Planet Fitness Protects Transgenders, But Tough Luck for Ordinary Women

A gym locker room can be a dangerous place for a woman.In New Hampton, Iowa, a 17-year-old girl was raped in May 2014 in the boys' locker room at her local high school. In the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights, a male student was convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in his high school locker room.  In October 2014, the student, who was 16 years old at the time of the incident, was convicted of one count of rape and two counts of kidnapping in connection with the … [Read more...]

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“Make Lunch Meaningful”: One Father’s Timeless Gift to His Daughter

Napkin Notes

Dads with daughters:  Get ready to be inspired.  This is for you.Garth Callaghan began writing "Napkin Notes" for his daughter Emma when she was five years old.  Little one-liners, they offered encouragement, made her smile, made her think, made her know how much she was loved.  The daily notes, tucked into her school lunchbox, included quotes from Mark Twain and Maya Angelou and Erma Bombeck and more.It became a happy tradition:  Garth turned out a personal note every day.  Emma loved th … [Read more...]

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Brittany Maynard Revisited: Looks Like She’s Still Got Dying on Her Mind

Sadly, it appears that I spoke too soon yesterday when I told you that Brittany Maynard didn't want to die.What Brittany meant to say was that she didn't want to die on Saturday.  But dying-- Well, yes, she's still got that very much in mind. *     *     *     *     * The terminal cancer patient released a new video Wednesday night, explaining that “I still feel good enough, and I still have enough joy, and I still laugh and smile with my family and friends enough that it doesn’t seem like … [Read more...]

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