The Lesbian Duplex 17: An Open Thread

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It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here also. Every so often, as the number of comments on a given Lesbian Duplex post becomes unmanageable, I put up a fresh post. I’ve added a “chatter” tab under my blog banner that will direct readers to these discussion threads, so no one will have to wo … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: Good Christian Lawyer Peter

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A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael Farris pp. 68-72 Gwen is now being represented by lawyer Peter Barron in her efforts to regain custody of her four-year-old, Casey, who has been removed to foster care for one week for observation based on bogus charges of bruises invented out of thin air by social worker Donna. But what do we really know about Peter? We know that he is a born again Christian who prays before meals, and that his religious beliefs prevent him from marrying women … [Read more...]

The Lesbian Duplex 16: An Open Thread

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It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here also. Every so often, as the number of comments on a given Lesbian Duplex post becomes unmanageable, I put up a fresh post. I’ve added a “chatter” tab under my blog banner that will direct readers to these discussion threads, so no one will have to wo … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: Meet the Foster Family

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A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael Farrispp. 66-68Okay, so you know what's interesting here? Farris portrays the foster family very positively. He says that "the transfer of Casey was tearful, but without hysterics," and explains that "the foster parents, Tom and Brenda MacArthur, were kind people who seemed to understand the trauma of all concerned." This seems to run a bit against the whole "foster care is horrific and scars children" narrative so common in anti-CPS circles. I … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: In Which Peter Is Good with Kids

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A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael Farrispp. 65-66Having completed their lunch, Gwen and Peter head back to the conference room at the courthouse to meet Stan, June, and Casey. Gwen and Peter made it back to the conference room before Casey and her grandparents. Peter stepped out to the clerk's office and used the phone to tell Sally that he would be about twenty minutes late. He asked that she apologize profusely to the clients and suggest that they begin reading their … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: In Which Peter Says Too Much

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A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael FarrisLast week we got to listen in on social worker Donna having lunch with her silver spoon soon-to-be lawyer boyfriend. Today we get to listen in on good-mom Gwen having lunch with dashing-lawyer Peter. In the upper level of the Flour Mill, Peter Barron was anxiously awaiting the chance to hear the story of Gwen Landis. They got outside seats on the deck of Clinckerdagger's Restaurant, an upscale establishment with an Old English motif. . . … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: Donna Tells All

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A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael Farris  Last week Gwen bumped into a new lawyer, Peter Barron, and they headed off to talk about the case over lunch. This week we pick up with Donna, who is also having lunch out. Two disparate couples discussed the same lawsuit over lunch in the Flour Mill that day. The ancient grinding mill, perched on the banks of the Spokane River, had been turned into an upscale mini-mall of gift shops and restaurants.Down on the lower level of the mi … [Read more...]


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