The ladies mags are here to represent.

I stopped reading Cosmo years ago – it was all sex positions and silly garbage to me. I never read Teen Vogue because frankly I’m not sure it was around when I was a Teen and if it was I’m sure I lumped it in the same pile as other “teen” mags which were nothing more than hot teen boy movie stars. Vanity Fair always seemed to focused on high fashion – and as a Gap and Old Navy kind of gal well – – I’m wasn’t their audience.

Cut to 2017. The gloves are off and low and behold there are journalists writing REAL stuff at these mags. For your review . . .

Ivanka’s nepotism is an insult to women from Cosmo

The joke that is this presidency, from Vanity Fair

Learn about Gas Lighting from Teen Vogue

Just enjoy this trip into solid, well-written journalism. Hopefully we can continue to see this trend and focus less on sex positions and this season’s shoe trends.

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The Matter of the Arts

I was struck by the sheer excitement my second grader has for her field trip today to the Symphony Orchestra. Maybe because she is naturally drawn to the arts. Maybe it’s just because it’s a field trip. Maybe it’s because she is wearing a fancy dress. 

Or maybe because the arts turns on something important in our kids in a way nothing else can. We do a lot of artsy stuff with our kids. They have seen lots of live theatre and they have performed in stages. So she knows the experience she is about to have. But even a kid who has never seen a live performance  of any kind whatsoever can be deeply touched by their experience. And it’s that experience we need for our kids. 

We want them to be tolerant and empathetic human beings. And we want them to be astute observers of their surroundings. Some of these qualities may help students earn a living, but their importance has more to do with students’ development into cultured and humane people.

The arts matter. They make us better people. 

Read about a study proving this very fact. 

Defunding Public School has begun

Please call your House Rep and beg, cry, plead for them to vote NO on this bill. It is the start of vouchers and defunding public school. 

Maybe you don’t care about public schools for some reason (no school aged kids maybe?) but please consider how the strength of your community and your home values are tied to the schools in your community. Public schools are the center of every community. In many communities they are the only sports and arts people have access to. Should these institutions be dismantled every community will suffer. 

Rise up. Say No. 

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/610

Don’t be distracted –

He plays the role of the buffoon. He plays crazy moron. He plays uninformed. 

Don’t buy it. Don’t believe it. Well – HE may we’ll be all those things but he is playing a specific role to distract and confuse us. The major headlines that would dominate a news cycle for days or weeks is becoming a quickly-disposed moment in your Twitter feed. An “omg, did you see that?” And it’s gone because 45 quickly dies or says something insane. 

But rest assured. There is pure evil behind this man in the form of Steve Bannon. The intentions are not good and we mustn’t normalize his beliefs or behavior NOR can we be distracted by his whole “sparkly object” routine. 


Do not rest. Do not relent. Do not give up. 

Love is love, is love, is love, is love . . .

This video -created by the Ad Council played at the ProBowl this year.

This administration and the Congress full of Rubber Stamping GOP’ers who are “Party-before-Country” (‘cept  Senator Collins R-ME, who appears to be among the few thinking principled GOP’ers) are out of step with this country. Look what the NFL of all organizations did. Learn from them.

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