How To Teach a White Middle Class Teenage Boy About Privilege - in ten easy steps...

You guys know damned well that I'm not writing a how-to instructional guide here.What I am doing, though, is telling you all a story about how I drove home an important point about privilege in this society to one of the groups of people in this world who needs to understand them the most.White dudes.Specifically the white dudes that live in my house.Before you all go get your pitchforks and accuse me of race baiting and all the other shit that online trolls like to accuse me and my liberal bitch self of...stop. I've been writing about privilege for a while now and if you don't like it, leave.You don't even need to announce your departure in some grand obnoxious fashion. You can just go.For the rest of you, though, I thought this was a pretty profound lesson this week.On to the story....The neighborhood we live in is a fairly isolated one ....more

Things That Piss Me Off Tuesday - the it's not about the emails edition

FOR THE LOVE PEOPLE.I haven't written one of these in a while, so brace yourselves. It's Not About The Emails...I was a Bernie supporter. I am still a Bernie supporter ....more

My Dog is Defective

Almost exactly a year ago now, we adopted him. Oliver.We'd found him through a rescue group, driven over an hour to go meet him. They were sure he was half lab, but had no idea what the rest of his genetic makeup might be ....more

Wasps and Hate

I've been trying to find a way to write this post for a long time now. The topic of hate and intolerance and the damage it does is something I've written about quite a bit in the past, this is true. But this is different ....more

6th Annual 30 Day Photo Challenge CONTEST!!!!

It is always hard to choose photos for the contest with so many wonderful submissions!These are the 23...more

5th Annual 30 Day Photography Challenge CONTEST!!!!!!

It is always hard to choose photos for the contest with so many wonderful submissions!These are the 23...more

And this is why I have designated days for this shit...

Fuck.July 6th.The last day before life as I knew it ended....more

The worrying and the almost barfing and the talking

I have anxiety issues.I've had them for as long as I can remember. From the time I was a wee babe, I worried about everything. All the time ....more

It's a good thing my liver has been training for this....

I briefly thought I was maybe, possibly, probably, most definitely going to die yesterday.Twice.Fine. I'm being a bit dramatic, but am still pretty sure that I shaved two of my nine lives off yesterday anyhow.The first time was when I went to pick The Oldest up from band practice and asked him if he wanted to drive home. The weirdo laws here state that a learner's permit holder can only drive when there are only adults over the age of 21 in the car, so in a world with four younger siblings, he doesn't have much time without the little people tagging along.The rest of them were at home, so I figured what the hell.He has to learn how to do this at some point right?Motherfucker.Now, I know that many of you out there reading have been through this whole teaching a teenager to drive thing, and I applaud you ....more

Things That Piss Me Off Tuesday - the what the hell edition

Hi.Once upon a time, I wrote these posts almost every week.I don't really have a compelling excuse at the moment, aside from the tiny man currently ruling everything about my life. I don't get much time to even touch a computer, let alone think about writing anything.I SUPPOSE I could have written more this weekend, but I was super busy with a triathlon.And by triathlon, I mean that I watched the entire season of Orange Is The New Black (more on that later), I finished two books and pulled two all nighters in a row. Three things.There ....more