I’ve been reading … White Trash: the 400 year untold history of class in America by Nancy Isenberg (2016) Hillbilly Elegy: a memoir of a family and culture in crisis by J.D. Vance (2016) No matter what you call them – crackers, rednecks, trailer trash, white trash – white people who live on the edges of society are there. Often unseen by the rest of us, they live day to … Continue reading of time and money
I recently gave a speech to my toastmasters group centering on the issue of brain damage in NFL players. Now, today, I find that a local foundation will be funding a football program for middle schoolers. Newspaper article. I realize that football is still an accepted sport for boys. I was taken by the irony of the timing – the same week that I did the … Continue reading Concussion
Why? Why do men think of us as a different creature? It’s like we are a piece of gold – it’s not his – but he wants it. He’s not going to hurt it – just use it a little, beat it up and toss it back when he’s done. And once he’s done this, he secretly believes that the gold piece has lost some … Continue reading Why? Why do men think so little of women?
On hearing some of the dress code controversies, I am reminded of my own teenage years. One incident stands out. I was fooling around with a boy in Jr High (8th or 9th grade), and he asked me to wear a dress to school. The usual attire was jeans and a top. (The t-shirt as outerwear had not come into full acceptance at school.) At … Continue reading Mixed Messages
I visited Cuba in February as part of tour called “Havana Express”, 3 nights and days in Havana. I have wanted to visit Cuba since college. I majored in Spanish, and there was a warm and friendly group of Cubans in the community. We had a picnic with them every spring. Although I am glad I visited now, I am aware that these same Cuban … Continue reading A visit to Havana
This article alerts us to the need to change the state’s Freedom of Information Act to include all government departments including the Governor’s office. We will be celebrating Sunshine Week March 13-19. Let’s take the opportunity to remind the Governor that the Flint Water Crisis could have been exposed sooner, saving the state money and the governor embarrassment. Continue reading Transparency and the Flint Water Crisis