life

Yes, I’m a Feminist

Friday, September 10th, 2021

In 1862 the United Kingdom’s Parliament passed the first in a series of Contagious Disease Acts.  The Members of Parliament considered sexually transmitted diseases a matter of national security.  The MPs believed prostitutes spread the disease to the Armed Forces and weakened them. The Acts specifically targeted suspected prostitutes, not the soldiers, sailors, or marines.  […]

Vaccines are Pro Life

Thursday, July 1st, 2021

Since February, the United States of America has been making steady progress in the fight against Covid 19.  Public safety measures such as mask wearing and physical distancing slowed the spread of the virus.  We bought time for the development of several vaccines. The vaccines are highly safe and effective.  Government and private researchers worked […]

Trust is a Life Skill

Thursday, January 7th, 2021

Not all life skills are the same.  Some are more important than others.  One essential skill is learning to tell the difference between fact and fiction. We have to learn who is telling the truth and who is lying to us. If we don’t learn this skill, life can become pretty miserable. This week I […]

Barometer

Thursday, June 25th, 2020

In June 1944 Dwight Eisenhower faced a monumental choice.  He had to decide whether or not to risk lives of thousands of troops on the beaches of Normandy. He turned to the science of meteorology before making his decision. Meteorology was still an adolescent science in 1944.  Necessity is the mother of invention, and the […]

Not My President?

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

No, I do not use that phrase.  I do understand why some might.  Donald has done nothing to reach out beyond his own supporters.  Instead he does the opposite, going out of his way to sow the seeds of discord throughout our society.  His lying words about Mexicans and Muslims make my stomach turn.  His […]

Doctors vs Politicians

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

Life is complicated. We don’t live in a perfect world. Our laws should take that into account. In 1987 in Washington, 27-year-old Angela Carder was 26 weeks’ pregnant and gravely ill with cancer. It wasn’t clear that Carder, who was sedated, wanted to deliver via a Cesarean section, which her doctors said was too risky. […]

Straight Talk About Life Choices

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

Some straight talk from a friend. I didn’t ID her. Life issues tend to bring out the worst in conservatives from verbal abuse to outright violent threats. Ironic no? When I look at the abortion debate, I think of several things: 1. No woman in the United States has ever been forced to have an […]

A Dialogue: Obama, Contraception and the Catholic Church

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

The following was a Facebook conversation with a friend. As with all matters of faith and politics, the issues are complex. I decided to share it with you and let you make up your own mind. The format will be different since it was a dialogue. I’ll start with Thomas, since his post promoted the […]

Getting to 50.1%

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

A friend posed the following question.  “Shaking off the horserace mentality for the moment: does anyone know how the GOP candidate policy positions poll, versus the Obama record & likely campaign platform? Put simply, are these people speaking to the 51%? Here is how it see it. These candidates are like the local activist who […]