Just Add a Kid T-Shirt: My Last Post on "Black People Are Monkeys" (I Hope)

I hope this will be the last thing I ever write about the history of White people portraying Black people as monkeys, but unfortunately, at some point I'll probably have to write something on this topic again. This racist insult repeats, repeats, repeats. ...more
Reading some of the comments in this thread, I can't help but think of Ta-Nehesi Coates and his ... more

The New Female Reformers: Nikki Haley

This why so many conservative women are bewildered when liberal women reject us from the ranks of feminism. Compared to fighting the sexism and corruption that still exists within some pockets of the Republican Party, whining about choice seems frivolous. We're working to weed out corruption and eliminate barriers to political involvement. They're parading rusted coat hangers around. While we're advocating for policies that reduce taxes and help everyday Americans, they seem stuck in a time warp. ...more

My political beliefs fall left of center, and I came of age during the "Our Bodies, Ourselves" ... more

Coming Soon: A Month of Little Steps to Health and Fitness

Soon it will be January. And you will be seeing 40 kabajillion posts on resolutions. And most of those will be about major life-changing regimens to get healthy. I'm here to tell you, my friend. Major life-changing regimens are tough to stick to. I've learned a long time ago that some of us (ahem) need to ease into new habits. Drink a glass more water a day. Take the stairs. Et cetera....more

I'm a little unclear about where we're supposed to post fitness comments -- on the Great Fitness ... more

Tax Cut Extension: We Need Civil Problem Solving Beyond Bad Compromises

There are times when I get angry about how we as a country choose to solve serious problems. We call it a compromise. I think it is more like whack-a-mole. We expend a lot of energy in doing something close to nothing more than is necessary to play the next level of the game. The compromise on the unemployment extension and maintenance of the Bush tax cuts does not solve problems. ...more

Lots of interesting grass roots stuff happening for people like us. "No Labels" is the latest -- ... more

Afghan Women's Writing Project: Be Thankful for Your Freedom

During my university years, I went for one academic year to the U.S. on a fellowship program. There, I felt how educational life is wonderful, how much freedom is worth and how my life was wasted. I was in the U.S. when Mom called me and begged me to return to Afghanistan. My cousin was putting pressure on my family, and my dad and brothers had beaten my mother. I returned because I felt devoted to my mom. ...more

I have no other words -- it breaks my heart to read the despair in this woman's words (and in ... more

Bundles of Links from Bit.ly

This is a way to aggregate, curate, and organize a variety of information on a topic. A bundle of links to your best Thanksgiving recipes, multiple links to the latest announcement from Apple, multiple links to the hottest news in shoelaces – whatever – you get the idea. You click the link, you go the the Bundle page, you choose what you want to read in full. ...more

I'm in the midst of publishing a newsletter for a client which includes a number of bit.ly ... more

(UPDATED, VIDEO) Tina Fey Becomes Youngest Winner of Mark Twain Prize for Humor

Earlier this week, Tina Fey was honored at the Kennedy Center as the thirteenth recipient -- and at 40, the youngest -- of the esteemed Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. It's yet another accolade in an ever-growing list for the plucky actress/writer/producer and comedienne. Not bad for a self-described "super-nerd." ...more

My sister was the singer with the band playing at this year's Mark Twain Prize award ceremony. ... more

Yes, I'm Going to the Rally to Restore Sanity

And because people are on a hair trigger. People don't even read blog posts anymore. They just skim to see if the person is in agreement with their ideology, and if they're not, they unleash their displeasure on them. Twitter is no longer the fun place to discover what someone is considering eating for lunch. Now I need to wade through people writing inflammatory statements just to upset others. ...more

I would love to be there, and appreciate your including my name and blog on your sign.

As it ... more

Welcome to the New Normal: Military Life in 2010

I grew up in the military. My father was a career Air Force officer, so I've never known a life without uniforms, parental absences or jet noise. For me, a jet flying overhead is not a source of fear (think post-9/11 in DC or New York), but one of overwhelming pride. Our country is far from perfect, but it takes a special person to agree to defend it with your life. And it takes a special person to love someone you know can never put family before country. ...more

I almost came up to speak to you after the panel you appeared on at BlogHer 2010 to say "thank ... more

Moonlight, Menopause and Magic Beans...

It crept up on me slowly, with the stealth of a navy seal crossing a deserted midnight beach, dodging the illumination of a brilliant Summer moon. Barely noticeable at first, it leapt, grabbed and tumbled me in the surf, filling my eyes and choking my throat with salty tears before I even realized what was happening. ...more

Best advice I ever got while going through menopause, from a woman on the other side.

Now I'm ... more