Katy

Painter, writer, internet enthusiast, mom to a little boy with CP. read more

How Do Physicians and Non-Physicians Want to Die?

A recent RadioLab podcast titled The Bitter End identified an interesting paradox. When you ask people how they’d like to die, most will say that they want to die quickly, painlessly, and peacefully… preferably in their sleep. But, if you ask them whether they would want various types of interventions were they on the cusp of death and already living a low-quality of life, they typically say “yes,” “yes,” and “can I have some more please.”  Blood transfusions, feeding tubes, invasive testing, chemotherapy, dialysis, ventilation, and chest-pumping CPR. Most people say “yes.” But not physicians.  Doctors, it turns out, overwhelmingly say “no.”  The only intervention that doctors overwhelmingly want is pain medication.  In no other case do even 20% of the physicians say “yes" (see the data here). ...more
Add nurses to doctors here. We probably see more patient suffering than they do since we're with ...more

Flying While Something Other Than Whatever Bigots Think is Acceptable

Recently I got into a Twitter conversation with a friend who lives on the West Coast of the United States and is planning a cross-country road trip with her boyfriend.From couches they could crash along the way, the talk soon turned to race and safety.My friend is Black. And while most major U.S. cities have their minority-friendly zones, the vast spaces between those major cities can sometimes be questionably comfortable for non-white people....more
thank you for sharing this.  I know I as a white woman living in a very white area need to hear ...more

Lying About Birth: Yes, Kate Winslet Should Feel Ashamed

A friend recently brought to my attention, via Facebook, that Kate Winslet apparently just came out as having lied about having a natural childbirth when in fact she had an emergency c-section. She was embarrassed about having had the section. There seems to be a “c-sections are nothing to be embarrassed about” movement stirring up over this which I kind of think is ridiculous....more
Moms can't win no matter what. C-section, vaginal birth, breastfeeding, staying at home, ...more

Why I Should Never Clean

In this hilarious post, a woman aptly justifies why she should never be allowed to dust, scrub or even wipe away her family's relentless clutter and filth:...more

"It's Not Fair to the Normal Kids." Are You Kidding Me, Lady?

I told her that my son has autism and she responded, "oh, my nephew is autism." Yes, she said it like that -- should have been my first clue. She continued: "They try to stick him in with the normal kids, but I just don't think it makes any sense. It's not doing ANYONE any good having him with NORMAL kids...." ...more
sunblindedone He is in a private school, so it is legal.more

My Blog Got My Daughter Kicked Out of Preschool

On Friday, my daughter was expelled from her preschool. Why? Because I had a disagreement with the director -- and then I blogged about it. Here is the timeline of events. ...more
Oh I feel for you.  I'm a preschool teacher myself* and while I do believe that teachers, ...more

Voice of Dissent: It's NOT Sexual Assault, so Please Stop Calling it That.

The TSA's latest ramping-up of its security checks , namely, the "enhanced" pat-downs, has been all over the news, internet, and blogosphere lately. With YouTube videos, Twitter hashtags, and comment threads that for the most part, support the outrage and condemnation presented by journalists, bloggers, and video posters alike, the general public seems to have reached its verdict on the new procedures. ...more

Why I Took on Scott Stratten (@Unmarketing) Regarding the Communication Shutdown Campaign for Autism Awareness

Tonight I did something that could very well be the kiss of death as far as my social media "influence" goes.  Though I don't really have any at this point, might be safe to say that after tonight, I probably never will.I somehow got myself in to a Twitter argument with the guru of social media marketing, Scott Stratten (@Unmarketing http://www.un-marketing.com/blog/ ) over tomorrow's Communication Shutdown campaign to promote autism awareness....more

Thank you very much Jennifer, for the thoughtfulness of your comment and the objectivity and ...more

Why I Took on Scott Stratten (@Unmarketing) Regarding the Communication Shutdown Campaign for Autism Awareness

Tonight I did something that could very well be the kiss of death as far as my social media "influence" goes.  Though I don't really have any at this point, might be safe to say that after tonight, I probably never will.I somehow got myself in to a Twitter argument with the guru of social media marketing, Scott Stratten (@Unmarketing http://www.un-marketing.com/blog/ ) over tomorrow's Communication Shutdown campaign to promote autism awareness....more

Thank you very much Jennifer, for the thoughtfulness of your comment and the objectivity and ...more

Good Luck Getting Kissed by ANYONE, Marie Claire, Your Fat-Bashing Backfired

The women's magazine Marie Claire published an incendiary article on its website this week asking "Should "Fatties" Get A Room? (Even on TV?)" which is receiving a backlash of condemnation via social media. ...more

I hadn't heard of this happening, that is INSANE. I can't believe they get away with that ...more