Faith & Prayer
Buying Your Child’s Gender: Would You Do It?
This comes to no surprise to those of you who have heard various versions of my emphatic utterances “I’m in no shape to have or raise a baby right now thank ye very much,” but I must say I’m fairly ignorant about the next generation science of babymaking. So I was interested in reading this…
I’m Still Pissed About Marriage Equality Not Passing In New York State. But Is It My Fault?
Sure, I joined Facebook groups. I wrote passionately in support of it. But I'm wondering if, had I gotten more involved - joining protests, writing to my crappy, unsupportive state senators - I might have had some, perhaps miniscule, more influence on the outcome.
Who’s Your Most Inspiring Person of 2009?
Beliefnet’s got a wonderful feature this month, called Most Inspiring Person of 2009 – also known as MIPY for short. I don’t know about you, but lately, I could use some inspiration.
When Do You Act Like A Good Samaritan, And When Do You Avert Your Gaze And Keep Going?
I'm saddened by my own lack of faith in humanity, and by my lack of charitable behavior. The instinct to help is still there, but I'm just too jaded to take much of a risk. How about you?
Smoking: When Do I Say Something?
Holly Rossi over at Fresh Living asks a question in her post, When Should You Confront a Smoker? A great question in my opinion, and it got me thinking. My dad was, quite simply, the definition of a chain-smoker. And he was a doctor, which made his addiction an unforgivable hypocrisy in my mind as a…
My Thanksgiving Gratitude List
Right now, I could use to focus on what's going right, when so much around me is about what is going wrong. My hope is that in doing so, I will remember to be the sort of person who appreciates her life and behaves in accordance with that attitude.
Are We Women Being Pressured Into Motherhood?
Sometimes it sure feels like we are. In an essay I wrote for DoubleX.com’s “Your Comeback” blog, I discuss the fabled biological clock, why mine doesn’t seem to be ticking, and whether it’s ethical to bring babies into the world if you aren’t sure you want them. Please take a gander at the article here and…
Holiday Gift-Giving: Why Do We Do This to Ourselves?
Time for the holiday shopping frenzy! Unless, of course, you’re one of the crazy folk who checked shopping off their holiday to-do list back in August. (You know who you are, and I just don’t like you sometimes.) I’ve culled my gift list considerably over the last five years or so, but I still suffer…
Mooching Off Your Parents: An Adult Child’s Perspective
In my family, love and money sometimes get confused, and I’m sure I’m not alone there. My folks have been known to show their affection and concern, though not exclusively, in the form of cold, hard cash.
The Canal Killings: Can We Call These Soldiers Heroes?
I’ve been following CNN.com’s “Killings At The Canal: The Army Tapes,” an investigation into the circumstances leading up to, and following, the premeditated murder of four Iraqis in 2007. I suppose I’ve been waiting for my lightbulb moment when I would understand how so many people believe these soldier’s actions were defensible — I have…
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