There is a Sit-in on the House Floor Right Now

  Are you watching? I am. I’m watching. I’m supporting Rep. John Lewis and the Massachusetts delegation and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (making me such a proud Marylander right now!) and the other democrats who are on the House Floor speaking about gun violence here in America. We visited Mother Emanuel Church on our way back…

Open Season On My Sons

Photo: You see that hoodie now and you think it’s precious. At what age does that preciousness fade away? Every child is precious: Born with incredible potential and beauty. They are born with untarnished honor and worth. Every one of their actions considered to be the most important on earth. Children are a privileged class–and…

Oh Icarus, If Only We’d Read Your Story…

    What an incredible week for this republic that I love so dearly. It is incredible that we are in such a thick and prolonged cultural war in this country, and that we’re still debating equality and liberty for groups of people under the law. While I’m elated about the destruction of DOMA, and…

In gratitude…

  Today is a day that many Americans dedicate to “All American” activities: Grilling, drinking, driving, laughing, swimming, tanning, marching, diving, playing, running, eating, hiking…enjoying. We Americans live the most privileged of lives. And do so with the understanding that somewhere, in the world, men and women stand guard in places known and unknown. And…

Ain’t I A Voting Woman?

  After the world went absolutely crazy last week, I was reminded with the return of ads and debates that there is a special election here in Massachusetts. We have a primary here next week, and I must say, the field on both sides is rather bleak.  I’m a registered Democrat, and the two candidates…

Ain’t I Worth Saving?

It’s International Women’s Day. I’m sitting here thinking about the state of things. Yesterday, the President signed the Violence Against Women’s Act, with much fanfare and flourish, and I watched it live with happiness. I am blessed to be a woman who has not been physically abused by a partner, but the statistics about domestic violence…

Where is the Lobbyist for my Sons?

I’m having a huge problem with the current news cycle at the moment. There seems to be a complete disconnect between those on the top of our hierarchy and the people who are in the middle and at the bottom. For some reason, I’ve got a President who doesn’t really want to include women or…

Starting 2013 with failure

  I woke up yesterday morning disappointed. Not because of anything happening with my own personal life, but because, for some reason, only one chamber of our government was able to get something done on the fiscal cliff before the self imposed deadline. For some reason, the House of Representatives, the “people’s house,” the house that…