The Double Bind Behind Hillary Clinton’s Smile

I made it through the second presidential debate without benefit of a drinking game. The next morning, I busted out a piece (“What ‘Criminal Minds’ Tells About Donald Trump’s Sniff”), which I later shared on Facebook. Taking a look at the Donald’s nasal commentary seemed a relatively light-hearted analysis, and I felt I’d gotten the… Continue reading The Double Bind Behind Hillary Clinton’s Smile

Mixing Reading, Trails, and Politics into 1 Impassioned Discussion

The universe sometimes provides a thought-provoking cocktail of issues that beg the question: was this a divine plan, or did I just randomly connect some dots? This week’s discussion mix: books, trail adventures, and wilderness politics. Let’s Start with Books I find reading well-written nonfiction to be a pure joy. Two books that fit this… Continue reading Mixing Reading, Trails, and Politics into 1 Impassioned Discussion

2016 DNC Proves Politics Isn’t Just an Old Person Thing

The Sanders campaign has given me hope. Hope that my passion for this year’s Democratic National Convention isn’t just some hormonal middle-aged fixation. True, I’m 54. Yes, my hormones are raging (at least, some of the time). And I’ve been fixated on the 2016 DNC, alright. Get Off My Lawn Politics When I watched snippets… Continue reading 2016 DNC Proves Politics Isn’t Just an Old Person Thing

What I Can Do about Racism

My heart broke as I watched Diamond Reynold’s video capturing the immediate aftermath of  Philando Castile’s shooting during a routine traffic stop. I didn’t think my heart could hurt any more until  I learned that Dallas police officers had been ambushed and gunned down by a sniper. This circle of racial violence must stop. More… Continue reading What I Can Do about Racism

Just Not Sports Puts Online Harassment on Blast

Do you kiss your mother with those fingers? I’m updating the adage about cursing for the keyboard age. People these days are typing stuff no one should have to read. And often, it’s female journalists who pay an ugly price for doing their job. A Woman Writer in a Man’s Sports World Online harassment is a real phenomenon,… Continue reading Just Not Sports Puts Online Harassment on Blast

What Do SXSW, President Obama, and Cuba Have In Common?

Answer: They’ve been talking about racism. For the past week, the news has been full of the Obamas’ historic visit to Cuba. In today’s New York Times, a moving article described the powerful impact of the president’s most recent appearance there (“Obama Looks Past Cuba’s Post-Racial Veneer” by Damien Cave). According to Cave’s article, an… Continue reading What Do SXSW, President Obama, and Cuba Have In Common?

Seminars, Sisterhood, and Shared Stories at Texas Conference for Women

Just the other day, The Austinot published my story, “Texas Conference for Women Takes the Town This Week,” an introduction to this annual event that aims to empower women’s professional and personal lives through education, inspiration, and shared experiences. Yesterday, I got to attend. Let me just say…wow. Here’s a brief run-down of my experience, plus… Continue reading Seminars, Sisterhood, and Shared Stories at Texas Conference for Women

Chickens, Love, and a Little Bit of Scripture

Let’s imagine, shall we? I belong to a group, Friends of a Feather, that reveres chickens. My likeminded friends and I find them to be fowls by which enlightened beings can model their lives; we hold these birds in the highest esteem, study them, care for flocks.  I need a job (somebody’s got to support… Continue reading Chickens, Love, and a Little Bit of Scripture

How to Stuff a Donald Trump Piñata

I’m on a mission. Surely someone, somewhere has a Donald Trump piñata that I can get my hands on, STAT! I have to thank His Holy Comb-Overness for the sense of fun sparking this creative entrepreneurship. (Truly, we have to focus on the entertainment value of beating up a goodie-filled effigy because considering the actual hatefulness… Continue reading How to Stuff a Donald Trump Piñata