And You May Find Yourself

I spent much of today wasting time. Some of this wasted time was spent in productive efforts that have no apparent rewards, and some was spent in an ephemera of data as I tried to clean out multiple email account folders, flash drives, and other collection baskets. I feel like I’m a thousand points of bitterness, I’ve got a dry…

On Academic Biorhythms

This year was peculiar at school because various calamities kept us in crisis mode all year. As we plod toward April, I find myself worn as thin as some of the most stressful times of my adult life even though I have nothing overly stressful except for typical work responsibilities. I think that I could weather daily work more easily…

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Attila the Hunny

My cats are overweight, a problem common to aging pets and pet owners who spend too much time indoors at the computer or on the sofa watching television. My cats are on a diet, which causes Milo some serious problems. Milo is a large, lumbering cat of Siamese mix. He’s muscle and fat and size and stealth. He’s all love,…

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Olivia Pope: Scandal’s Tragic Mulatto

Scandal is a guilty pleasure. I’m hooked on the bodice-ripping, twisty-turny Shonda Rhimes storyline.  All the blogs say that audiences, particularly women of color, have a love/hate relationship with Olivia Pope, the main character of Scandal, because she’s a two-steps forward, two-steps back kinda girl. Lauded in many circles as a positive image, Olivia Pope is simply a familiar tragic…

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Huey Long and Occupy Wall Street – My Easter Message

Huey Long is the heart of Louisiana. I think of him when I think of Louisiana and I understand the anathema of this state. Its collectivism, which derives from its non-Anglo traditions and its agrarian culture, gave easy rise to its populist politics. That populism was intensely complicated by a racism that Huey Long managed to navigate. Long dreamed of…

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Homonormal Marriage

The linguistic shift from gay marriage to marriage equality is interesting, like all politically motivated discursive choices.  Adding the gay label to marriage “spotlights” same-sex marriage, emphasizing its abnormality. Spotlighting or using marked language highlights what is notably outside the norm and establishes the unmarked category as neutral, making it the default setting or normal. Male nurse is to nurse…

Living in a Shotgun Shack

Many years ago my ex-husband made the quirky observation that I am like a mother alligator. Mother alligators, like all mothers, are highly attuned to their young. Upon hearing any sound of distress, and the baby alligator has quite a distinctive voice, the mother will defy all belief regarding speed and agility by launching itself to defend its offspring. In…

Surviving ObamaCare

The biggest threat from ObamaCare, according to the Humanix Books’ ObamaCare Survival Guide, is the influx of the mass uninsured populace into the healthcare system.  The logic behind this argument boggles the mind. The short version: there aren’t enough doctors to handle the sudden mass increase in patients and the existing pool of doctors will all quit in frustration. Consequently,…