Politics-Religion-Race

‘I’m still waiting for an answer, Senator Rubio’

From Miami Herald Columnist, Leonard Pitts: (Senator Rubio) I specifically asked you three questions: “What do you stand for?” “What could Trump do to make you say, ‘Enough?’ ” and “What’s the functional difference between being a bigot and just voting for one?” You gave me cricket arias in response. So let me offer some thoughts. Because space is limited, I’ll…

HuffPo: 6 Ways to Cope with Trump’s Win (or How Not to Make Your Trump Voter Relationships Worse)

Posted November 19th, 2016 on Huffington Post. My husband was worried about me as the election returns came in. “Why are you so damn calm? She’s losing in some important states and you seem fine. It’s scary.” “Because she’s going to win. I know it.” I knew it the day she announced her run. I knew it because despite well-funded,…

HuffPo: Oh How I Miss The Days Of Presidential Dignity

The problem isn’t just about politics anymore, it’s about Trump, the very-bad-no-good person in the Oval Office. It’s about the impenetrable bond between Trump and his most loyal, rabid fans who refuse to see this guy as anything but their nation’s over due bad-ass savior, and a victim of a media witch hunt. Perhaps to admit Trump’s grave character flaws…

6 Ways to Cope With Hillary’s Loss (Or, How To Avoid Making This #@#! Disaster Worse)

From The Huffington Post At about 3:30 am on election night, I moved out of denial and into the bargaining stage of grief. I sat on my bathroom floor and pleaded “Please, pleeease, God, no. Do you know what this means? My daughter just voted for the first time.” About 4am, my husband came into the family room and saw…

God Is Also Inside Planned Parenthood

  Excerpted from “God Is Also Inside Planned Parenthood” They were last night as I walked in to a Planned Parenthood discussion on “A Celebration of Faith and Reproductive Health.” They’re always there, the voices to protect the unborn. A few protesters waved graphic images of bloody broken babies and held “Planned Parenthood = Murder” signs. A man on a…

Sometimes, we the people are just very wrong

There was a time when if my well-intentioned friends apologized for aging racists who said atrocious stuff, just to be polite, I pretended to agree with their lovable excuses. Forgive that generation for they know not what they say! They know. A few years ago my sixty-something neighbor, a nice but tiresome lady, showed up at my door to gently…

It’s time the anti-poverty Pope blesses birth control.

It’s not easy to criticize the coolest Pope, ever. Pope Francis smiles for selfies, Tweets, says yes! to the Big Bang and evolution, waves from his popemobile and against tradition, washes (oh the horror!) the feet of women on Holy Thursday. I’m not Catholic but when this Pope speaks, I listen. I don’t expect to agree with everything he says but…

This Pope is dope

dope  adj. cool, nice, awesome   Title too flip for the highest Catholic? Just wait, some hip-hopper will pen a positive rap about Pope Francis.  He’s street. He’s of the people, all people. At least in tone, because when I stop swooning and take a look, his policies on church law haven’t changed. The Pope hasn’t reversed a single issue, birth control, abortion,…

One drop Italian and so, Italian

  I’m Italian-American, only one-quarter Italian, one drop. But that’s all we need to decide who we are, one drop. “… Barack Obama has become the most high-profile personification of the one-drop rule extant. That “rule” holds that any degree of African ancestry makes one completely black. The pressure on Americans of partial African ancestry to deny their European lineage…

Why this nation is so happy

Live Happy magazine reports that Costa Rica ranks as one of the happiest places on earth across a number of happiness index scales (Ranked number 1 out of 151 countries by the Happy Planet Index, HPI). When I went a few years ago, among the many places I’ve traveled, Costa Rica in particular, left a vivid sensory imprint I revisit…

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