In the spring of 1972 at Madison Junior High in North Hollywood, Calif., math teacher Robert Odian, also known as “Mr. Odious,” wrote a math problem about six feet high on the chalkboard and asked Beth Marron to solve it.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to one another." - Mother Teresa
I keep coming back to this quote, partly because it never stops being true. But I also keep coming back to this quote, because we keep forgetting. I’m compelled to write today to implore us to remember....more
Amy, Amy, Amy. Boy, do we need to talk.
In general I write these clever little letters to public figures who have behaved poorly (Mama June, etc.) where I have a polite build-up with some funny ‘isms that really get the reader going. It’s kind of my thing, if you will.
Have you been following the hashtag #IllRideWithYou on Twitter? It's the latest example of online solidarity, with all the many recent discussion about how to be an ally to a less privileged group (think: #CrimingWhileWhite and the recent blog post by The Blind Side subject Leigh Anne Tuohy).
The way I see it, we have two options in wake of the national news: to talk to our children about police brutality or not. And if we tell them, which I hope we all do, we can go one step further and put our words into action. ...more
Perhaps you have a person in your life whose holiday wishes lean toward social justice, feminism, or diversity. Sure you could buy them a present at the mall... but why not give a gift that affirms their values and also supports an independent artist or a good cause? I've been searching the Internet for items. Read on to check them out.
First stop, the bookstore.
The media needs to stop calling victims of rape and sexual assault "accusers''. It implies that there is no victim, but rather a shrill, angry, mean accuser who is victimizing the rapist. It is not done with any other crime. If you are robbed, killed, kidnapped or pick pocketed - you are a victim. Why is a rape victim an accuser? Why is the universally accepted legal language changed? In fact, it is the people of a state that accuses the defendant on behalf of the victim....more
I have always been one to review both sides of every story, and review as much information as possible, before deciding what I believe to be true. These days, the media is so filled with biased reporting that I am surprised anyone feels they are getting the "truth". Most recently I have realized this by flipping through various news stations reporting on the death of Michael Brown. Wedding rings, Image Credit: Shutterstock ...more
[Update 12/12/2014: The Daily Mail reports that the one of the men beaten by Mark Wahlberg, Johnny Trihn says he was blinded in one eye while fighting in the Vietnam War and now would like to see Wahlberg get a pardon. --Grace]
Pardon me, Mark Wahlberg?
At the Massachusetts Conference for Women last week, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (whom I met backstage!) said something that really resonated for me, and I suspect for many of the mogul, mom and maids I’ve met in the last year. Clinton said, “Sometimes we women focus too much on our deficits.” Ain’t it the truth?...more