We are blessed this holiday season with endless opportunities to give to our fellow-man. The Christmas season is typically a time of generous sharing with those “less fortunate”, but this year you could toss a stone and hit a needy person! Seriously, you do not have to look far for a chance to brighten someone’s holiday. Now that our state’s highest court deemed panhandling a protected activity under the 1st amendment, there is a beggar at every corner and off-ramp in the county. We donate to them through the local soup kitchen and despite the convenience of giving at a … Continue reading Charitable Opportunities Abound This Christmas!
Yesterday a fire in a Lahore factory claimed the lives of at least 25 young workers who tried in vain to escape through windows that were barred. In another Pakistani city today at least 300 died in a fire at a Karachi garment factory. Trapped by bars on the windows and a bottleneck of panicked workers at the one exit to the building, many phoned their loved ones before the fire and toxic smoke overtook them. The back stairs exit leading to the roof was locked. Faulty generators are blamed as possible catalysts, but our own Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire may hint at another catalyst altogether – … Continue reading What Price for Work? The Karachi Factory Fire
In a bid to show ‘em how it feels State Representative Yasmin Neal has proposed an amendment to Georgia’s anti-abortion law that would ban vasectomies unless necessary to prevent serious injury to a man’s organs or death. Missouri State Representative Stacey Newman soon followed suit with a similar bill that also limits where a vasectomy can legally be performed to surgical centers and hospitals. Both Representatives cited the fairness of legislating men’s bodies in the same fashion that predominantly male government bodies have attempted to legislate women’s reproductive health choices. While women across the country are cheering for these bills, … Continue reading Birth Control Debate Attempts to Hit Men Where it Hurts
Even George Orwell could not have predicted the current level of absurdity surrounding women’s health in general and birth control pills specifically. What chicanery are the men that run this country up to that they are seriously debating accessibility to birth control in the year of Our Lord 2012? I feel as though I’ve stepped through a looking glass and been transported to a long-ago era before Margaret Sanger sought funding from Planned Parenthood to research a progesterone pill that would stop ovulation in the early 1900’s. This is not an issue of religious freedom or morality, but one of politics and diversion … Continue reading Keep your politics out of my sex
The 37th revision of my résumé combined with a smooth and confident demeanor gleaned from a multitude of prescreening phone calls finally hooked an interview invitation. I’m exaggerating my coolness, but if I think about how suave I’m not, I may never have the nerve to squeak out interview answers. When I lost my job six months ago I knew the job market was competitively fierce. I can read. But, knowing and understanding to the depth I do now are different and worlds apart. My belief that perseverance can overcome any obstacle was wavering and The Maker and I were having some serious discussions after six … Continue reading 5th Dimension Job Hunt Update
I assumed newly patterned duct tape was intended for art projects, but it seems some parents, teachers, and caregivers are using it as a time-out option. To be perfectly clear, I do not find the act of duct taping a toddler to a wall or taping close a teenager’s constantly running mouth facetious. It is yet another example of how any immature imbecile can have kids and prove themselves worthy of my immature name calling by posting Facebook pics of duct taped-kid handiwork. The absurdity is what makes me laugh, just like when I watch the dumb criminals show on TV. Teachers and daycare workers who are trained and paid to curb child behavior must have lost some of their minds to believe kids deserve to be duct taped. I imagine all those perspectives change dramatically when the police show up to let them know in crystal-clear fashion that they do not see the humor, nor find it justifiable. In 2011 parents received 30 to 36 months in jail for duct taping their kids and last week a daycare worker in Kentucky was charged with first degree child abuse and is facing up to ten years for taping a toddler to the floor during nap time. Toddlers are chocked full of energy and curiosity and they lack impulse control, traits that they will also exhibit as teenagers when it’s even harder to assert one’s authority over the independent hellions. I do not often judge other parents. I had my turn and made hundreds of mistakes. I defended the Mom who admitted to drinking wine the night that her baby was stolen from her home because Moms get blamed for everything. It isn’t as if she was breast-feeding. Wine and parenting are frequent partners, Continue reading “Duct tape discipline?”
Although how we say goodbye to the dead has evolved and varies from culture to culture, the need is as old as time, as is the belief that there is an afterlife. Even Neanderthals placed flowers in the hands of the dead before they sealed the bodies in caves 300,000 years ago. Memories rush in, clouded by love and grief, and although it is past too late, we appreciate them more when they are out of our reach forever. Honoring the ones we’ve lost cauterizes our wound, and we accept that the ceremony is for us, the living. It sets us … Continue reading Final Goodbyes