Writing

Sweet Potatoes Galore

Several times a week, my mother shows up at my door, often with a problematic electronic device, sometimes with a bag full of leftovers or a few groceries, and occasionally, inexplicably, bearing a single sweet potato: “in case you wanted to cook it with something.”

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The Moon Lit the Way

It was the best sleep of my life. The moon overhead was a day or two shy of full glory and so far away from city lights that the stars were still visible in its brightness. The insects hummed lullabies. The wind blew the dark waves gently against the lakeshore, their crests highlighted with silver…

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Book Review: “The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off!” by Gloria Steinem

If I could conjure a patronus, I wouldn’t be surprised if it took the form of Gloria Steinem.  This book fills me with hope. When I first picked up The Truth Will Set You Free, I’d only ever read one other book by Gloria – her memoir My Life on The Road, which I also…

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Far West Texas Roadtrip

One of Tanya Tucker’s most famous songs asks God to let her go to Texas when she dies because it’s as close to Heaven as she’s ever been. I don’t know what part of Texas she was singing about, but this song makes the most sense to me in Big Bend country. There’s a reason…

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Here to Remind You

June 13 marks the twentieth anniversary of the release of Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill”, and like many thirtyish year-old women, I wouldn’t have made it through without the rock star my mother used to say sounded like a yodeling hippie.   But Alanis taught us it was okay to be angry, information that got…

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What’s Wrong with the Redskins?

I’m so comfortable in my whiteness that I can afford to mock my race because I don’t stand to lose anything by it. I have de facto respect that I don’t have to fight for. Meanwhile, Native Americans still struggle for a modicum of the inherent respect I take for granted.

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Abortion and Obamacare

President Obama’s healthcare reform act is one of the most significant pieces of legislation for women’s healthcare in decades. It expands coverage to over 10 million low-income women.  Pregnancy, previous cesarean sections and sexual and physical abuse can no longer be treated as pre-existing conditions. And women across the country now have easier access to…

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For Same-Sex Couples in France, Marriage May Soon be the Only Option for Equality

Same sex marriage may soon be a reality in France, but equality for homosexual couples is still out of reach. Less than a year after French President François Hollande made the legalization of same- sex marriage a major platform of his 2012 presidential campaign, marriage equality is well on its way to becoming law. But the…

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