Buckets, take 2

A few years ago, my friend Rachel and I became embroiled in a possibly ill-advised debate in the comment section of Huffington Post. The specifics I’ve lost, the essence remains. Rachel was jabbing at someone about all the juvenile booby fun people have with breast cancer “awareness” and he told her to lighten up. (As […]

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Of Ice and Buckets

Just in case you aren’t on Facebook, don’t have teenage children, or haven’t been otherwise plugged into the plight of the white middle class, allow me to introduce you to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. ALS is often called Lou Gehrig‘s Disease, but its official name is Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and is a progressive neurological disease without […]

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Poetry Friday

Writing, especially about sticky topics, is a risky endeavor. The words may find the uneven surface of the reader, a surface comprised of personal history, scars, accomplishments, beliefs, and values. Like hitting a tennis ball against a jagged a rock wall, the words can return in surprising ways. Of course that’s the great honor too […]

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Calling Out Me

I refuse to reference the actual incident here since I found out yesterday that the NY Daily News sent its writers a memo on keeping their SEO Marketing in mind by using buzzy words. So I will choose my words carefully regarding the passing off a certain well-known individual this week, because this piece, like […]

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Six

I really don’t think about it much anymore. You might think that’s ridiculous since I have to dress my way around the mutilation every morning. And it’s true that every time a bruise or bump show up, there is a degree of panic. And yes, I can’t get past a ceremonial right of passage with […]

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Poetry Friday

The Lost Garden ~ Dana Gioia If ever we see those gardens again, The summer will be gone—at least our summer. Some other mockingbird will concertize Among the mulberries, and other vines Will climb the high brick wall to disappear. How many footpaths crossed the old estate— The gracious acreage of a grander age— So […]

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By Any Other Name

How to build a group 101: Find people who share a common bond, like say, self-governance and liberation from British Monarchy. You make statements about your values, for example: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Standards of behavior will assert themselves, or if your group is large, those might need to be codified and […]

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It’s July 23rd??

You know how the old saying goes… how can I miss you if you won’t go away? I don’t know what has happened to my desire to blog. Ok, not exactly true. I listened to Marketplace this evening while I was on my way to pick up my daughter.  It was an interview with Beau […]

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