#stopitnow: Bullet Points–or, Me and a Gun, revisited

#stopitnow: Bullet Points–or, Me and a Gun, revisited

I originally wrote this after the Tucson shootings in early 2011, and revised it a bit after the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut last week. Members of the #GenFab bloggers’ group have been sharing their responses to the Sandy Hook School shootings with the hashtag #stopitnow. What follows are my personal opinions on the generalities of a very complex issue, with links to facts on the matter where appropriate. I’ve linked to others’ posts in a […]

It’s Election Day in the USA!

It’s Election Day in the USA!

I never get one of those “I voted” stickers, so I had to find a photo of someone else’s to post here. I have voted “permanent absentee” for at least the last half-dozen years. In California, that means I vote by mail, even though I’m almost never out of state, let alone out of town, on Election Day (although I truly was an absentee voter for this year’s June primary). The vote-from-home, mail-it-in ballot makes dealing […]

“Are You Mom Enough?” Yes. No, Maybe. (Graded on a curve?)

“Are You Mom Enough?” Yes. No, Maybe. (Graded on a curve?)

(I rescheduled a book review from today to Thursday because I wanted to put on my mom-blogger hat before last week’s news literally becomes “last week’s news.”) I really wasn’t sure if I’d make a response to last week’s sensational TIME magazine cover for its feature on attachment parenting, but the more I read other people’s responses to it, the more I realized I did have some thoughts of my own to add to the many […]

Denim Day: Protesting violence on Wednesday, April 25

Denim Day: Protesting violence on Wednesday, April 25

By virtue of my position with my employer (management level) and my age (several decades old), I tend to dress fairly traditionally for work–usually in dresses or skirts. But tomorrow, April 25, I’m going to wear jeans to the office to participate in Denim Day in LA & USA. Denim Day is a nationwide event launched in Los Angeles in 1999 by the pioneering anti-violence organization Peace Over Violence to promote education about and prevention of […]

No #Readathon for Me–I’m at #LATFoB!

No #Readathon for Me–I’m at #LATFoB!

Greetings, Readathoners! I’m sorry not to be among you this weekend, but I have a good bookish excuse. I’m at the University of Southern California today (and possibly part of tomorrow) for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books! I picked up my media badge on Thursday afternoon, which will admit me to the press room and serve as my ticket to any and all panels. I have three I’d like to go to today–and […]

It’s International Women’s Day, and She’s Out of Control!

It’s International Women’s Day, and She’s Out of Control!

Today is International Women’s Day, and I’m going back to a post I published on this date in 2011 as a jumping-off point. I’m sorry to say there hasn’t been a lot of positive progress since then. Source: wildgypsies.tumblr.com via Malina on Pinterest March is Women’s History Month – a time to reflect on where we’ve been and consider where we go next. As the saying goes, those who forget history are doomed to repeat it…and those who […]

Today’s post doesn’t count, because I’m sending you elsewhere

I’m not officially “going dark” today, but since I’m sending you to read someone else’s post somewhere else, I’m not really counting this as a post… Some major websites, including Wikipedia and Reddit, are taking themselves offline in a one-day protest against SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act), two pending Congressional bills that could change the Internet as we know it–and not necessarily for the better. Social-media wise woman (and my […]

Book Banning In My Own Back Yard

Book Banning In My Own Back Yard

Well, close enough. The title of this post contains a slight geographical exaggeration, given that I live more than 30 miles from Glendale, California, but we are neighbors in the Los-Angeles-Suburban-Sprawl sense. Other than that, it’s pretty accurate. Earlier this week, Adrienne Van Houten posted at Moms LA about the Glendale Unified School District’s efforts to keep Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood out of an AP English classroom. District approval is required before any teacher […]

Bye-bye, Borders – for real, and for good

Bye-bye, Borders – for real, and for good

Before too long, I will be living in a town that doesn’t have a bookstore. I’ve known it was a possibility since early this year, but I didn’t want to accept that it might actually happen. But the liquidation sales started on July 22, and when I drove by the store a few days later, I saw the sadly familiar yellow-and-black banner. This one didn’t say “Store Closing,” though – the new wording is “Going […]

Amazon aftermath: Now we’re ALL fired.

Amazon aftermath: Now we’re ALL fired.

I stopped using Amazon affiliate links on my blog at the beginning of March after reading that the company was threatening to end their Associates program in California if the state passed a proposed law that would require the company to collect sales tax on sales to California residents. The law would define those contract affiliates as Amazon “workers,” and therefore part of the company’s business operations within the state; state businesses pay state taxes. […]

The mighty Mississippi swallows Memphis in May

The mighty Mississippi swallows Memphis in May

The Hernando De Soto Bridge (I-40 between Memphis TN and West Memphis AR) Image via Wikipedia This is the time of year when I get most nostalgic for the city where my son grew up, and which I still think of as my hometown, although it’s been four years since my last visit. May is usually a fine time to be in Memphis, but this year there’s something besides the Beale Street Music Festival and […]

Randomness: Four Things for Thursday

Randomness: Four Things for Thursday

No, this is not the “Four Things” meme (not today, anyway). I actually have a proper Week-End Review to post tomorrow, so here are some Thursday Tidbits to mention. Sign-ups are open for the second year of Armchair BEA! Over 200 people have already signed up, and even though this virtual conference has no capacity limits, what are you waiting for? If you’re not going to be in New York City next month for Book Expo America […]

Women’s History Month: Repeating and re-enacting battles we’d hoped WERE history

Women’s History Month: Repeating and re-enacting battles we’d hoped WERE history

Image via Wikipedia The Women’s Museum, Fair Park, Dallas, Texas “Milestones in Women’s History” exhibit (I originally had this scheduled for a different day, but it works out well that I bumped it, as it’s appearing on the 100th International Women’s Day.) March is Women’s History Month – a time to reflect on where we’ve been and consider where we go next. As the saying goes, those who forget history are doomed to repeat it…or […]

Dear Amazon: You can’t fire me. I quit.

Dear Amazon: You can’t fire me. I quit.

Dear Amazon.com, I’m sure I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know when I say that few online retailers have benefited from outdated sales-tax laws more than you have. For decades, most states haven’t required mail-order businesses to charge and collect taxes on sales they make outside the states where they are physically located, and this has definitely given you a competitive pricing advantage over bricks-and-mortar vendors. And even though you’ve expanded your distribution […]

Bullet Points; or, me and a gun

Bullet Points; or, me and a gun

Image by ksbuehler via Flickr Whenever there’s a newsworthy shooting somewhere in this country – most recently, the one in Tucson earlier this year – the debate about guns gets revived. America is a nation born from war; it wouldn’t have come into existence without firearms. Our Constitution’s Second Amendment was meant to ensure our right to bear arms in defense of ourselves, our families, and our country. However, all too often, they’re used for […]