it was because I had something to say.  Because I do: I harbor a lusty desire to contribute to the global conversation of human progress and development and justice.  There are so many myths I want to explode, so many gnarled masses of foolish assumptions and wicked deceits I want my words to untangle.  But ultimately, it turns out I write because I love to tell stories well.  To tell them truthfully.  And so if my stories also have some point, if they change the reader a little bit, if they answer some questions, or ask some others, then I am pleased.  I am ecstatic.  I am flattered.  But I am reminded: it all begins with the story and how it is told.

Right now I'm obsessed with the 2012 election.  Here's why: I've been alive 38 years now and President Obama is the first president whose policies have had a direct impact on my life: as in, I sit here in my house and I think, thank you President Obama for helping me buy this house. And it doesn't stop there. My list is long. And it makes me feel kinda vulnerable. Because politics is personal. It affects us in ways we don't always feel comfortable telling other people. Because the times we really need our government are not our most glorious moments. But I'm going to tell you about them. One every day from now until the election. And I invite you to share my posts if you feel so moved, especially if like me, you do not "de-friend" people who think differently than you do. Happy Voting!

 

You Wear the Costume, I Wear the Stigma

[Editor's Note: Halloween's just around the corner, and I'm afraid... of the stereotypes that might be perpetuated in this year's crop of costumes. After all, this season we've already seen a variety of racially offensive designs-- and that was just in clothes intended for everyday wear! But as Frances Kai-Hwa Wang blogs at Chicago is the World, the students at Ohio University are once again launching their proactive campaign against racist costumes. --Grace]...more
Thank you for the info about this campaign.  So important.  I remember hosting a halloween party ...more

Politics is as personal as every, day 5: Stimulus looks like a 3 bedroom ranch.

          When the real estate market crashed in September 2008, Darling Virgo and I were in the same position as a lot of Americans.  We had placed all the money saved up during our pre-parenting years (working for nickels at rusty little non-profits) in what seemed like a sound investment: a small three unit building in downtown Portland in which we lived and landlorded....more
@JennaHatfield Hi Jenna!  I have been to the group (only once, but will go more).  In fact the ...more

Romney’s Not Perfect – But He’s Not The Monster Some Gays Imagine

I knew what we were in for when Log Cabin Republicans made the decision to issue a qualified endorsement in favor of Mitt Romney for president. Congressman Barney Frank gave us a taste of it this summer, turning abusing gay Republicans into his personal crusade since the Democratic National Convention, with many liberals eager to take up his battle cry of “Uncle Tom.”...more
I a happy to get "beyond the caricatures, the memes, and the myths.  Marriage discrimination ...more

Wearing Pink Shoes While Black -- and Male

By Liz Rose-Cohen My son started preschool last Spring, and the more we learned the more we couldn’t believe our luck. One of his teachers is an African American woman. That wasn’t luck. That was planning. Like we moved 700 miles so we could live in a town with a significant African American population and then chose a Montessori preschool with a significant number of African American teachers. That kind of planning. But the fact that she has dark skin was luck. Because my kids have fairly dark skin. ...more
Thanks all for your thoughtful reading of my post. The wonderful thing about the blogging medium ...more

Wearing Pink Shoes While Black -- and Male

By Liz Rose-Cohen My son started preschool last Spring, and the more we learned the more we couldn’t believe our luck. One of his teachers is an African American woman. That wasn’t luck. That was planning. Like we moved 700 miles so we could live in a town with a significant African American population and then chose a Montessori preschool with a significant number of African American teachers. That kind of planning. But the fact that she has dark skin was luck. Because my kids have fairly dark skin. ...more
Thanks all for your thoughtful reading of my post. The wonderful thing about the blogging ...more