Doing the Right Thing – Part 1 of 2

"Imagine those poor guys over there. Every five minutes a psycho with a machine gun says, 'Let's kill 'em now,' and someone else says, 'No, let's wait a while.' How long could you stand that?"So asked Frank Shorter, an American long-distance Olympic runner.  It was a good question, and it wasn't hypothetical.  He was talking about the Israeli athletes and coaches taken hostage in a nearby building in the Olympic Village.  The year was 1972, and it was the first time since 1936 the Olympic Ga … [Read more...]

Is There No Way to Win?

I would love to get Anne-Marie Slaughter and Marissa Mayer in a room together.  They could commiserate about how their personal life choices are the subject of such public scrutiny and criticism.  They could play a drinking game wherein every time someone cheers for them to succeed they take a shot.  Every time someone insists they'll fail (or has already failed) they take two shots.  Before you know it, they'd be sitting back-to-back on the floor, totally blitzed and eating pizza and giggling at … [Read more...]

Dear Ray Rice, (A message on July 4th)

The first (and only) time I was ever in a room with you, I was unimpressed.  It was at Lardarius Webb's 1st Annual Bowling Classic.  This was an event he held to raise money for disadvantaged youth.  I was there because I bid on and won tickets at Casey Cares' silent auction.  (Casey Cares is a wonderful local organization that does the little things that mean so much to children with chronic and critical illness and their families.)  I brought my two boys and three of their friends, and they wer … [Read more...]

Women CAN’T have it all. Neither Can Men.

Anne-Marie Slaughter, the first female director of policy at the State Department, wrote a very powerful piece in The Atlantic about the pain and conflict experienced by women who were raised being promised the falsehood that "You can have it all!  Career!  Family!  Balance!  Health!  And if you don't, we'll be sooooo disappointed in you!"  In "Why Women Still Can't Have it All,"  she gratefully acknowledges the incredible sacrifices of her forebears, which made her amazing career a possibility. … [Read more...]

A Silly Aversion, A Serious Question

Okay, okay, enough already with the vagina.  Even I, with my newfound comfort level around the correct for term lady-parts, am getting a little tired of the jokes.  (Though, I must say, my favorite from this list of "Vagina" alternatives has GOT to be "God's Stab Wound.")Something I hinted at in my previous post, "Vaginas to the Left, Vaginas to the Right," was that I am borderline compulsive about seeking out opposing viewpoints from which I can learn, and from which a real discussion can b … [Read more...]

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...]


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