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Flu, Colds, and RSV: Do Doctors Discriminate Based on Race?

It’s cold and flu season again, and we desperately seek to remain healthy and avoid the bug that can linger for two to three weeks.  Over the past month, there have been six daily absences in my daughter’s class, with some children confined to home with the flu for an entire week.  Our pediatrician’s office recently announced extended hours in an effort to keep up with the demand. ...more
@harleylebon I agree. Doctors know their patients best. And as you said, these recommendations ...more

Women and Guns: Gabby Giffords and Gayle Trotter Testify in Senate

Women became the center of the gun control debate Monday. A Senate committee heard testimony from big names in the gun control debate -- including an unannounced statement by former Rep. Gabby Giffords, who was shot in the head while at a public appearance in Tucson in 2010. Her husband Mark Kelly and National Rifle Association head Wayne LaPierre also appeared....more
As a woman, & a mother of 2, with 55 years of female friends, and family, let me just say; NO ...more

Countdown to Affordable Health Insurance

By Sec. Kathleen SebeliusSecretary of Health and Human Services We're starting an important countdown, first to October 1, 2013, when many of you will be able to begin to shop for health insurance that meets your needs at the new Health Insurance Marketplace at The countdown continues on to January 1, 2014, the start of new health insurance coverage for millions of Americans. ...more
While I'll admit I don't know all the ins & outs of this, I am very skeptical. Our insurance has ...more

Dear Feminists: I'm Already a Woman in Combat

As I watched the video of General Martin Demsey announcing his endorsement of women in combat, I waited. I waited for the backlash. The backlash from the misogynistic males who already have a problem with any woman being in the service, unless she works in administration or the chow hall. The backlash from the Bible thumpers pleading that we "think of the babies" and not place their mothers in harms way. But most of all, I waited for the feminists....more
A salute to you! And, thank you.more

President Obama's Las Vegas Speech Puts a Human Face on Immigration

In an emotionally rousing speech in a Las Vegas high school gymnasium, President Obama called for action on immigration reform. Just a day after the bipartisan Senate "Gang of Eight" surprised the public with its plan to overhaul immigration law, the President was careful to say the Senators plan echoed his own ideas from the campaign trail....more

Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard Speaks on Immigration Reform

Immigration is top of mind in Washington, with the Senate “Gang of Eight” announcing their plan for immigration reform Monday morning. The bipartisan committee, led by Charles Schumer (D-NY) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) unveiled their plan to overhaul immigration policy by emphasizing legal pathways to employment and citizenship. Notably absent was any discussion about family reunification or deportations....more
Each time we militarize "something" (borders, public transportation or just everything in ...more

Walking the March for Life for the First Time

I'm a 42-year-old pro-life mom, but I'm not the activist type. This year for the first time, I walked in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C....more
@Shellireads Just saw your comment. You might like to see a photo essay that appeared on my blog ...more

Lesbian Wife Wins Fort Bragg "Military Spouse of the Year"

This will necessarily be vague with some details changed. But back when I was a newly out lesbian, I dated a military officer who lived on a base. When I lost my housing due to a bad landlord incident (his bad, not mine!), my girlfriend and I decided to live together. It was during "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and it was no fun for me, living a forced lie. So imagine my thrill when I read the news that this year, Fort Bragg chose Ashley Broadway, 15-year lesbian partner and co-mom to two small children with Lt. Col. Heather Mack, as the military spouse of the year....more
Beautiful article. Thank you for sharing your experience and this inspirational story! I knew ...more

Racism, Our Progress and Our Problems

“As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation — either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.”                         -Martin Luther King Jr. This is a week to reflect on how much progress we’ve made since the days of segregation and how much farther we have to go to fight racism....more
I agree that social media has made things worse because people feel anonymous enough to say ...more

Hillary Clinton's Benghazi Testimony and the Men Who Fear Her

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave five and a-half hours of patient and thorough testimony before the Senate and House yesterday regarding the events surrounding the tragic deaths of four Americans in Benghazi. Not surprisingly, Wesley Pruden of The Washington Times published a smear piece entitled "Hillary’s Last Hurrah". He offered a photograph of the one moment she became frustrated with Republican Senator Johnson of Wisconsin, who kept interrupting her....more
@elaineR.N.  Much appreciated, Elaine. It does seem that reasonable presences in the media are ...more