Chill out. It's just a cup.

O, Come All Ye Ignorant

Every year at this time, it is inevitable that someone (usually multiple someones) will say something stupid in the name of their faith, without actually knowing what the hell they’re talking about. 2015 brought us the sagas of the Starbucks cup, and the Simon Malls glacier. Two basically innocent incidents […]

Logo for Americans With Disabilities Act 25th anniversary

25 Years and Counting

Sunday, July 26, 2015, marked the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and my local paper made a big deal out of it with a whopping two op-ed columns. Both extolled the virtues of the Act, of which there are many, and exclaimed over the progress made since […]

I'd rather be someone's shot of whiskey than everyone's cup of tea.

Consider Me Bittersweet 1

Waaaay back in 2004, I had an incredible opportunity to write a monthly column for my local newspaper. I was just out of college, and retained aspirations of being Lois Lane. (Love me some Clark Kent.) The reason I applied in the first place was because it was an opportunity […]

Confederate flag flying

Not a Rebel, Not a Saint

There has been a LOT of attention given to the Confederate Flag these past weeks, following the tragic murders of nine congregants in a Charleston, SC, Bible study. I was as horrified as anyone to hear about the killings in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, especially considering it was […]

The Secret History of Woman cover

The Secret History of Wonder Woman – A Review

Even though this book is titled The Secret History of Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman is a relatively small part of the story, which stretches from the suffrage movement in the early 20th century through the character’s resurgence in the 1970s. William Moulton Marston, Wonder Woman’s creator, was an odd duck, […]

The Duggars

Is your Quiverfull or empty? 3

I have never shied away from my distaste of the Duggar clan. I feel that they, and families like theirs that reproduce without limits, without intelligent forethought, are irresponsible and a drain on resources. In today’s society and economy, it is cruel to bring child after child into the world, […]

Accidents of Nature by Harriet McBryde Johnson

Accidents of Nature: A Review

The first thing to note about this book is that it is set in 1970, on the cusp of the Disability Rights Movement, when words like “crippled” and “retarded” were thrown around with abandon. It is now, of course, the 21st century, and these words have rightfully gone the way […]

female, male/female, male restroom sign

We’ve All Got to Go Somewhere

The big news around here lately has been the failure of the Charlotte City Council to pass an anti-discrimination bill. The most contentious element of the bill would have allowed transgender individuals to use the public restroom of their choice (ie, a woman transitioning from female to male could use […]

Mickey Mouse has the measles

Mickey and the Measles

By now, you’ve no doubt heard about the measles outbreak that is centered on Disneyland, resulting in multiple measles cases since December 2014. Some of those affected were children too young to be vaccinated; the others were old enough but “chose not to be” vaccinated. This should really be phrased […]