Vote of No Confidence

 I tend to walk out of the voting booth (or desk, now, as it were...) feeling like I should have done more research going in. I watched not one gubernatorial debate, and I am ashamed. Still, there was no question for whom I would vote.As for the other offices, do I really know if the person running unopposed for Register of Wills is the right person for the job? What DOES the Clerk of Courts do, anyhow? When the ballot tells me to select four judges and only four are running, is … [Read more...]

Anti-Semitism – To Ignore or Not To Ignore

When Joan Rivers died a couple of weeks ago, one of my friends wrote a tribute to her on her blog. Up popped an anti-semite in the comments. Still shocking, but no longer surprising. Anyhow, the question of how to react was the topic of some discussion among us friends, and sparked further questions worth exploration. I wrote about what we decided, and when, in general, it's time to start worrying about assholes like that instead of ignoring them.I hope you'll head over to The Broad Side to … [Read more...]

Fake it ’till you Make it

I used to teach 8th grade.  Voluntarily.  Middle school was a perfect match for me - the kids were old enough to get my humor and young enough to appreciate my goofiness.  Also, it confirmed my friends' fear I was insane.  I taught Civics, which was great for flexibility and creativity in teaching.  The kids had no standardized tests at that age in that subject, so I was basically able to assign whatever I felt best would get the information across.  I was DRUNK WITH POWER, I tell you.  This expl … [Read more...]