• Current Affairs,  Life

    A rant for the end of September

    I am not going to black out my social media and stay offline for a day “to show what the world might be like without women.” First of all, whether or not I’m on social media on any given day is dependent on my mood and my stress level and is of no consequence to anyone else. Much more importantly, the last thing America needs right now is for its women to go away and hope men miss us. If anything, we need to be taking up more space, not less. I’ve spent most of my life wishing I took up less space. Tall, solidly-built, loud, and outspoken were not…

  • Current Affairs,  Life

    Standing Letter to My Elected Officials

    I sent this letter to my Senators and U.S. Representative today, but since the idea is that it’s my only letter, I thought I’d also post it here. Plus it gives me something to post — this blog is beyond neglected. Senator Maria Cantwell Senator Patty Murray Representative Denny Heck Dear Elected Officials, You are elected to represent the people of our state/district. I am a voting resident of Washington state/our district. Writing my elected officials is not something I normally have time to do. I work full-time, I am in graduate school, and my husband and I are raising three children. I wrote this out longhand in the back…

  • Current Affairs,  Life,  Writing

    Sunday, November 13, 2016

    Some of our Halloween decorations are still up. That’s not unheard of for our family – we do like to make the holiday last – but it is a bit late in the year. I told my husband I was going to buy flag lapel pins for the zombies in our yard to celebrate Veterans Day. He took the zombies and the fake graveyard down, but the graveyard fence is still up, along with a few skeletons, a giant plastic Jack O’ Lantern, and tiny ghosts in our apple tree. We were watching television earlier this week and a Christmas-themed commercial came on. My husband said, “You know what I…

  • Current Affairs,  Life

    Empathy

    Last week I did this thing – this big thing, which I was anxious about, and had to psych myself up for – and it was hard. I hated it. When it was over, I felt a sense of accomplishment and relief. A few people congratulated me, or said they were proud or impressed. A friend asked me to write about it. I didn’t do anything important or impressive. I went without food or water for 15 hours. I participated in a one-day fast with other non-Muslim folks in order to experience what our Muslim friends do every day during the month of Ramadan. That part was cool. Joining others…

  • Current Affairs,  Television

    Big Love, Huge Censorship

    Yesterday I spent too much time reading articles online about the fact that Mormons worldwide are in an uproar over Big Love’s plans to depict their temple endowment ceremony on TV. Today I spent about an hour trying to write a thoughtful blog post about it, but I kept veering off-topic into my own experiences as a former member of the LDS church and that’s really not what I want to write about. A few minutes ago, reading more online, I stumbled upon an apology from The Salt Lake Tribune to its readers. The paper is apologizing for running a photo yesterday of a Big Love cast member in costume…

  • Current Affairs

    Taking a moment to look back

    In honor of the upcoming Inauguration, here’s a post I wrote on February 14, 2008 after seeing Obama speak in person. Once you read it, you may be able to imagine how shocked I was by his victory on Election night. I didn’t believe it was real until the next morning (and I walked around all day November 5th with a gigantic smile on my face). Barack Obama Scares Me (in a good way) A little over three years ago the tiny green sprig of hope I had for this country’s future was ground into the dirt by a traumatic nationwide event that shall not be named. (You may remember…