Forced To Volunteer - Public School-Sponsored Chain Gangs

It's not overly difficult to draw parallels between government-funded public school and government-funded prison. Both are compulsory. Both are plagued with over-crowding as a result of poor public policy. Both are expensive to taxpayers. Both are institutions frequently ruled by internal violence and fear. Both screen entrants with metal detectors and have weapons bans. Both give their occupants little choice in how they spend their time. ...more
The biggest problem I have with my son's school is "the list". Only certain volunteerism counts ...more

Some Rules Regarding PDA

Several days ago I had the...um, privilege?...no, pleasure?...no, that's not right...uh,  repulsive nauseation?...yeah, that's better...to witness a couple get down and dirty with some serious PDA (public display of affection) at a local restaurant.  They were experts at performing the tonsil tango.  They rubbed various erogenous zones and sipped their chowder simultaneously off the same spoon and mussed each other's hair while swooning and smooching and generally making everyone around them feel utterly and completely uncomfortable.  Dinner and a show! ...more

Are Warranties Ruining Our Kids?

It's a pretty standard question when you're buying electronics.  "Would you like to buy the extended warranty?"  For a mere five or eight or ten dollars extra you can ensure that should your child in an act of random childishness crash, dent, or otherwise wreck their new cell phone, game system, tablet, etc., the magic electronics fairy will swoop in and save the day. ...more

The Possible Price of Politically Correct Army Rangers and Secret Service Agents

On September 19, the White House experienced an unprecedented security breach when 42 year-old Omar Gonzales scaled the fence and sprinted across the White House lawn (an incident sure to fuel conservative criticism about the Obama administration and border security). ...more

My Son Isn't Going To College

My son isn't going to college. I know I should be hanging my head in shame. Society-at-large thinks I'm a failure... and I've raised a failure of a kid.  He'll probably be sleeping on my couch until he's well into his thirties.  Or maybe he'll just leech off the state for a while.  Or flip burgers for eternity, just suffering through a miserable and unfulfilling life until the end of his days.  I mean, everyone knows the only road to success and happiness runs straight through a four-year university. Or does it? ...more

My Life Ended When I Became A Mother

Last week was quiet. Like freaky quiet. The house was calm. There were no slamming doors or elephant-like stampedes down the stairs or shouts of "Get out of my room NOW!" No one complained about someone else breathing their air or farting in their general proximity or licking their toothbrush just to be a smart ass. ...more
I'm kind of in shock by reading the responses. I guess? I can see where they're coming from but ...more

In Defense of Fat Doctors

One of the cool things about people actually reading my blog is all of the topic suggestions that get thrown my way.  Some of them I shrug off because they seem corny, or obvious, or too controversial (even for me), but this weekend my dear friend (who should probably remain anonymous) plopped a fabulous one right in my lap. "You need to blog about my visit to the doctor!"So here I am...blogging about someone else's doctor visit....more

Random Acts of Rudeness: 10 Ways You Might Not Realize You're Being Rude

People are rude. Maybe it's because I was born and raised in the South where people are super friendly and hyper polite, but I'm sensitive to impolite behavior.  (Or maybe I just don't like people so I'm always looking for a reason to be offended... which is probably truer than I want to admit to myself... although I will readily admit that I don't like people... mostly because they are rude.  It's kind of a vicious cycle.)...more
Cassandra@TND Yes.  It seems like such a simple thing, and yet so few people seem to know how to ...more

Remembering The Family Bed

I'm a featherweight when it comes to sleeping.  The tiniest of noises will wake me from the deepest slumber.  Noisy neighbors, passing cars, ants breathing...all interrupt my sleep cycle.  I sleep with a fan blowing even in the coldest months just in hopes that the white noise will help muffle the sighs of this hundred year-old house...it works occasionally....more

Same-Sex Marriage: Why Everybody's Right ... and Wrong

Lines have been drawn, the symbolic moral high road taken, and the demands for social acceptance...um... demanded in the latest showdown between Christians and homosexuals in the War on Marriage/ Battle for Marriage Equality. (It all depends on which side of the fence you're on. But everyone seems to agree that they are engaged in combat of some sort.)...more
janespringfield Good point.  And "Dresses for Jesus" is kind of catchy.  And I would definitely ...more