Guess What I Learned at My High School Reunion!

When my old boyfriend came through the door of the hotel where my 40th high school reunion was being held, three girls, wait, three 58-year-old women scurried over to quick give me the 411. ...more
Oh, if I had been warned ahead of time, I'd have been a complete wreck. Probably would've spent ... more

The Reflex of Deference: What Keeps Male Privilege Going

Deference is the wee tiny rock that women carry in their pockets, the signal to tell them to get out of the way, sit down and be quiet, but who put that rock there?...more
I have to carry a rock in my pocket to remind me not to have a rock in my pocket. Have to remind ... more

Would You Want to be a Homeless Woman with No Tampons?

Can you image what it would be like to be a homeless woman without tampons?...more
I checked into this with a company that manufactures/markets these and they indicate that there ... more

Would You Want to be a Homeless Woman with No Tampons?

Can you image what it would be like to be a homeless woman without tampons?...more
Thank you for the great comments and good discussion. Do what you can to pass the word along. ... more

Would You Want to be a Homeless Woman with No Tampons?

Can you image what it would be like to be a homeless woman without tampons?...more
Just hearing about this via Twitter. Checking into it. I don't know anyone who has used this ... more

Hobby Lobby is Right

With the very recent Supreme Court ruling on the Hobby Lobby case has come an uproar, an outrage over the result.  But these folks are in an uproar in large part over misinformation.  All the outcry, Facebooks posts, and news stories are screaming loud and long that Hobby Lobby has refused to pay for any and all female contraception.  Untrue....more
Hobby Lobby is a corporate entity. It is not a person. A corporate entity is entitled to ... more

Supreme Court Says Abortion Protesters Don't Have to Stand Back Anymore

This week, the Supreme Court struck down a Massachusetts buffer zone law that endeavored to keep abortion protesters 35 feet away from the entrances of the state's abortion clinics, ruling that it violates the First Amendment. And making matters worse, all nine justices agreed. The little folks with their worn out signs of aborted fetuses just got their second wind....more
reillysmom16  I couldn't have put it better. Totally agree with you. more

Supreme Court Says Abortion Protesters Don't Have to Stand Back Anymore

This week, the Supreme Court struck down a Massachusetts buffer zone law that endeavored to keep abortion protesters 35 feet away from the entrances of the state's abortion clinics, ruling that it violates the First Amendment. And making matters worse, all nine justices agreed. The little folks with their worn out signs of aborted fetuses just got their second wind....more
survivelivethrive  You picked up the van??!!! That is the best thing I've heard in years. And ... more

What if Your Father was an Asshole?

For the few days leading up to Father's Day and the actual 24 hours of the day itself, everyone's father suddenly becomes Andy Griffith.But what if your father is/was pretty much an asshole? I don't mean a truly evil son of a bitch, a child abuser or anything like that. I mean just a regular run of the mill asshole, difficult to please, humorless, workaholic, why haven't you mowed the lawn yet, can't you do anything right asshole dad....more
My father was a hard taskmaster but, no, not an abusive person in any way, shape or form. The ... more

The Stigma of Hearing Loss

Stigma is a very tricky thing because it works in multiple ways. First, there is the actual stigma assigned to a condition. So a person with mental illness, for example, is considered by many to be undependable, unstable, and not capable of functioning well. In this case, the stigma is in the minds of the people judging the person with mental illness. But stigma also works in the minds of the people with mental illness who are being judged. They are part of society as well and have absorbed the same attitudes and biases as the rest of us. So they apply the stigma they've learned about mental illness to themselves; they buy in to the ways in which the stigma defines them. They also perceive that others are stigmatizing them and sometimes that's true and sometimes it isn't. ...more
judygmartin I'm going to follow up on the HLAA. Thanks! more