Guest Posting at LeftyPop!

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In honor? keeping? line? with the upcoming Olympics, I've written about my favorite sport - Political Gymnastics!  Thanks, LeftyPop, for inviting me to write over at your place!  And, heyyyyy!  Where's my sucker???Click here to read the score Elie Wiesel gave Tom Perkins on the balance beam. … [Read more...]

My Strange Reaction to “The Book Thief” (Spoiler Alerts, People)

I went to see “The Book Thief” with a friend a few weeks ago. I knew nothing about it except it was set in Nazi Germany and involved a girl joining a new family.My friend and I discussed how we really do enjoy seeing a movie knowing little about the plot, as we like to see it unfold before us with no preconceived notions, and our reactions are genuine - usually finding delight in letting the storyteller take us to places we don’t anticipate. It’s a little like having a trusted friend lead you … [Read more...]

Happy ANYTHING, Okay?

I'm a little late with this post, as it's already the sixth night of Chanukkah. You may have heard (if you don't live under a rock) that it coincided with Thanksgiving this year, and travel, and blah, blah, blah - so apologies for tardiness. However, it is NOT too late to discuss the nuttiness that surrounds these winter holidays.  In particular, I'd love to address addressing. Not as in envelopes, but as in in greeting people.  Specifically, in greeting ME.There always seems to be a w … [Read more...]

Jew-ish

Perfect!!!  I thought of this about a month or so ago as a way to describe my religious life/beliefs, such as they are.  Jew-ish.  “Ish!”  It’s right there in the name!  I’m a Jew.  Ish. Kinda in the middle – sorta…That helped me crystallize some of the ways in which I am a full-fledged Jew, and ways in which I am kinda, sorta – you know, Jew-ish.  Hope you don’t mind my sharing. … [Read more...]

Why I’m Cheering for “Popular Science”

A little over a week ago, Popular Science published an article called "Why We're Shutting Off Our Comments."   In it, the magazine announced that, from now on, it would no longer allow comments on stories it publishes online.  An old friend from college posted the article on Facebook, tagging me and a few others asking our opinions on the decision.  My response was this:  "You had me at the title.  I don't even need the 'Why' at the beginning of it."I can imagine the protests to come - callin … [Read more...]

You Must Buy A Gun! Except, Not Really.

I learned by watching Bill Maher, that not one, but two towns in Georgia have laws requiring - requiring - heads of households to own a gun.  Kennesaw, GA has had its law on the books since 1982.  In a city of almost 30,000 people, the following law states:(a) In order to provide for the emergency management of the city, and further in order to provide for and protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants, every head of household residing in the city limits is … [Read more...]

Sympathy and Advice for the Now-Infamous “Mrs. Hall”

This was written in response to an open letter that circulated a few weeks ago, written by a mother of boys to their friends who are girls.  Please read that here first.Dear Mrs. Hall,I'm going to guess you've had a tough week.  Here you are, a small-time blogger (like I am) and one of your posts blows up in your face.  I'm not going to lie - I have very mixed feelings about you, the open letter you've written, and the support/backlash you've undoubtedly received as a result.  I'm not sur … [Read more...]

Modern Race Relations 101: A Primer for White People

Well before the Trayvon Martin verdict, I had seen, heard and read about white people dismissing the racial context of the case.  Some do this artfully and skillfully; others, not so much.  I've been wanting to explore some of these maneuvers more closely for a while now. … [Read more...]

Balls of Steel (Trigger warning – Abortion)

A week or so ago, I saw this on the "Being Liberal" Facebook page, and loved it.Today, I was driving down the main street of my hometown and got stuck in traffic for no apparent reason.  Then, I drove by the reason.  (TRIGGER WARNING - Disturbing abortion photos.  I am inserting many empty lines so that in order to see them, you must scroll down.  If you wish to leave this post, now is the time.)****************************************This … [Read more...]

A White Girl and the “N” Word

When I was in elementary school in 1970's Brooklyn, NY (maybe third grade?) a kid (who was white) told me I had “n*gger lips.”  It felt weird, because I wasn’t sure if it was a compliment or not, but I kind of knew something wasn’t right about it.  Honestly, I don’t remember how I responded.  Maybe I looked confused or maybe I tried to be cool about it.  I was seven or eight.  I was also kinda socially awkward and, frankly, just happy to be getting some attention from a peer - that much I do reme … [Read more...]


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