The Game of Life - Saudi-style

I woke up this morning with an epiphany! I’m going to create a game! ...more

Supporting Your Burden

As many good discussions start, this one was originated on Facebook.  There's a poll asking what people think of Universal Health Care and/or Obama's plan.  I've always been a proponent of making health care a government mandated program.  This, of course, is unpopular, particularly in Alabama and amongst my more conservative friends. ...more


My children and I have been on Medicaid, on and off, for many years.  First, due to my ex-spouse's unemployment, and then as a single mom/student.  I have never had one single complaint - eve ...more

"Don't Ask Don't Tell" Policy Moving Toward a Congressional Vote

Separate initiatives by the House and Senate make it likely that the 16-year-old policy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" which bars homosexual people from serving openly in the US Armed Forces, will come to a vote sometime this fall. The policy, first imposed by Pres. Clinton and Congress in 1993, allows gays and lesbians to serve as long as they remain closeted. Since its imposition, more than 13,000 service people have been separated from the service because of their sexual orientation, and the policy has come under increasing fire, even from high-ranking retired military leaders and former Pres. Clinton himself. ...more

Not only is this a wonderful article, but I just wanted to give a shout out to Kim Pearson who ...more

And That's the Way It Was: Remembering Walter Cronkite

The first time I saw Walter Cronkite in person was during the Chicago Democratic Convention of 1968. The one with the riots.  I was still working in the McCarthy Campaign then.  He was anchoring CBS coverage and some kind producer had taken pity on me and let me into the CBS suite at the Hilton. ...more

Hey Cynthia - I met Mr. Cronkite one time over lunch about a decade ago. It's a favorite ...more

Obama's Visit to Ghana Sparks Celebrations, Unanswered Questions

At the end of a week-long tour that included meetings with Russian leaders, attending the G8 Summit and an audience with Pope Benedict, Pres. Barack Obama generated both excitement and sharp questions with an overnight stop in Ghana and a speech to that country's Parliament. While the speech did not attract the attention of his so-called speech to the Muslim world earlier this year, the importance of US policy toward Africa is difficult to overstate. ...more

Womenomics: That Pesky Work-Balance Issue and the Anchorwomen

Last week, on the back deck of Punditmom's house, I was lucky enough to meet and listen to ABC's Claire Shipman and BBC's Katty Kay as they talked about their new book, Womenomics.  It was thrilling to hear them talk about the new "facts of life" - that, in fact, it's now good business to hire women and move them up the ladder, and to ...more

Cynthia -- It was so nice seeing you at the Womenomics talk.  Thanks for the kind words about ...more

Why are old people the only ones guaranteed health care?

Seriously? Why is it that in order to be guaranteed health care in this country you have to be in the last third of your life? The most expensive part of your life in terms of medical and healthcare? ...more

BlogHer ’09 Speakers in the News: Katie Orenstein

If there’s one thing that Katie Orenstein is passionate about, it’s helping women’s voices penetrate the largely male-dominated (by 85%) Op-Eds (for those not familiar with journalism lingo, that’s an opinion piece historically published in newspapers opposite the editorial page, but which has now translated to online forums, as well). Katie is founder of The OpEd Project, a day-long seminar created to help women find their voices and engage in these public debates. She is bringing a portion of her seminar to BlogHer ’09, leading two sessions in our Leadership track: “Owning Your Expertise” and “Writing Your Op-Ed.” ...more

Wow...Katie's coming to BlogHer'09. What a huge opportunity for the BlogHer ...more

The Depression, The Recession, And Library Funding

With the current economic situation many people are turning back to the Depression for lessons. What did they eat? What did they garden? And for bibliophiles, what did they read? Where did they get their books? Well, thanks to the NPR and Publishers Weekly we know the answer to that. Depression-era reading looked much like today's mass market offerings and that many people got their books from libraries. ...more

That's horrible! What about summer reading programs? And internet access for people who don't ...more