On Tuesday, after moving heaven and earth to get a babysitter, my husband and I went to an orientation program for the A.P.P.L.E. program. The 1960's style anagram stands for "Alternate Parent Participation Learning Experience," and it is a special program in the Spokane Public Schools. (If we get in, and if we become a part of this… Continue reading an “Open School”
Context: The annual meeting was today, and there wasn't any childcare provided for the 2+ hour long meeting. From a kid's perspective, adults droning on must be boring, so I tried to set up my son with crayons, etc., but he is super active, moving all the time. He wants to run and jump and… Continue reading letter to my super liberal church
Even putting aside the obvious equality issues, you have to wonder about the mindset of those who try so hard to determine what is NOT a right.
Like people who like to examine the Constitution only to point out what is NOT explicitly included (such as the right of privacy, for example). What kind of instincts motivate them? They seem to painfully misunderstand the very purpose of the Bill of Rights. I’m paraphrasing the wonderful writer Peter David here — one of his columns excellently explained that the Constitution is meant to preserve and expand rights, and not to limit them.
Isn’t the Ninth Amendment supposed to confer all reasonably expected rights that are not included elsewhere in the document? It is there because the Founding Fathers knew that other fundamental rights, not explicitly spelled out in the Bill of Rights, could come under attack.
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The summer after my father tried to commit suicide, I volunteered at the local GLBTQ youth sanctuary, Odyssey Youth Center. I don't mean "A Wild Teenager Sanctuary for GLBTQ youth." It's not some nature preserve. But - in this town, the queer kids are not safe, not always, not by a mile. Odyssey is a… Continue reading Some Elbow Room
whose story was so compelling and amazing that I went up to her and asked her if I could give her a hug. She said yes! So I did. Then I proceeded to sob all over her! It felt like I could barely get my story out, because all the tears were just flowing down my… Continue reading I met a woman today…
Compassion and kindness are more important to me than dogma. Having studied each, the former seems to me more useful than the latter. I have arrived at this conclusion after much consternation, as well as many interdenominational travels. I do believe in God, and I do believe that God interacts in this world through people… Continue reading Brief Statement of Faith, for a job application that I emailed today