Do Children Learn Respect for Authority by Physical Force? One (Former) Teacher’s Thoughts on the South Carolina School Incident

The videos of the (now former) South Carolina officer manhandling a teenage girl for being “disrespectful and belligerent” were truly disturbing. The words of those supporting the officer’s actions were bewildering, at best. The realization that so much of this support was from parents, teachers, and law enforcement officers saddened me beyond words. Below are […]

Gay Marriage, Bristol Palin, Christian Hypocrisy, and Living My Faith

One day after Christian abstinence advocate Bristol Palin announced her second out of wedlock pregnancy, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriage. Predictably, conservatives are outraged over the SCOTUS decision…but not so much about Bristol’s pregnancy. These two events shine a bright, but not so beautiful, light onto conservatives’ (especially conservative Christians’) hypocrisy. […]

Silence Isn’t Always Golden

All week I’ve been trying to write about Ferguson and its larger implications, as well as other issues our country is facing. I’ve also been trying to work on the next chapter of my book (which is what I should be focusing on, rather than worrying about how I can save the world), yet words […]

Putting a Face on Obamacare

I’ve debated for quite some time about whether or not to tell this story publicly as it is a very personal one. With the mid-term elections less than 24-hours away, the decision is now clear. If only one person reads this story and it changes his/her perception of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, and […]