Dear Eliot Cutler: Please do the right thing.

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I like you, I really do. I even voted for you in the last election. I share your frustration with the two-party system. Unfortunately, it is the only system we have to work with at the moment. Now I’m not a political blogger. I leave all the heavy hitting facts and figures to my good friend […]

Are colleges and universities failing our veterans?

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Colleges and universities have long been known as places of tolerance and understanding. They have been the first battlegrounds in many of the fights for equality in this country. Colleges are places were movements for civil rights, women’s rights and LGBT rights flourished and grew and helped change our culture. However, today’s colleges are also […]

How an extrovert copes with an empty nest!

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I was an only child. This might sound like heaven to folks who have visions of only children being waited on hand and foot by doting parents. Let me assure you that never happened. If fact, my mother, when asked why she didn’t have more children, will always unashamedly admit it was because she didn’t […]

Veterans and their families have been angry for a long time. It’s time for the rest of you to get angry too.

For the rest of the world, the news of the most recent VA scandals is shocking.The media this week is filled with outrage and indignation, including replays of President Obama, in 2008, vowing to get to the bottom of the issues with the VA. For veterans and their families this news was not new. We have […]

The only way to end inequality is to keep pointing it out! Every! Single! Time!

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We live in a society still awash with inequality. It is all around us, every single day. We think we’ve overcome it. We think women are treated the same as men, but we aren’t. We think racism is a thing of the past. It isn’t. We think we’ve almost won the fight against homophobia. We’ve […]

Those kids and that damn music – again!

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Parts of this post were originally published last summer, but I thought it worth repeating this week!  Why is it that once some of us hit a certain age we forget that we also were once “those damn kids.” Why don’t folks remember when we were the ones who enjoyed music that drove our parents over the edge. […]

Motherhood is about choices, and the first one is the most important!

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Over and over I’ve started and back-spaced and restarted this blog. As the mother of four children by birth, and others by love, I usually write something heart-felt and moving on this weekend, about the experience of being a mother. This year especially, as my own mother turns 80 on Mother’s Day, it seems a […]