Tuesday, May 22, 2018


Lately, the endless stream of news stories about sexual assault by powerful men has made me feel pretty gross, not to mention increasingly worried. Staying positive, while being exposed to one grimy detail after another, is a tough sell. Even...
I may be making more of this than I should. It’s probably nothing, but there it remains, a burrowing fear that gnaws at me in unlikely moments. I suspect the concern is common amongst people in my age demographic. I...
It’s the type of news story that makes me queasy, the kind I dread reading and that implores me to scroll past when it pops on the screen. And yet, I can’t look away either. Without adequate words to...
It was bound to happen. It was only a matter of time before somewhere, sometime, somehow, the universal disease of self-aggrandizement combined with our unnerving penchant for voyeurism to produce tragedy. I read a lot of terrible things on-line, but...
This has been an impossibly difficult week. My grandmother passed away. She was less than two weeks away from her 101st birthday and in good health, but she suffered a stroke from which she didn’t recover, and passed peacefully at...
People have been making thoughtless, insensitive, sometimes stupid statements since long before the Internet was even invented, but never more than since it has been. Some of the finest examples come from Backfire-ers, as I like to call them. These...
I could retire tomorrow if I had a quarter for every person who asked me last week if I was going to write about the Glaze report. I figured there were enough thought pieces already in the mix, so I...
Strange what makes us feel sad and old. Did you hear that Toys ‘R Us is shutting down its operations? It’s closing or selling its 740 stores in the United States, as well as giving up its international operations, Canada...
To Stephen McNeil: I’m pretty fed up, so let’s just get right to it. We all get that your script says for you to repeat the phrase “we continue to invest in classrooms.” We get it. Every single question someone asks...
A few days ago, I decided to begin the new year by quitting Facebook – deleting my profile, deleting the app from my phone, the works. My husband quickly reminded me that not only would I not be able to...
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