Marie Cooper

About me: vintage 1954, writer, retired nurse and healthcare executive, four adored grown children, four adorable grandkids, cat, dog, old house, sewing, knitting, books, books and more books.   Springsteen fanatic, Anglophile, movie buff.  Multiple sclerosis.  And, because all that is not enough, Stage Four breast cancer.

People Like Richard Cohen Make Me Want to Barf

Making the rounds on my Facebook timeline today is a story about how biracial families make Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen “want to puke.” Public Advocate Bill de Blasio's inauguration, January 1, 2010, Image Credit: Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, via Flickr...more
Grace Hwang LynchGrace, except for the fact that he is such a weasel, that statement would ...more

When Social Media is Used as a Weapon

She had been unfriended and blocked, the adult casualty in the preteens' fight since neither girl is on Facebook herself.  Since the woman's daughter couldn't give my friend's daughter the social media cold shoulder, the mother did the dirty deed for her and not only disconnected herself from my friend but blocked her for good measure to send an additional little message: I don't want you in my life AT ALL. ...more
KarenLynnnI'm so sorry, Karen.  That is simply awful.  I am consistently astounded by our ...more

When Social Media is Used as a Weapon

She had been unfriended and blocked, the adult casualty in the preteens' fight since neither girl is on Facebook herself.  Since the woman's daughter couldn't give my friend's daughter the social media cold shoulder, the mother did the dirty deed for her and not only disconnected herself from my friend but blocked her for good measure to send an additional little message: I don't want you in my life AT ALL. ...more
I first became aware of the capacity to use FB to wound when my sixty something aunt unfriended ...more

People Like Richard Cohen Make Me Want to Barf

Making the rounds on my Facebook timeline today is a story about how biracial families make Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen “want to puke.” Public Advocate Bill de Blasio's inauguration, January 1, 2010, Image Credit: Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, via Flickr...more
He's playing the "I've been misunderstood" card.  And the article implies the Post has no ...more

People Like Richard Cohen Make Me Want to Barf

Making the rounds on my Facebook timeline today is a story about how biracial families make Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen “want to puke.” Public Advocate Bill de Blasio's inauguration, January 1, 2010, Image Credit: Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, via Flickr...more
thienkim Thien-Kim, this is the kind of issue that you should be proud of speaking out about.  ...more

People Like Richard Cohen Make Me Want to Barf

Making the rounds on my Facebook timeline today is a story about how biracial families make Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen “want to puke.” Public Advocate Bill de Blasio's inauguration, January 1, 2010, Image Credit: Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, via Flickr...more
Cohen’s perspective is so bizarre to me that my initial reaction is impatience and a sense of ...more

Why It Is NEVER All Right to Call Someone a "F-ing Terrorist"

My husband and I recently took our daughter and a dozen of her friends to the movies. It was a children’s movie matinée. Our group took up an entire row in the theatre, and so I sat right in front of the kids. A few minutes before the show began, a visible minority family walked in and sat next to me, one seat down. The lights dimmed and the previews started. We were off to a great start. The kids sat behind us munching on their popcorn, slurping their drinks, eager to see the movie start....more
Fariha, your message is so important and yet so hard to transmit.  Because it is evil people (I ...more

Warning! Mom Down! What Happens When Mom Gets Sick?

I take care of these people. But sometimes I need them to take care of me right back. I am feeling okay now. Thanks for asking. ...more
This is a classic, Bell! If there is one thing mothers must teach their children it is this: ...more

Veteran's Day: WWII's Female War Heroes Deserve To Have Their Stories Told

"Nancy Wake, "the White Mouse" and the most decorated woman of the 1939-45 war, disliked people messing around with her life story.  Small wonder.  It was an extraordinary story and an extraordinary life."...more
Anita, you make such a good point. Thank you.  I read English newspapers and they have run ...more

Please Don't Talk To Me While You're Squeezing My Breasts

No, I don’t mean my husband. (This isn't that kind of story.) I do mean you, Ms. Mammogram Technologist. ...more
Everyone is different and being different does not make you (necessarily) neurotic.  For some ...more