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Don’t Give Them Clicks

Just thinking out loud. Clicks count. Data is the new form of currency and clicks can make people and groups more ‘popular’ and give them more visibility and power. When you run across an article about a hate group, right-wing politicians, and/or their latest...

Bubba, Frances, and the flowers of spring

Ellie, I do not know if you will ever read this. Your father David keeps encouraging me to tell my story and I resist, mainly because I do not feel worthy most of the time. But this is springtime 2016 and I’m watching flowers break out in riotous joy everywhere I...

Guts, Glory, and thinking ahead.

I have a number of younger trans folk on my friends list. And some of them are righteous in their indignation about the increasing number of people, some trans and others not, that are being called out as they attempt to use the bathroom of their choice. I’ve...

Just Keep Your Mouth Shut!

A friend writes a column on a local news site. Today she wrote one warning us all to shrink from confrontations in the public because of guns: “Assume everybody’s packing heat” I am disappointed. And so it has come to this – sage advice from an Alabama gun supporter:...

Not hate – just new tech and jobs!

What are the red states to do now that they require ‘suspicious’ people to present their birth certificates to gain access to the bathroom? I envision a new law requiring everyone anticipating going to a public bathroom to be issued (i.e. in republican vernacular:...

Just too much hate

I have to admit I am angry. I am one of those “freaks” who you do not want sharing a bathroom with your daughter. I have worked a job essentially every day since I turned 16. I did all the things republicans preach you should do so that you are not a “leech” on...

I hate politics.

I am taking time away from my teaching duties – no I will never be able to retire – to voice some troubling thoughts I have been having. I am distressed at the extreme polarization that I see because of the upcoming election. While I can understand and support people...

Gerrymandering – Time to end it.

I watched President Obama’s talk to the Illinois Legislature yesterday and, among his points, was a call to stop the gerrymandering that is so predominant in our partisan country. Gerrymandering is the practice of drawing the voting district lines to ensure the...

8211 9th Avenue South and Oh Carol!

Just thought I would take a moment and see what Google had on our old house on 9th Avenue. Turns out it is still there and for sale - a steal at $34k! Reading the specifications I am surprised how small the house is - about 1100 square feet, with two bedrooms and one...