Unpacking

Trash cans in row

Trash cans in row (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Life can be interesting sometimes. For reasons I won’t get into here I found myself in the position of losing all my worldly possessions save what I could carry. I won’t lie. It was traumatic at first. I will miss all those books, in particular my gamer books, which have provided me days, weeks, months, maybe even years of entertainment with friends,. That said, after about 24 hours my attitude changed. When I say it changed, I mean, it really changed. Continue reading

Not Missing Out

The sinister children.

The sinister children. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I dearly love my nephews and nieces. I adore all my cousins’ kids. I treasure the time I get to play with my friends’ children. All in all I like young people. Some days I am sad I will never be a mommy. Maybe I will find that special someone and be able to adopt, but with each passing year, that seems less likely. Mostly I am OK with that, since I get to live vicariously through all those others. Nothing in the world seems more natural than loving kids, right? Continue reading

My Country: Right or Wrong?

Liberty Bell

Liberty Bell (Photo credit: KariRippetoe)

“I’ve never been loyal to anything sir, except the dream.”

Those words, spoken by Marvel Comics character Captain America best sum up my feelings about my country. Every year on July 4 we celebrate Independence Day with little, if any reflection on what we gained independence from. Oh, we know the textbook answer: the colonies’ independence from a “tyrannical” crown. Dig a little deeper and it is a myth, or Founding Fathers, great and intelligent men all, were divided and deeply flawed as well. We had many more grievances with King George than the obviously noble ones we all learn in grade school. Few teachers have the courage to inform their students that the Fathers’ biggest beef with the Fatherland was its insistence we keep our agreements with “savages.” Continue reading

Those Funny Words On Our Coins

Deutsch: JFK 1968, Half Dollar, Rückseite, E P...

Deutsch: JFK 1968, Half Dollar, Rückseite, E PLURIBUS UNUM (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Diversity is hard.” Sometimes a sentence can be painfully obvious and wonderfully insightful at the same time. Such is the case with those words, spoken with passion, and compassion, by the amazing Heather McGhee at this past weekend’s Justice Works conference in Albany, NY. The entire conference was great, but Heather’s keynote speech was particularly rousing, as she spoke of the runaway income and wealth inequality in our country and  how the various intersections of oppression came into play to create that. Continue reading

The Incredible Shrinking God

Pendant depicting the Dwarf God Pataikos Egypt...

Pendant depicting the Dwarf God Pataikos Egypt 664-525 BCE Faience (Photo credit: mharrsch)

June is upon us once more, which means, among other things, that the Pride Parades have begun in earnest. Today my new hometown of Buffalo enjoyed theirs. It was a fun spectacle, and always great to see so many queer folk and our allies out there refusing to be silenced. No more being forced into closets no matter how much some may howl that we belong there, or in hotter places. I was fortunate that my friends and were nowhere near those poor baying beasts, but out there they were, shouting their hate and fear to any who would listen. Continue reading

The Kids Are Alright

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Image via CrunchBase

Forgive me for copping the title of this post from a movie I have yet to see (though I love Mark Ruffalo, so I very much have to see it.) It was the first thing that came to mind when I decided to write about today’s subject. It isn’t news to anyone who has been reading me for a while that I have a problem with ageism, especially the copious amount my generation, and those older than us, heap upon the younger generations. Mostly I have concerned myself with the meme (repeated with each generation) that somehow this current crop of adolescents somehow have it too easy. Continue reading