What I wish I’d had: Maternal mental health screening.

Image credit When I was pregnant nineteen years ago I wish my doctor had warned me I might be at risk for postpartum depression. Her words wouldn’t have freaked me out, they would have helped me cope when the darkness did indeed hit. I wish during my 6 week check-up (when I was at my private worst) my Ob-Gyn had…

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…

Lady writes in to insist on “natural roles” for women and men.

I had to do some serious deep breathing after I read this letter to the Orlando Sentinel. Diane wrote against women in combat, against women going against their “natural roles” in society: “However, feminists have shrilly begged for “equality” for so long, and now they have it; or do they? Not all women want it; nor do men. Equality is physically…

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,…

Kim Davis: At least we have this in common

I sickened myself as I cheered, celebrating this Christian being thrown to the lions. I watched the one minute coverage below and rooted the mob who piled on in front of Kim Davis’s desk, a woman who three-times divorced with two kids out-of-wedlock (not judging pointing out hypocrisy) refuses to grant marriage certificates to same-sex couples.   This was bound…

Heritage or hate?

Confederate flag’s half-century at S.C. Capitol ends – CNN.com Yes it’s true, taking the Confederate flag down won’t end racism as banning the swastika in Germany didn’t stop Neo-Nazis from bleeding white supremacy. But why would anyone willing to face the Confederate flag’s history want to add insult to injury? “The Confederate flag, we are told, represents heritage, not hate.…

The other

It’s a rare and glorious moment to witness a Supreme Court ruling that makes rights for some, the law of the land for everyone. I wasn’t around when slavery and segregation ended or when women were given the vote. My rights as a citizen were fought for me and have been readily available, although gender equality still isn’t done. I can…

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…

One reason I love life (but the point where my grace ends)

Image credit One of the many reasons I love life is the unexpected synchronicity that happens all the time…. Driving traffic-clogged I-4 at 6:50 this morning to get to the YMCA prayer breakfast, I responded (okay, yelled) at the radio because a well-spoken but clearly wrong (by the discrimination yardstick) Baptist Minister explained to the radio host why his speech should…

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