How Far Can You “Lean In” If You ARE Pretty?

Tracy Thompson wrote a great piece on the The Broad Side today, entitled, “How Far Can You ‘Lean In’ If You’re Not Pretty?” It laments the universal inequity of the role of attractiveness between the genders. Men can soar in their careers being merely average-looking, but in order for women to soar, they must be drop-dead gorgeous. A quick look at some Forbes’ “Top 20 CEOs” lists confirms her suspicion.We all know this is true. It’s played out (of course) in entertainment to the nth degree. I … [Read more...]

Silver Bullets? I’d Rather Have Chocolate Ones.

A seven-year-old boy named Myles wrote a letter to Vice President Joe Biden with his solution for gun violence. Chocolate bullets. The Vice President is completely on board with this idea, because, as he says in his letter back to Myles, “People love chocolate.”Some fellow writers at The Broad Side had very strong reactions to this story. Danielle declared “If someone shot me with chocolate…they would be my new best friend.” Karen insisted “must be milk chocolate. Dark gives me migraine.” It … [Read more...]

So, Then I Covered the President…

Yeah, so I've been fortunate enough to have some of my writing published on The Broad Side lately, and the fabulous Joanne Bamberger (publisher and editor) added me to the Facebook group of contributors where she and others leave fodder for potential pieces for the site.Last Wednesday, she posted a press release about President Obama visiting a manufacturing plant in Baltimore, and asked if anyone would like to cover it.  And I'm all, "Hey!  I live in Baltimore!" and "Hey!  I'd like to cover … [Read more...]

A Fork in the Grass

The following is a conversation that really took place last week, with no embellishment on my part.  Allow me to set the scene:Nicky's baseball game.  Sunny, beautiful, breezy Sunday afternoon.  I was sitting next to our friend, Glen* - our boys have played baseball together for the last few years, and even though he comments on the articles I put on fb without reading them, I still let him be friends with me, because I'm cool like that.Anyhow, I had brought a salad with me to the game - … [Read more...]

Happy Mother’s Day!

Here's why I love this comic strip very much.One might read this and think its creators are saying, "Damn teenagers.  They have no vocabulary.  They never talk to us.  They never TELL us anything."I see something completely different in this comic strip.1.  Teenagers are moody.2.  Teenagers have trouble figuring out what's bothering them.3.  Even if they know what's bothering them, they have trouble articulating it.4.  Parents should keep their questions simple.  Like, "Trouble?"5. … [Read more...]


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