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Real Veterans on Veteran’s Day

It’s the middle of the day on Veteran’s Day 2018, and not too late, I hope, to share a few words from some real veterans, and heroes. There is little need to comment any further on any of these words, impressive reflections of wisdom, and profoundly relevant to today’s world. All came from highly decorated […]

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Voting Is Contagious

I believe every vote matters. If you don’t believe that, then let me tell you why you’re wrong:  Because voting is, in fact, contagious. The behavior of one individual can widely impact the behavior of their social circle, and  this particularly applies to political behavior. Being an evidence-based kind of a gal, I will show […]

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Can’t Blog Without a Free Press

When I was a kid, we would go to Guatemala to visit family. During that time, various and sundry military dictatorships wrangled for power, and we witnessed the Army searching people, bombing homes. Family members were murdered. The press was censored at best, controlled at worst. Journalists risked their lives to report the truth. Journalists […]

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Physicians Are Standing Up and Speaking Out

If any physician suspects that a child (or an elder) is being abused, they are legally required to call the appropriate authorities. When Washington D.C. pediatrician Sanjiv Sriram saw that children were being abused, he did just that. He called Child Protective Services… on the Trump administration. In his excellent, informative article on this, he […]

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Memorial Day, Explained Better Than I Could

“Memorial day quotes” is a thing. People are seriously seeking inspiration and meaning on this holiday. I thought it would be difficult to find a few good, powerful, slightly subversive and yet unarguably patriotic quotes from respectable famous people. But no: this was easy, and fun, and thought-provoking. Here’s some strong words, and images to […]

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Science vs. Bullshit: Dr. Jen Gunter battles falsehood with facts, again

I hesitated  for about a millisecond before placing that swear word in the title. But it’s the least I can do to honor my favorite F-bomb-tossing social-media-savvy OB/GYN. Dr. Gunter has enjoyed some solidly positive news coverage for her lively Twitter takedown of GOOP, Gwyneth Paltrow’s exploitative, pseudoscientific feminine products company. Lately, however, she has […]

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I’m at a loss here. 

It’s August. I did have a few summery, lighthearted posts lined up.  But then we had serious threats of nuclear warfare with North Korea, and I made the mistake of reading this potentially useful article about how to survive after an atomic bomb detonates near you. “Near” being rather broadly defined. I read it before bed […]

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Real Heroes

Memorial Day is a holiday for honoring those who died for our country, and traditionally, we remember all the men and women who gave their lives while serving in the United States military: real heroes.  Then, this weekend: the Oregon MAX train attack. A promising college graduate and a twenty- three year Army veteran were […]

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parenting
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Quality American Civics Lesson

“Mama, this is a very pretty march! So many people are wearing pink, and so many signs are pink, and even have kitties on them!” So observed my five-year-old girlie-girl daughter yesterday, Saturday, January 21st. There were marches in support of women’s rights (and everyone’s rights) all over the world yesterday, and one of the […]

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What would I do if I saw someone being harassed? A story and a guide.

Friday evening on the subway ride home, I witnessed something that made me uncomfortable, and compelled me to step forward. Was it harassment? Was it a hate crime? Was it any kind of an attack? Not… quite. Was one human being singled out from the crowd and made to feel like crap for something completely […]

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