Spring is the season for graduation ceremonies, where diplomas are distributed and dignitaries share thoughts on going forth into the real world. But these days, some people are really upset by who is speaking to whom about what. Take, for instance, that cage-rattling provocateur of fake news Milo Yiannopoulos. He’s incensed that Linda Sarsour, a Muslim-American political activist, is addressing City University… Continue reading Free Speech, Hate Speech, Graduation Speech, or Have You Listened to a Muslim Lately?
There’s a first for me this weekend: my workout plans include golf. No, I do not know how to play. Yes, I’m 55. Are the two linked? When You Love Being Outdoors, Golf Makes Sense It was a beautiful, balmy Friday afternoon in February when my husband surprised me by coming home early. “Let’s go… Continue reading OK, Golf, You Suckered Me In
This morning, I pulled out my piccolo and nervously fingered through some scales. I’ve laid out my clothes for this evening, and I’m looking forward to seeing my friends at practice. Done a bit of bitching about how hot rehearsal will be. And when The University of Texas Longhorn Alumni Band takes the field this evening,… Continue reading From Friday Night Lights to UT Alumni Band
The photographer was desperately nonchalant as he talked with the female reporter next to him. As I worked on my laptop, one eye focused on the TV coverage scrolling at the front of the media center, it was impossible not to listen to the conversation behind me. He’d grabbed my ear earlier with chat about running… Continue reading Does X Games Make Me a Cool Mom?
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
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?
More than anything, I love a good conversation. As my friend Patti has reminded us at the salons she’s hosted, the art of conversation is like a muscle. It needs to be flexed, trained, honed, and rested appropriately. I look at SXSW as an opportunity to be a part of many conversations; sometimes, I’m just… Continue reading What I Got Out of 2015’s SXSW