Mourning the Loss of Prince When We Counted On Immortality

This one is viscerally painful, but nearly impossible to process. How can the immortal die? And yet, Prince has been confirmed dead at 57, and my generation is reaching across text and tweet and message to comfort each other, because we know, we know, this loss is more than can be captured in traditional obituaries.  Image: © PA Wire via ZUMA Press ...more
Un-til the end of time/ I'll be there for you.... Deb, you put it perfectly. Thank you. more

President Obama Delivers His Valedictory State of the Union

On the night that Barack Obama first won election to the White House, he announced to a cheering crowd, "Change has come to America."  In 2008, millions of Americans weary of a deep recession, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan hoped, and Obama promised a new spirit of optimism and bipartisan cooperation: ...more
J-MOM Thanks for reading and commenting. I think you are right, and there are certainly things ... more

The Onion’s Racist Treatment of Quvenzhané Wallis at the 2013 Oscars

I love the Oscars. Every year, I sit down happily with wine and treats to watch the movies that I’ve been checking out and loving get nominated and honoured. This year, Les Miserables was my favourite, and I really highly enjoyed the performances by the cast and the speeches being made by everyone involved. Oscar Night didn’t disappoint in its general award-ceremony-ness -- but then it did....more
I wrote this response to those who are defending The Onion's defamatory tweet about ... more

To The Media Covering Newtown

Dear Members of the Media, By now you’ve probably heard the small wave of outrage that is condemning you for interviewing the children of Sandy Hook Elementary School. You already know that furious parents across the country feel that it’s inappropriate to shove a microphone in the face of a traumatized 8-year-old. But have you ever wondered why? It’s because WE WILL REMEMBER. I remember....more
Thank you for this. I am very sorry for the loss of your friend. When I was a neophyte ... more

Aloha, Senator. Daniel Inouye Passes Away at 88

Senator Daniel Inouye, the most senior statesman in Washington, passed away on Monday. Inouye, age 88, represented his home state in the capitol since Hawaii gained statehood in 1959. His death is not just a loss for Congress, but for the Asian American Pacific Islander community. Inouye was the first Japanese American to serve on Capitol Hill, as well a World War II hero as part of the 442 Regiment, a unit made up entirely of Japanese Americans who petitioned for the right to serve in the military, while their friends and family were interned in camps across the western United States....more
I love this, Grace. Sen. Inouye was a personal hero of mine as well. On top of everything you ... more

The Ethics of Publishing "I Am Adam Lanza's Mother"

If you have access to US social media, you've probably seen the blog post, "Thinking the Unthinkable," at least once since last Friday's horrific massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Its author, Anarchist Soccer Mom (hereinafter referred to as "ASM"), shares harrowing episodes of life with her gifted but mentally ill 13-year-old son, and her frustrations with a failing mental health system. ...more
@algernon.ward Thanks for reading and commenting, Algie! more

The Ethics of Publishing "I Am Adam Lanza's Mother"

If you have access to US social media, you've probably seen the blog post, "Thinking the Unthinkable," at least once since last Friday's horrific massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Its author, Anarchist Soccer Mom (hereinafter referred to as "ASM"), shares harrowing episodes of life with her gifted but mentally ill 13-year-old son, and her frustrations with a failing mental health system. ...more
@NieshaRichardson I am very sorry for what you and your family has suffered. more

The Ethics of Publishing "I Am Adam Lanza's Mother"

If you have access to US social media, you've probably seen the blog post, "Thinking the Unthinkable," at least once since last Friday's horrific massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Its author, Anarchist Soccer Mom (hereinafter referred to as "ASM"), shares harrowing episodes of life with her gifted but mentally ill 13-year-old son, and her frustrations with a failing mental health system. ...more
@maryn  @Kim Pearson  @orangeros Thank you for sharing this. This is painful territory for many ... more

The Ethics of Publishing "I Am Adam Lanza's Mother"

If you have access to US social media, you've probably seen the blog post, "Thinking the Unthinkable," at least once since last Friday's horrific massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Its author, Anarchist Soccer Mom (hereinafter referred to as "ASM"), shares harrowing episodes of life with her gifted but mentally ill 13-year-old son, and her frustrations with a failing mental health system. ...more
@orangeros  @karabuntin I agree, it's a touchy subject. I'm a journalism professor, so I think ... more

The Ethics of Publishing "I Am Adam Lanza's Mother"

If you have access to US social media, you've probably seen the blog post, "Thinking the Unthinkable," at least once since last Friday's horrific massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Its author, Anarchist Soccer Mom (hereinafter referred to as "ASM"), shares harrowing episodes of life with her gifted but mentally ill 13-year-old son, and her frustrations with a failing mental health system. ...more
@creativejuicez Yes, and I'd also add that we need to get back to the complementary discussion ... more
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