Be The Change - A Guest Post by Kimmie Arnold

Every so often, I ask if there is anyone who would like to submit something here as a guest post. The following piece came from a fan and friend named Kimmie Arnold. She is passionate about this topic and I'm pretty sure that she would shout it from the rooftops if she could....more

Things That Piss Me Off - The Indiana edition

I was going to add this to the list of the other things this week, but decided that it deserved its own post. As I did when Arizona passed similar legislation, I wanted to name names.Legislate discrimination, I'll call you on it.Governor Jan Brewer vetoed the bill in Arizona, but in Indiana, Governor Mike Pence has already said that he will sign it.Awesome.If you haven't heard, Indiana SB 101 would make it legal for business owners to refuse service to customers on the basis of religion. Written in the heavily GOP controlled Indiana State Senate, the bill passed the House yesterday ....more

Things That Piss Me Off Tuesday - the I skipped a week again edition

Good lord, I have become such a flake. I completely missed writing this post last week, and didn't even realize that I'd skipped it for a few days afterwards.I blame this energy sucker. Seriously, though, it's fine ....more

We Ain't There Yet, a guest post from anonymous

One of the most amazing things about doing what I do here is that other people trust me enough to tell their stories.It's easily one of the most humbling aspects as well.Today, I will share one of those stories with you all. This story came to me from someone that I've come to know over the past few years. Someone that I've come to more than know, someone that I've come to love and respect deeply....more

Welcome to my brain

I have been feeling like I need to write almost constantly lately, which would be great if I was writing. I'm not most of the time because of the baby. He's teething and occasionally miserable these days ....more

When the tragedy is local and the horror is real

In the past 48 hours, there have been two horrific stories here locally in the news, the type of news stories that are too awful to believe that they could ever possibly be real.The first, a story about a mentally disturbed man, off his medications and unhinged. His condition, a known problem, his child, already removed from his custody.He killed his father, stabbed his mother, then killed himself.The second, the story of a woman, 7 months pregnant, who went to a home here in town to pick up baby clothing in answer to a craigslist ad. Instead, she was beaten ....more

So terribly accountable

His chest heaves with sighs every so often, as though he's letting me know that he isn't fully asleep. To say that this boy is taxing would be an understatement.I'm typing this from the floor because I know that if I get up, if I walk past him, if I create even the slightest draft or shadow that crosses his body, he'll know. The eyes will be open, and the dance will begin all over again.The dance that we do, him and I.I'm tired, but it is a tired that I know well ....more

I just solved the problem with the internet

Around 5:30 this morning, as the baby was nursing, I checked my email. I rolled my eyes and laughed at one of the messages sitting in my inbox. The title of the email, the one that I didn't even bother opening was this: It's OK Not To Like Pregnancy Even that early in the morning, I cringed a little bit at the overuse of the capitalization here, about the fact that OK is not a word....I know that my grammar is atrocious, but seriously??? ...more

Things That Piss Me Off Tuesday - the post racial America edition

I'm in a mood and there's a lot to cover. There's so much that there is no way I'm going to get to it all. So let's just see how this goes ....more

Don't Look Away, Donna Day 2015

In our society, we don't like to talk about disease. We don't like to discuss illness or death or pain or grief. We especially don't want to entertain the possibility that any of those things could ever happen to children.It makes us uncomfortable, it unsettles us, to know that there are children out there suffering.We cannot look away.Children are diagnosed with cancer every single day ....more