The Preventable Tragedy of Jessica Upshaw

When the news wires revealed that a Mississippi Republican state representative apparently shot herself to death Sunday, the hurried rush to look for possible scandal was tempered with the restraint passed on to current day scribes by journalists before us,

I am a political columnist. That means I’m one of the writers inhabiting the great Washington swamp chronicling the food chain in action. … [Read more]

New Rules will Challenge Laws Surrounding Mental Healthcare

According to the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), those suffering the loss of a loved one could be classified as depressed rather than bereaved, which was the old approach to such a catastrophic event. Now, exhibiting such characteristics as loss of appetite, lack of sleep, or irritability for more than two months after the passing of a loved one, a psychiatrist could prescribe medications for something entirely different from what the patient needs.… [Read more]

The Unlikely Bully

About 77 percent of all students have experienced verbal bullying of some sort. But when asking students about bullies, has anyone ever considered looking at the least likely source: their friends?

Verbal bullying itself is a growing problem in school; the physical fighting of the past is slowly turning into the silent, stealthy, and sinister passing of words.… [Read more]

Honey Do or Honey Don’t

This month’s Real Simple (April) had a large piece on how women spend their time and why they seem to have no free time.

I’m a woman, I spend my time on stuff, and I seem to have very little free time, so I was curious to read their survey results to see what was going on.… [Read more]

Happy Boxing Day

According to Wikipedia:

“Boxing Day is traditionally a day following Christmas when wealthy people and homeowners in the United Kingdom would give a box containing a gift to their servants. Nowadays Boxing Day is better known as a bank or public holiday that occurs on December 26, or the first or second weekday after Christmas Day, depending on national or regional laws.… [Read more]