Vaginas to the Left, Vaginas to the Right.

Here's one of the things I'm good at.  Seeing the other side.  I do it in many of my pieces about women's rights...especially when it comes to advocating legal and safe abortions.  I'm going to try it again, here.  This is me, playing devil's advocate, tongue-in-cheek style.Let's just asssseeewwwwwwwme that the censure of Michigan State Lawmaker, Lisa Brown, was NOT a result of her having used the dreaded (correct) term, "Vagina"  "Hoo-hah."  Let's asssseeewwwwwwwme that the male Republican l … [Read more...]

Still Measuring Success…

Ah, Summer.  Poets wax philosophical about thee.  Children long for thee.  Lawns turn brown in thee.  I capitalize thee.  Facebook blows up with graduation and prom pictures upon the arrival of thee.  And now, I shall stop calling thee "thee."Last June, when I was just a baby blogger, I wrote a post for Catonsville Patch called "Measures of Success," in which I list and give an accurate account of my accomplishments and the importance they've played in my life.  Well, people, you know that em … [Read more...]

Time to Go.

To the Editor of Time Magazine,Rather than play into the outrage you so transparently tried to provoke, I shrug my shoulders.Rather than blog about the unfairness and insensitivity of your cover, I leave that to others who have done so with far more aplomb than I could.Rather than read the firestorm of criticism and debate that exploded in the blogesphere, I chose  three from writers I really respect.  One was a direct response, and the other two used it as a jumping off point to d … [Read more...]

Stranger Danger – Part Deux

Before I began blogging, I wrote a Facebook note about my experiences with "stranger danger" - first as a child, then as a parent.Yesterday, I met my local Patch editor for lunch and to catch up.  We talked about lots of things, but among them were a bunch of ideas I had for future blog posts.  (No, silly.  After my friend, Mara's aggravation with plagiarism, I'm not sharing the ideas here...)Then this happened.  The list of ideas went out the window.  (Click on it to enlarge if your eyes … [Read more...]

Mommy Wars, Cadillacs and Etch-a-Sketches

Oh, for the love of Pete.Okay, I am not a news junkie - nor am I an expert on anything other than being minimally overscheduled.  I just really need to vent here.  Bit of a tantrum - sorry in advance.Hillary Rosen and the dubiously-named "Mommy Wars?"  Eager to pounce on the slightest misstep, Republicans and Stay-at-Home-Moms are up in arms about her comments about Ann Romney.  Is there ANYONE who really thinks Rosen's comments were an attack on SAHMs?  That she was saying parenting is e … [Read more...]

Reblog – “In Their Corner”

I wrote this last May after hearing about an absolutely horrific, avoidable car accident in which several teenagers (one of them was an acquaintance's niece) lost their lives.  Some of them, slowly.I'm reblogging it because Spring Break is upon us, and after that, Senior Weeks, Prom season, then graduation parties.  Catonsville Patch re-ran it before New Year's Eve.  I don't know if they will run it yet again.I've made some new friends since both postings, and I am not egotistical enough … [Read more...]

The Accidental Seder (Phlegm isn’t a Plague?)

It all started a couple of years ago, when my hubby, kids and I were visiting my sister and her fam over Spring Break.  Okay, wait...it started a couple of weeks before that - when my awesome friend, Mitch, was reeling from disbelief that I'd never seen the movie, "The Ten Commandments."  The one with the NRA enthusiast and the King of Siam?  Correctly deducing that this meant I was a horrible Jew and had not actively been passing on critical knowledge (not to mention that great movie) to my chi … [Read more...]

Shadows

He does plumbing AND legos! … [Read more...]

Sea Turtles = Humans!

Full disclosure - I did not take this picture, nor do I know who did.  I don't know if it's new, or if it's been around for a while.  I don't even know if this is an argument any actual thinking human being is attempting to make, or if this guy is being filmed as an extra on a movie set.  Either way, it's going around fb as an anti-choice statement by people I DO know - AND LIKE - and I felt like responding.  :-DI considered a serious rebuttal to the implied nonsense in this guy's sign.  Th … [Read more...]

An Open Letter to Pro-Lifers

I could tell you I was raped.  (I wasn’t.) I could tell you I am a victim of incest.  (I’m not.)  I could tell you my life would be in danger if I got pregnant.  (Partly true, but for this discussion, let’s say not.)  I could tell you I’m mentally challenged or ill.  (I don’t think so, but let's please not open THAT up to debate...) These are some of the scenarios even the most ardent advocates in the Pro-Life movement might allow themselves and those they love flexibility where safe and legal ab … [Read more...]


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