Hey School, We Need To Talk

Ahhhh, that new school smell. It’s the smell of fresh starts, new beginnings and a few precious hours a day without someone needing something from us. Don’t get me wrong. I love summer and having my three kids home with me. But in some ways I feel like I’ve been on a three month bender […]

Why Boys Need Feminism

“Boy… You’re going to carry that weight, Carry that weight a long time…” -The Beatles, Carry That Weight You realize a few things when you bring a baby boy into the world. Your mind swirls with emotion and awe and fear and joy. You start to dream immediately of the kind of life your son […]

I Don’t Need To Respect Your Beliefs

Right now everyone’s talking about beliefs. Beliefs that prompted the infamous Religious Freedom Act in Indiana last year, and last week’s Georgia’s Religious Freedom Bill and most recently North Carolina’s wide reaching and shocking HB 2, along with other similar initiatives that are peppering the country. Laws and bills aimed at limiting or taking away rights. It’s supposedly all […]

The Problem With Girls In Math And Science

  Last year I went to a Parent-Teacher conference with my daughter’s G.T. (Gifted and Talented) teacher. She sang my daughter’s praises. I basked in her glowing words and swelled with pride. Until she said this: “She’s really good in math. Probably one of my best math students. Even better than the boys in the […]

Now’s the Time. Do Something. #1000Speak

“I look at you all, see the love there that’s sleeping While my guitar gently weeps” I couldn’t take my eyes off of him. I wanted to do something. I felt helpless as I sat in the backseat. My legs couldn’t yet reach the floor board, my pockets were empty of all but a scuffed […]

Be A Part Of A Movement: #1000Speak

“My place is of the sun and this place is of the dark. I do not feel the romance, I do not catch the spark…. and I will not be a pawn… for the prince of darkness, any longer.” -Indigo Girls, Prince of Darkness This week something pretty incredible remarkable amazing happened. One blogger wrote […]

Are You Angry Yet?

“Pardon me while I burst in to flames…” -Incubus, Pardon Me I’m growing weary. As I sit here in the safety and comfort of privilege, I’m weary. It makes me sick. My stomach turns as I turn on the news. I feel the tears of anger well up as I watch events unfold. I feel […]

OMG, Time Magazine- You Are So Cray

“Done, done, on to the next one Done I’m done and I’m on to the next one” -Foo Fighers, All My Life Oh, Time Mag. You’re like, literally, so smart. I read your annual word banishment poll yesterday and I can’t even… I love your witty and oh so patronizing list you publish every year. […]

Five Rules For The Jackholes Trying To Ruin Halloween

“All I wanna do is have some fun, I gotta feeling I’m not the only one” -Sheryl Crow, All I Wanna Do  Can we not suck the fun out of Halloween? Can we have one day? One day where it’s just about having fun and there are no guidelines or parameters or judgement or rules? […]

It’s Time For School Dress Codes To Grow Up

School is fraught with all kinds of issues. Standardized tests to pass, social and behavioral issues to navigate. Bullying. And clothes. Don’t forget the clothes. Apparently clothes are a big danger to our children. Specifically our boys. Well, not just clothes. But the girls who wear them. Their bodies and the clothes that they put […]