Happy New Year!

Who does New Year’s resolutions? It’s not normally my thing, but in 2018 I resolve to continue to: – Advocate for civil rights and civil liberties for the LGBTQ community, religious minorities, racial and ethnic minorities, women, immigrants, and any other group being disenfranchised. – Back law enforcement personnel, but call for strict accountability for … More Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays!

Whatever you celebrate – and even if your celebration isn’t today – I hope you’re having a wonderful day today. Between the end of November and the beginning of January there are about 14 different celebrations from religious traditions such as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Wicca, Zoroastrianism, and Buddhism, to name a few. Traditions generally focus … More Happy Holidays!

Veterans Day

Veterans Day used to be Armistice Day, celebrating the end of World War I. It wouldn’t become a national holiday until 1938. Veterans Day in its current incarnation is meant primarily to celebrate living former service members. Memorial Day emphasizes the fallen, and Armed Forces Day emphasizes those currently serving. Veterans Day is also a … More Veterans Day

Puerto Rico Assistance

On Puerto Rico, I’ll leave political punditry to the professionals. (After yesterday’s #unpresidented comments, I just can’t find the energy or words to respond.) However, they still need help. Last week PBS published an article with links to organizations that are providing aid, and through which we can assist (if we’re not physically able to … More Puerto Rico Assistance

16th Anniversary of the September 11 Terror Attacks in the US 

It has been 16 years since the towers fell, the Pentagon was damaged, and Flight 93 crashed en route to a fourth target. It has been nearly as long since the US first invaded Afghanistan, where US (and multinational) troops continue to fight.   The attacks carried significant emotional weight for the collective US psyche, … More 16th Anniversary of the September 11 Terror Attacks in the US 

Happy 4th of July!!

If you have the opportunity to stay home to celebrate the birth of the USA tomorrow (assuming you are a US citizen and give a hoot about July 4th), please be sure to enjoy yourself safely. Here’s a handy safety reference, pilfered from the interwebs: Fireworks injuries are no joke. For example, someone in my … More Happy 4th of July!!