Monthly Archives: October 2010

Billboard Blight in Houston

I have not been able to take a picture of the most offensive billboards I’ve seen lately, so I borrowed this one from another town: While true, I’m not mad about “gentlemen’s” clubs, that’s not what is offensive. What offends … Continue reading

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Who Gets To Be Pro-Choice, Anyway?

Life is a continuum, and, as my hairline so helpfully demonstrates, always full of grey areas. What does it mean to call yourself pro-choice? People’s feelings about abortion, after all, fall along a pretty broad spectrum. It’s OK any time, … Continue reading

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Voicemail Time Machine

What is she’s drunk, crazy, or about to kick off a book tour? The 3 best guesses as to why Ginni Thomas left a voicemail for Anita Hill asking her to pray about apologizing to Clarence Thomas. Wednesday night, a … Continue reading

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Don’t Wait for Superman. Be Superman. Or Ralph.

I’ve not actually seen Waiting for Superman, mostly because I know the story. Free public education is both the greatest promise and greatest failure of our country. It can seem overwhelming to think about fixing it. The movie title comes … Continue reading

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The Transitive Property of Politics

You may recall from elementary school the transitive property of equality: If a = b, and b = c, then a = c. This works in math. This almost never works in life. As in: If Amy likes Bill, and … Continue reading

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My Heart Goes Pitter-Pat, Not PETA-Pat, for James Willerson

Kudos to Dr. James Willerson of the Texas Heart Institute for signaling he will turn down PETA’s offer to provide the Institute with “sexy” posters and other PETA-propaganda promoting the benefits of a vegan diet for heart health. As if … Continue reading

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From Awareness to Action: Five Things You Can DO NOW to Help Find a Cure for Breast Cancer

I worry that I may alienate some friends and allies by being so cranky about breast cancer awareness. I feel at times like I need to share my breast cancer bona fides, share my family’s medical history or personal stories, … Continue reading

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