Posts tagged "Serious Shit"

The Chicago murder rate is tired and wants some time off

Hey, boss. Thanks for seeing me. No, I don’t mind if you eat your lunch while I talk. Is that from downstairs? It smells good. Anyway, I have a personal request. I hope it’s okay. I was wondering if I could take the end of the year off. Like a sabbatical. I have some vacation... Read more »

The news is awful, so I'm wearing pink

I woke up this morning with a headache. I don’t know why. I went to bed relatively early. I had not been drinking. Perhaps my head had already intuited that the cycle of horrible news followed by terrible news followed by awful news would not be broken today. I woke up to news of police... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

Support Donna Day for more birthdays, less childhood cancer

We celebrated my daughter’s 5th birthday this weekend, which makes this an awkward time to write a Donna Day post. Donna Day is a day to celebrate a young girl named Donna, but Donna never got to celebrate her 5th birthday. Donna died when she was four. Donna had cancer. Yes, this is a post about... Read more »

Why say Jared Fogle had "sex with minors" but Molly Shattuck "raped?"

Former Baltimore Ravens Cheerleader Molly Shattuck has been sentenced to 48 weekends in jail for raping a teenage boy. Most headlines about the case use that word: rape. This is correct because sex with a minor is statutory rape. Period. Why then do headlines about Jared Fogle use the terms “underage sex” or “sex with... Read more »
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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 »

Donna Day: Every 3 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer

Thirteen days ago I received an email with the subject line “sad news.” In it a friend told me that his sister, who I know, had given birth to a son the previous Sunday, but Luke was born with a massive brain tumor and died one day later. The “sad news” promised in the subject... Read more »

Vaccination, measles, and the dangers of informed ignorance

There is a father in California who is worried about his son getting measles. He has a reason to worry because his son hasn’t been vaccinated. Carl Krawitt’s son Rhett can’t be vaccinated because his immune system is too weak after finishing three years of chemotherapy to treat his leukemia. Now, with Rhett’s leukemia finally... Read more »
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Refreshing isn't always refreshing

Refreshing isn't always refreshing
I’m working late while it is happening. Oblivious, I get on the train, take out my phone, and look at my Twitter feed. Refresh. Refresh. Refresh. People are saying that TV news wasn’t covering it. That seems horribly wrong but okay for me since I only have my phone. Refresh. Refresh. Refresh. There are pictures. Frightening images... Read more »