CAN I GET A WITNESS? Conversation with an Empty Suit

Our troops aren’t “important” enough to warrant a mention from Mitt Romney at the RNC, he says. Foreign policy is a “shiny object” by which Romney refuses to be distracted.

Fine, Mitt. Let’s talk about what you want to talk about: the economy. More specifically, let’s talk about how qualified you are, or aren’t, to make crucial economic decisions and formulate economic policies on a national scale.… [Read more]

Afterbirthers

“Go ahead and hate your neighbor; go ahead and cheat a friend. Do it in the name of Heaven; you can justify it in the end. There won’t be any trumpets blowin’ come the judgement day. On the bloody morning after, one tin soldier rides away.”  One Tin Soldier, Coven (1971)

“Someday you’ll return to your valleys and your farms, and you’ll no longer burn to be brothers in arms.”  Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits (1985)

If my Facebook timeline is any indication, the current Presidential campaign has been particularly harsh on my formerly-diverse friendships.… [Read more]

Fire Pig Versus Kindergarten

They tell me Gavin’s prematurity was due to my preeclampsia, but frankly, I think he was simply impatient to get here and get moving.  He is, according to Chinese astrology, a Fire Pig, after all. I remember hearing NICU nurses argue playfully amongst themselves, each accusing the other of moving our two and a half pound son in the isolette; we were all shocked when we discovered, three days after he was born, he was flipping over by himself.… [Read more]

Dispatches From the Homefront: Good Lil’ Army Wife Speaks Out

NOTE:  Poet e.e. cummings had an alter ego, a cockroach which would bang out poems at night on cummings’ typewriter.  At the risk of being diagnosed with delusions of grandeur, I must defer this week to my own alter ego, “Good Lil’ Army Wife.”  Don’t let the name fool you. If you haven’t been a military spouse, her rants may not be your cup of tea.[Read more]

Reclaiming My Inner Olympian: Redefining Myself in a Post-Title IX Age

I was raised by a mother who wanted very much to be progressive and forward-thinking and who, in many ways, succeeded. But she was saddled with a troublesome belief that you couldn’t be smart and anything else. She had a very compartmentalized view of me, and decided I was to be academic, not athletic.… [Read more]

PLAYING CHICKEN: Why Chick-fil-A CEO Cathy’s Stance on Marriage is Neither a Shock Nor a Free Speech Issue.

In a now-infamous interview with Baptist Press, Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy stunned the world with his revelation that, yes, he supported the “traditional” version of marriage: that is, one woman, one man, no divorce, do not pass “Go,” do not collect two hundred dollars.

Except it was neither stunning nor a revelation.

Chick-fil-A was already well-known for being closed on Sunday, ostensibly because of Biblical principles, so unless you had been in a coma for the last, oh, two decades or so, this shouldn’t have surprised you.… [Read more]