Category Archives: Politics/Society

Incarcerated: Parenting Outside the Razor Wire

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Single parents can face some difficult parenting decisions in part because they do not have someone to share parenting responsibilities. Having someone to “share the load” helps decrease stress, increase self-esteem, and reinforce ideas that what the parent is doing is beneficial to a child’s long-term growth and development. What happens, though, when parents are […]

Forgotten: My Daughter Is Mentally Ill

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Kamryn’s raging. It’s another day on the forefront of battle—a quest for my child’s soul. Hatred spews forth from her mouth, an eruption of unbridled anger. Her screams are deafening, so disturbing that our dogs flee for cover at the slightest elevation of her voice. Her anger is inconsolable and unrelenting, an endless cycle of […]

We’re Homeless: My Third Child Will Be Put up for Adoption

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I’ve cried myself to sleep every night for months, wondering if my children will ever forgive me. Wondering if I’ll ever forgive myself. The decision wasn’t easy, and I still try to balance the good vs. bad reasons for making it. I still have time; I won’t give birth for at least another week. It’s […]

Is the Woman Formally Known as Bruce Jenner a Jerk?

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It’s a lazy Saturday afternoon, almost 3 pm and I haven’t even gotten out of my pajamas yet. I channel surf while sipping my Coke Zero until I come upon “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” After being bitch slapped repeatedly over the last week with news of Bruce Jenner’s gender reassignment, it was just too tempting to take […]

Environmentalist mom trades principles for convenience

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Photo: Photo via Ned Horton. There is practically nothing as hard as caring for a newborn baby, and to have to do it when you are sleepwalking is sort of like climbing Everest in a skimpy nylon windbreaker and high heels — you’re just not properly equipped. I had earnestly studied the debate over whether […]

The Segregationist Agenda

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Photo: Michael Tefft The Tea Party is like the Ku Klux Klan “without the robes.” This is what Rep. Steve Cohen from Tennessee had to say about this “grass roots” organization, which had such a significant effect on recent elections. I don’t think anyone would dispute that the Tea Party, such that it is, has […]

Tahrir Square Presents: Children of the Revolution

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Photo: Darla Hueske "Mommy! Don’t ‘oust’ me! I am not an evil president,” said my six year old as a reply to my Allez! Oust! Au lit! which is French for "C’mon and get to bed right away." She associated the interjection "oust" with the English verb she heard so many times from me, as […]

Let’s Call It What It Is

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I have a fondness for the Separation of Church and State, but not all people do, and that’s unfortunate, especially when those who do not are elected officials. Abortion. Big, big, big issue these days. It shouldn’t be. A woman’s right to choose has already been decided. I think we can agree on that. But […]

Enzo in Nicaragua

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Photo: JD Roberto It’s with no small amount of guilt that I shoo away a kid of about 8 who approaches me with a, “Hello, amigo.” Enzo doesn’t notice. We’re sitting on the front steps of our hotel, me poring over the map of Granada and him captivated by the horse-drawn carriages that line the […]

Let Them Eat Cake

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Photo: Chris Devers Growing up in a small town in the Northwest, my greatest food concerns were whether Twinkies tasted better frozen and if eating cabbage soup for a week would really erase the memory of those Twinkles from my thighs. Flash forward twenty years and I’m staring into an empty fridge. My children would […]