Archive for July 2015

True stories of Chicago Police sexism and abuse of power

True stories of Chicago Police sexism and abuse of power
Playwright and actress Sarah Pitard remembers her interactions with the Chicago Police Department and wonders how they relate to news stories about police brutality across the United States. These are her words, which she calls “The Chicago Misogynistic P.D., a Prototype of Urban-American Policing.” One day, coming home from rehearsal in Chicago, a man tackled... Read more »

To the coworker on my commute: Please leave me alone

Hello, coworker. I’m sorry if I don’t look happy to see you, but to be honest I’m not happy to see you. You have violated the neutral zone between work and non-work. I know you did not mean to do this. It’s an unfortunate coincidence of time and space that you ended up commuting in... Read more »

Who said "well-behaved women seldom make history?"

Who said "well-behaved women seldom make history?"
“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” You may have seen that quote on bumper stickers or t-shirts, or maybe you’ve seen it as “Well-behaved women rarely make history.” The quote often appears without attribution. I’ve sometimes seen it attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt and Marilyn Monroe. But who really said “well-behaved women seldom make history?” Laurel Thatcher... Read more »
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1 in 21 million: The OPM data breach and me

It is now estimated that personal data for 21.5 million people was stolen when the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) was hacked. OPM held (I dare not say “managed”) background check records for current and former government employees. The data includes social security numbers, birthdates, current and former addresses, current and former employers, and lists... Read more »

Everything is cool (except how often I say "cool")

The LEGO Movie told us that “Everything is awesome,” but according to me everything is “cool.” I say cool a lot. It’s a verbal tic. I say it without thinking about it. I’m sure I often say it without even realizing it. Saying cool this much is not cool. Frequently “cool” is my verbal version... Read more »

The average Internet user

The average Internet user
I am the average Internet user. I want the content and applications I love, but I don’t want to pay for them or to see any ads. I am the average Internet user. I don’t want to pay for shipping or sales tax ever. EVER. I am the average Internet user. I get angry when... Read more »
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See my play "A Skewed Nude" at the Pittsburgh New Works Festival (again)

See my play "A Skewed Nude" at the Pittsburgh New Works Festival (again)
My one-act play A Skewed Nude premiered at the 2004 Pittsburgh New Works Festival where the production won several awards including Outstanding Contribution by a Playwright. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Pittsburgh New Works Festival they are producing four past best play winners in addition to their usual line up of new plays.... Read more »

I don't meditate, but I do breathe

I don't meditate, but I do breathe
Recently I’ve been breathing. Yes, technically I’ve been breathing my whole life, but recently I’ve been breathing strategically. It’s been helping me relax and focus. The only downside is that is that I don’t always remember to do it when I need it most. (The strategic breathing, that is. Luckily, the normal, life-supporting respiratory process... Read more »