Some days the madness in this world takes my breath away. And some days it simply breaks my heart. After the shooting at Pulse in Orlando, to say that my heart is broken feels like an understatement. But more than sadness, there is anger - and an almost desperate need to take action. To create … Continue reading Hope and Love Last Longer
Whether or not we like labels, we all have them. Sometimes we celebrate them. Sometimes we despise them. Sometimes we just try to avoid them altogether. Some labels are innocuous, like “female”. Some labels are bound to inspire judgment, like “feminist”. And others labels are impossible to shake, so we focus on owning them, like … Continue reading A is for…
There were no battles fought at Valley Forge, but the location is the site of some of the bravest actions of the Revolutionary War. Thousands of men suffered through months of starvation and disease, many without shoes, blankets or complete sets of clothing – because they believed in the cause of American freedom. It is … Continue reading Valley Forge: Bravery, Perseverance, History and Frisbee*
Does the Confederate Flag represent racism? Are we denying a part of our country the opportunity to celebrate their heritage by removing the Confederate Flag from public buildings? Are we making too much of this whole debate? To answer that question, we need to first clarify two things: 1.) Why was the Civil War actually … Continue reading The Confederacy, Racism and the Legacy of a Flag
I recently stumbled across this blog post from The Atlantic, posted in April of last year, in which a young woman explains her position opposing gay marriage. I always appreciate reading opposing points of view that are written thoughtfully, and I have to commend this young woman for sharing her perspective. And now I'd like … Continue reading Let’s agree not to legislate sin.
There was a time in my life when the overabundance of “political correctness” frustrated me. It seemed like no matter what was said, someone took offense. I was proud of the fact that I was not easily offended, and thought that we shouldn’t get so uptight over words. As I've mentioned before, it is okay … Continue reading Words Matter.
I have been home sick for the past two days – and in my weakened state, I actually watched the first 15 minutes or so of The View. For a show that is supposed to be empowering to women, I was genuinely appalled by their treatment of One Direction fans. The “ladies” of The View … Continue reading One Direction fans need feminism because…
Gentlemen, please don’t stop reading. I wrote this because of a man in my life who said he wasn’t a feminist, and I think he’s wrong. I’d like to explain why. I wanted to post this for International Women’s Day, but I was a little late. There was a time in my life when I … Continue reading You are a feminist. Yes, YOU. Go ahead and say it proudly.
I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy end to 2014. Here's to an amazing new year for all of us!
Like so many others today, I’m sad. Frustrated. Angry. There’s a sense of impotence, not knowing what I can do or say that will make tomorrow better than today for the community around me. I don't know what else to do, so I'm going to write. In an editorial on CNN earlier today, Safiya Simmons, a black … Continue reading It is not easy, but it is also not “complicated”.