Freedom of Religion and Obamacare: The Hobby Lobby Decision Explained

Because I feel it's necessary, based on all the misinformation and puzzlement I have been hearing, here is a plain-English explanation of what went down at the United States Supreme Court last week. I hope it will explain for laypersons, in and out of the United States, what everyone is talking about, with as little politicizing and legalese as possible. (If you're a regular reader, you already know what I think.) ...more

But what about the women who WANT to have babies?

With all the news lately about “women’s issues” and women’s rights, there is an important point that is severely lacking attention and leaving me feeling frustrate, saddened and even angry....more
TerriLynnMerritts Unfortunately your story is similar to many American women, except you had the ...more

The Warmth of Freedom

Communist Romania.  July 4th, 1976.The same year that Nadia Comaneci won the Olympic gold medal for Romania and scored the 1st perfect 10.I, along with 35 other sweaty college choir members, was singing the National Anthem in the middle of a very warm, unairconditioned hotel lobby in that country.Tears welling up in my eyes like never before....more

Baby, You're a Firework

  Happy Independence Day, America!  I'll see you all back here on Monday....more

Let Freedom Ring...(on your cell phone)

Do you realize how lucky we are, I mean you have some kind of device whether it be a computer, a tablet or a phone with which to read this.  You have the luxury to read a blog!  I have the luxury to write one....more

An Expat's View On The World Cup

Somewhere in the past few weeks of the 2014 World Cup, I became a sports fan.Or actually, let's not take it that far. I became a fan of U.S. soccer.But let's go back a little bit first. It should be said that I've never been a sports fan. Like, at all. ...more

What does "corporations are people" actually mean?

In light of the recent SCOTUS ruling on Hobby Lobby and other corporate giants being allowed to deny women birth control within their health coverage plans because it goes against their religious beliefs, I thought a primer on the laws surrounding corporations as people was in order....more

Can I Be a Feminist If I Don't Agree With You?

I spent the weekend with some beautiful women. They were intelligent (like getting-into-the-best-business-school-in-the-country smart), driven (like being one of only a small group of women in their industry) and engaged (like being a member of the Peace Corps and a senior-level executive in the federal government.) Despite being heavy hitters in their fields, they embraced my lowly but admired profession of a blogger covering the wine-drinking and play date scene....more
I'll not tiptoe around this: I completely disagree with you about Hobby Lobby. I do believe, as ...more

Supreme Mistake by Court

The Supreme Court just made a supreme mistake:  They decided employers don't have to pay for birth control....more

Women are Humans Too

By Suna AkyuzThe problem perhaps with women’s rights issues is the use of the word women. It is a simple problem with detrimental effects to the cause. The word women is alienating to half the world population, and misleading to even its proponents, because the fact is, and let’s be clear, the issue of women’s rights is a human rights issue....more