Are You Showing Compassion? Really?

Today's post is part of many others to support the 1000 voices that will Speak for Compassion. I hope that my voice is heard by even one person and it helps them speak ...more

What We Can Learn About Government and Politics From Rwanda

I know. Rwanda isn't exactly the first place that comes to mind when you think of women in leadership roles, right? Yet it is. The genocide was 20 years ago. Since then, women have made huge strides, with a female-majority parliament leading Rwanda to pro-woman policies....more

The Kindergarten Defense

A few days ago something happened that made me laugh and gasp all in the same breath. A kindergarten-teacher in Ankeny, Iowa got arrested at school for being drunk. According to the reports, a parent helping with the Valentine’s Day hoopla saw her with a can of beer. She was removed from the classroom and given a breathalyzer by police. Upon searching her classroom a bag with 2 empty beer cans and 4 full cans were found....more

I Don't Want to See This

Yesterday on Facebook, I saw a picture of 21 men kneeling on a beach. Wearing orange jumpsuits with faces turned down in morbid acceptance, I realized that what I was seeing was not actually a picture, but a screenshot from a video depicting their slaughter at the hands of ISIS. Instead of liking this post, commenting my support, or sharing it, I directed my cursor to the top right corner. I selected the pull-down and scrolled through options until I came to the one I was looking for:  "I don't want to see this."  ...more

50 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

My mind is reeling that February is here already and January is just a distant memory. Yet my dry, chapped hands and lips long for spring and the sign of new life. Personally, I am ready for winter to be over and yet we're still over a month away from the first day of spring....more


Cash-only businesses may seem lucrative in terms of quick payments, bookkeeping and simplicity, but an all-cash standard may incur a heftier expense: Customers....more

An Appeal From A Death Row Inmate Just Hours Before His Execution

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Vanderbilt rape trial charges

[Ed note: this post, as you may have gathered, is about the Vanderbilt rape trial. It's a little graphic. If, for whatever reason, you don't want to read it - then just don't read it.]-------...more

50 thoughts I had watching "50 Shades of Grey"

“50 Shades of Grey” is a ridiculous movie. Here are a few deep thoughts I had while watching it in a packed theater full of super-fans. Clearly you know the plot, and ending. If not; oopsie. Tongue firmly planted in cheek.-an all grey, raining opening. Clever.-Ana is a college student. We know this because she drives a crap car, carries weird notebooks and has  a flip phone out of 2004....more