Angry

Angry is the WordPress prompt of the day, and I started this by thinking of all the things I'm angry about, then deleted it all because it's not really angry I feel, it's more heartsick at the anger all around. When did optimistic Americans become so angry we're seriously considering electing a petulant 12-year old …

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My First Political Rally

It was a bit of an anti-climax, actually. It's not like I didn't have time, transportation, and belief in the cause, so I couldn't think of one good reason not to attend the Planned Parenthood rally on the steps of the capitol of South Carolina. The purpose of the rally was in protest of House Bill …

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Semantics: Because Words Matter

My friend Cynde had a genius Facebook status the other day, one which sparked good conversation and got me thinking - she really helped crystallize something in my head which has been swirling around for a long time, specifically, what we call something, the words we use, make a difference in how we feel about …

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Just like that, a Moment of Grace

It was the penises that pushed me over the edge. This endless campaign year which apparently started before my birth and looks set to continue until well after I am dust has been so ugly. Vacuous debates with no resemblance to actual discourse;  or meaningless, nasty debates in which no actual policy is discussed and …

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America: Better Than Donald Trump

Something has been circling around my brain for months now, accelerated by the shambolic presidential campaign in which it seems each candidate is vying for the position of Most Unbearable. One insists victims of rape carry their unwanted pregnancies to term, another suggests carpet-bombing the Mideast is a viable foreign policy, one is a pleasant old …

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Ivan the (recently) Terrible, Blanca, and the Politics of Cats & Dogs

Poor Ivan, Ivan the (recently) Terrible, Ivan the cat nobody wanted. Found by my step-son, Sean, the night Sean's mother died, he'd been abandoned to whatever fate befalls tiny kittens taken too soon from their mother. There was no sign of momma-cat or siblings, just tiny Ivan, whom kindhearted Sean scooped up from a dumpster by the local …

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Can We Have Honest Conversations about Guns on Campus? Please?

In the aftermath of yet another school shooting, we're being inundated with the shouting: more guns on campus! Let those with a Concealed Handgun License (CHL) carry on campus! Good guys with guns will take out the shooters! I held a CHL for the last three years I lived in Texas. I am a good …

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County Clerks and the Constitution

Ms. Kim Davis, County Clerk of Rowan County, KY, appealed to the Supreme Court asking them to stay a lower court's ruling that she do her job, claiming to do so impinges upon her First Amendment rights (SCOTUS declined to hear her case). It is the County Clerk's job to issue marriage licenses to county residents but, citing her Christian faith, …

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