Americana Family: Trends in Childbirth and Rearing for Millennials

When it comes to Millennials, those between the ages of 23 and 34, ideas about child birthing and rearing tend to deviate from earlier generations. Trends in these aspects of having and raising children will inevitably tend to change with prevailing attitudes. Since Millennials place different values on what is important, as concerns their children, it is understandable that they will endeavor to indulge a new generation of children with these values.… [Read more]

The Story of Aaron Swartz and What Entrepreneurs Should Learn From Him

Aaron Swartz was, in addition to being a young man of conscience, a poster child for the terms “computer whiz” and “child prodigy”. He was still just a child of 12 when he created the Info Network, a forerunner of Wikipedia, and by the age of 13, he’d already become a co-founder of Reddit and one of the authors of Creative Commons(1).… [Read more]

Dangerous Thinking Towards the LGBT Community

Former and possibly future presidential candidate Rick Perry touched off a firestorm of criticism last week when he compared homosexuality to alcoholism. Even though it does seem a little click-baity to suggest Perry meant homosexuality is exactly like a debilitating, family destroying disease, what he actually said after he was asked if he believed homosexuality was a disorder or not isn’t much better than what the headlines suggest.… [Read more]

The 3 Deadliest Drugs in America

Even before Colorado Amendment 64 was passed, there had been a long-standing public debate concerning the illegality of marijuana. The public support for marijuana decriminalization has been noticeably strong, especially since Colorado legalized the drug recreationally for those 21 and older. Popular media outlets tend to touch on the topic frequently, often highlighting how the country’s public opinion is currently in favor of decriminalization.… [Read more]

Any More Word On Bringing Back Our Girls?

The conditions in Nigeria have recently become rather frightening. In many parts of the country Islamic extremists are becoming stronger, and that makes it very dangerous for anyone who’s involved with Western culture in any way. On April 15, 2014, 276 Nigerian girls between the ages of 16 and 18 were abducted from their school in the city of Chibok, where they were about take their Senior School Certificate Examination.… [Read more]

Western Washington University: The School That Wants to Become “Less White”

A controversial questionnaire has recently appeared in the media as Western Washington University contemplates ways to diversify its student body. Specifically, the school-wide survey posed a question prompting respondents to brainstorm ways to make their student body “less white.” This controversial question carries the message University President Bruce Shepard has been supporting in recent speeches and blogs.… [Read more]

Women’s Rights Around the World

Women’s rights, as understood by American women, are often limited to what impacts us immediately. At times, we have a narrowed point of view that unintentionally excludes the experiences of women in other parts of the world. In truth, women’s rights are a global  fight, impacting women of various ethnic groups, religions and economic standings.

As a woman traveling around the world, it may only then become clear how different the status of women is from region to region.… [Read more]

Homeless

This week’s “Say It In Song” pick is “Homeless,”performed by Paul Simon on the album Graceland.

“Strong wind destroy our home Many dead, tonight it could be you Strong wind, strong wind Many dead, tonight it could be you”

On any given night in this country, 700,000 to 2 million people are homeless.… [Read more]

“We can bomb the world to pieces, but…”

“We can bomb the world to pieces, but we can’t bomb it into peace.”… [Read more]

A Day to Give Back: National Day of Service

“Everyone can be great because anyone can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t even have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve… You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 15th marked what would have been Dr.… [Read more]

Passing Blame: On Doubt and Being an Activist

Recently I’ve had a lot of conversations with other activists where we’ve voiced our experiences in persistent doubt, especially when it comes to our judgement of others. It seems that many of us have a (metaphorical) voice in our heads constantly asking ‘Are you sure?’ ‘What if you’re wrong?’ etc. etc.

Needless to say, while constant questioning has its merits, doubting yourself in the middle of a meeting with a high-ranking official can be a little problematic.… [Read more]

Take a Bow, It’s Good For You

Have you ever seen magic happen?  Real life magic that only happens when true love or persistence or, in this case, theater occurs?  For the past two weeks I have watched a show that I’ve been working on since November go up on stage.  The organization that I work for provides theater and visual arts for youth and adults with disabilities, so most of the actors have a disability of some kind –  physical, mental or emotional.… [Read more]