Friday, March 2, 2012

One Reason I'll Never Live in Wisconsin

Republican Senator
Glenn Grothman
I have never felt the desire to live in Wisconsin. Mostly because I'm very much a "North East" kind of girl, but also because I don't know much about Wisconsin other than it gets colder there than it does here in Massachusetts (making the area very unappealing since I intensely dislike being cold). Another reason for not moving to Wisconsin recently hit the news when Republican Sen. Glenn Grothman proposed a new bill suggesting that children raised in single-parent homes are the victims of child abuse and neglect.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Hurricane Irene Devastates Amtrak Customer Service

Hurricane Irene over the eastern United StatesHurricane Irene ripped a swath of destruction from North Carolina to Maine during the final week of August but one of the unexpected casualties of the storm was the customer service delivered by Amtrak. The government-owned rail system extends more than 21,000 route miles, but employees at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia failed to extend some common courtesy to me and my family in the midst of the travel woes created by Irene.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Androgynous Progeny?

I read an article recently about Egalia, a Swedish preschool that refuses to use gender identifiers when referring to the children enrolled in their program. Instead, children are referred to as "friend" and visitors, such as a firefighter who recently visited as part of a series on careers, are referred to by the made-up pronoun, "hen", instead of the Swedish "han" and "hon" (the equivalent of "he" and "she" in English).

On first thought, I found it kinda weird, but not necessarily a bad idea. The underlying theory is the children are released from the standards and expectations placed on them by society because of their gender. Girls are pretty and boys are strong. Girls wear dresses and boys wear pants. Girls play with dolls and boys play with trucks. These rules do not apply to children at Egalia preschool.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Jack Kevorkian - Death of controversy? Or controversial death?

A controversial man is laid to rest never having completed the work he sacrificed his career for. Jack Kevorkian, nicknamed Dr. Death by the media, died at 2:30 a.m. on June 3, 2011, almost 21 years exactly after he gained notoriety for helping Janet Adkins end her life in the back of his van in a quiet park in Detroit, MI. He spent his life as an advocate for physician-assisted suicide and described it as a compassionate act and a mercy that eased the suffering of terminally ill patients.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Happy Memorial Day? Hmmm… maybe not

As is usual, I posted my daily Quote of the Day on my Facebook page Monday (a thoughtful quote on freedom by our former president, Ronald Regan) and at the end, wished everyone a Happy Memorial Day. After all, it was a holiday and that is what you do on holidays, isn’t it? Then a reader and long-time friend of mine responded and made me think. (That is one of my favorite things about my readers!) 

Is it appropriate to wish others a “Happy” Memorial Day?

Friday, May 27, 2011

Hitting The Mark... Jason Pinter

A friend recently gave my husband and me a copy of The Mark by Jason Pinter. I had never heard of him before and had not had the opportunity to read his work, but he has quickly become a delightful addition to my regular list of authors. His style is easy to read and reaches through the pages to pull the reader into the story. Henry Parker, an ambitious young New York journalist, is a well-developed and believable character with a self-deprecating style that endears him to the reader within the first couple of pages. I was even more excited when I realized The Mark was the first in a series of books following Henry as he inadvertently finds himself smack in the middle of some hairy situations.

Monday, May 23, 2011

THINK! - Looking for someone to blame?

Needle ExchangeKatie Granju is a popular mommy blogger, author and activist who lost her son, Henry, to a drug overdose last year at the tender age of 17. Henry struggled with addiction throughout his teen years. He attended rehab programs with the support of his family but still could not seem to kick the habit. He was attacked and severely beaten and he overdosed on drugs before being taken to an area hospital where he died on May 31, 2010.