Crisis of Change

May 20, 2013
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Crisis of Change

I decided, about a month ago, that I needed a change. I didn’t know what…but I needed something. I think this is “My nest would be empty if it were not for the economy”  crisis.  I am middle aged, my children can feed themselves and stuff, and other than a job change last year I have been doing the same blessed thing, in the same blessed place FOREVER. I have always thrived on change so this is a sad state of affairs. But when you have a large family and a guy who refuses to budge from California? Lack...

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Memes and Poverty

April 28, 2013
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Memes and Poverty

Do you ever read something on the internet and just sigh? I have been doing that a lot lately. It is my own fault, really. I stubbornly refuse to let go of my childhood friends who, in turn, never broke free from the herd they were raised in. Don’t get me wrong, some of them are very good people. They just have this tendency to believe anything, no matter how ludicrous, as long as it comes from church/political party approved channels. Now this wouldn’t be bad if the leaders in question had a shred of integrity or, in some...

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The Irritated Republican

April 22, 2013
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The Irritated Republican

My better half went on a rant last night. A long impassioned one.  This is unusual for him. I do it all the time. Bend anyone’s ear who will listen about the things that are currently making me squint and mutter. Not him. He is a mild guy. And quiet. He seldom if ever waxes verbose about anything. He just quietly goes about his life, living the way he thinks is right. But, apparently, he has had enough. And enough has caused him to begin to speak out. You may have already guessed that he is a republican. He always has...

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Of Tiger Moms, Of Lotus Births, And Whether Pigs Have Wings

April 16, 2013
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Of Tiger Moms, Of Lotus Births, And Whether Pigs Have Wings

The time has come to talk of many things. Most of them no less ridiculous than the poem The Walrus and the Carpenter talks about. But, fantastically, things people take seriously. Things people believe in. Things people inflict on their children out of some misguided attempt to give those kids an edge. This post started a few weeks ago when I ran across a Facebook snark fest about something called Lotus birth.  The “lotus” part of that probably already has you muttering about new age nonsense. I know it did that to me. I wasn’t, however, wholly prepared for...

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The Other Side of Rape

March 24, 2013
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The Other Side of Rape

The media lately has fallen down on the job. Sympathizing with rapists, failing to sympathize with the victim, failing to censure the people who blame the victim… I could write about that. But I am not going to. It has been written and reported about. Over and over again. Sometimes well and sometimes not.  I am also not going to write about whether or not the boys deserved what they got (the answer in my mind is they didn’t get enough consequences) or whether their lives are effectively over (they aren’t). I am instead going to write about Jane Doe, the...

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What If Obama Were Muslim?

December 10, 2012
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Obama as Muslim

No, seriously.  He isn’t. But what if he was? Or Catholic, Mormon, Hindu, Pagan, Atheist or Buddhist?  I ask this question not because I don’t think he is Christian. He was baptized Christian. He has attended Christian churches for most of his adult life. He  professes to be Christian. In the absence of evidence to the contrary — and no, Tea Party taken out of context video clips are not evidence — I choose to take him at his word. But what if I am wrong? What if he really is secretly a follower of Islam? I run into...

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