Archive for March 2016

Transgender people deserve #MoreThanVisibility

Transgender people deserve #MoreThanVisibility
Today is the Transgender Day of Visibility (#TDOV), but visibility is not enough. Despite the popularity of shows like Transparent and Orange is the New Black and despite the public transitions of celebrities like Caitlyn Jenner and the Wachowskis, LBGT rights in many places continue to erode. Prejudice and harassment continue. The transgender community needs... Read more »

My neighborhood mosque

My neighborhood mosque
There is a mosque in my neighborhood. Sometimes it makes me nervous. Sometimes I purposefully walk on the other side of the street to avoid walking too close, or I choose a path that avoids that block altogether. There is a mosque in my neighborhood. I’m not nervous about the people who go to the... Read more »

I celebrate Easter, but I'm not a Christian

I celebrate Easter, but I'm not a Christian
I was looking for days to see a couple of children’s shows I want to take the kids to. Our schedules are open next Sunday, but neither show has performances that day. It’s Easter. I’m sure they don’t have shows on Easter out of respect for performers and crew members who celebrate the holiday and... Read more »
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I am tired

I am tired
I am tired, but I am not encircled by a tire. I am sluggish, but I am not a slug. I am drained, but I am not a bathtub. I am spent, but I am not legal currency. I am wiped out, but I’ve never surfed. I’m somnolent, but I’m not a sommelier. I am... Read more »

Song for a canceled Trump rally: "Tiny Hands, Sir"

My friend Old Single Mom went to the Donald Trump Rally in Chicago that was canceled. You should read her incredible observations from the event. One of the things she notes is this: A bunch of Trump supporters sang in unison to Elton John’s “Rocket Man” – and then blanked on the lyrics of “Tiny Dancer.”... Read more »

This is a fan letter

This is a fan letter
To whom it may concern: This is a fan letter. I’m writing to say that I’m a fan of yours. I hope that’s flattering and not creepy. Regardless, I’ve started writing this, so I guess I’ll keep going. I love what you do. You’ve done some really wonderful work. So good. I know your critics... Read more »
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Sunk costs and birthday party no-shows

In business, a sunk cost is money that you’ve already spent that cannot be recovered. Sunk costs are gone, so they should not influence your current thinking and future decision-making. For example, a company shouldn’t continue a failing project just because they’ve already spent a lot of money on it. That money is gone. They... Read more »