"My Husband's Not Gay": who's to judge their choices?

"My Husband's Not Gay": who's to judge their choices?
TLC is coming out with another one of those “so horrible I need to watch it” reality shows with “My Husband’s Not Gay.” If you haven’t heard about it yet, the premise is that these three gay Mormon men are married to women and raising families. I was skeptical at first. Are these guys trying... Read more »

12 slightly altered Christmas songs

Joy to the world! The tree has come! With lights and dangly things. Let every cat prepare their paws, and every ornament fall. And every ornament fall, and every every ornament fall.
There are so many Christmas songs for every situation, but I can’t stand the tunes of most of them. So….I’ve more than slightly altered a number of Christmas (okay, and Advent) songs to make them more suitable. Enjoy!

Maggie Daley Park dog ban: even more Chicago broken promises

Maggie Daley Park dog ban: even more Chicago broken promises
The Maggie Daley Park dog ban pissed a lot of people off. Including me. Why? It was a sudden reversal, made in some murky politicking. It’s more broken promises in Chicago. I keep trying to come up with scenarios of why the reversal–and they all imaginatively involve some rich person who hates dogs paying off... Read more »
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Protip: Don't wrap a gift in any old box

Protip: Don't wrap a gift in any old box
It was the worst way to give a gift to a teen girl. Let me back up. I’m sure you’ve seen homilies or sermons when the priest comes up to the ambo with two gifts, one wrapped in plain brown paper, and the other wrapped in the fanciest paper and bow. It’s a well-used crutch,... Read more »

Daydreams or disassociation?

Daydreams or disassociation?
“When I was younger, my mother always said I had selective hearing,” the seminarian said in this morning’s homily. Selective hearing prickled at the edges of my memories. I felt a wave of sadness as I sat in the wooden pews, leaning up against my warm husband and holding his hand. Uh oh. My back... Read more »

Never tell a pregnant lady how big she looks (and other stupid comments)

Never tell a pregnant lady how big she looks (and other stupid comments)
Dear world, Thank you for commenting on how big I am. Yes, I know I look pregnant. That kinda happens when one has another human being occupying a tiny space in my abdomen and crowding out all my organs. Yes, I know I look REALLY pregnant, but no, I’m not due for another 10 weeks.... Read more »
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Will this petition finally take the Duggars off air?

Will this petition finally take the Duggars off air?
Could we compel TLC finally cancel the show (and all specials) of 19 Kids and Counting? I stumbled across a HuffPo article that linked to a Change.org petition asking TLC to cancel the Duggars because of anti-LGBTQ fearmongering. It’s old news, related to some robocalls in Arkansas that Michelle Duggar recorded that compared transgender people... Read more »

Caitlyn Ricci sues parents for college tuition

This is like Rachel Canning all over again. A college student, Caitlyn Ricci, sued her parents in order to have them pony up for college tuition. Headlines are calling her “spoiled,” and commenters (why do I even read the comments?) are ripping her apart based on very little information. Maybe she is spoiled and it... Read more »

Don't be hatin' on the non-voters

I’m seeing a lot of people talking about judging non-voters, claiming that they have no excuse to NOT vote, and no reason to complain. I used to think that. I was a huge supporter of voting back in high school, when things seemed simpler. I organized the Scholastic Student Vote in the 2004 election for... Read more »
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When the Dam Breaks, Beth Will Fall: Part Three

Trigger warning: childhood sexual abuse. This is the third of three parts written by guest poster Beth Fehlbaum. Previous posts: “Mama June” Could Be My Mother and Moving to Crazy-Town   It turns out, I was the one that I feared would find out what I’d done. The dam holding back the truth about my... Read more »