Faith & Prayer
Rihanna Speaks Out; So Does the World
Case in point, Rihanna's interview with Diane Sawyer, which airs tomorrow on 20/20. I was one of probably millions who Googled the five-minute Good Morning America clip from this morning. Personally, I am happy that she is taking her experience and letting something positive come out of it--whether or not you or I value her…
How To Get Out Of Jury Duty (Ethically)
How is it that two days of jury duty can feel like two months in purgatory? Can sitting in a room with nothing to do but read a good book, away from the demands of one’s job, the ringing of phones, the beeping of incoming emails… really be so horrifyingly, mind-scrapingly agonizing? I’m here to…
Things Don’t Add Up in Wal-Mart Scuffle
Wal-Mart seems to be playing a much larger part in our blog than usual lately, but apparently that’s where all the news happens. Actually, the incident I’m referring to in this case actually occurred three years ago, but the trial is approaching soon, and CNN recently hosted a small panel interview with John King to…
Losing The Halloween Spirit: Trick Or… Hide From The Kiddies?
I, who think on Halloween so fondly, savoring everything from its sugary overload to its creepy crawly costumyness, have today crossed a line into fuddy-duddery that I never dreamed would come to pass. That's right. When our doorbell rang, I hid from the trick or treaters.
When Your Friend Dates a Married Man…Do You Stand By Them?
I’ve weighed the question of whether we should be held accountable for the failings of our friends, I’ve raked myself over the coals for my unethical shoving-morals-down-throat technique when it comes to family — now, I wonder, is it wrong to simply phase a friend out because they’ve done something you find reprehensible? I’m not…
Michael Jackson Autopsy Pictures: Innocent Curiosity Or Ghoulish Obsession?
For those whose morbid curiosity is driving them to take a peek at Michael Jackson's autopsy pictures, I say, if you must look, keep a moment of pity in your heart. Keep a spark of humanity in your mind. One day it will be you on the cold slab.
Gang Rape after Homecoming: Bystanders Snap Photos
“I bet this is a learning incident.” This is a quote from West Contra Costa Unified School District spokesman Marin Trujillo, in regards to the gang rape that occurred on school grounds after a homecoming dance. I actually felt chilled as I read this account — gang rape of anyone, let alone a teenage girl…
Jury Duty: Do You Try To Worm Your Way Out Of It?
I've got jury duty - pleh! I seem to get called every time I vote, renew my license, or, heck, breathe too loudly while walking past a government office. This time 'round, I even got summoned for TWO courts at roughly the same time, so I have to juggle how to serve and which one…
Butting In — Yea or Nay?
Yesterday I completed my move from New York City (a move that began 3 weeks ago and paused for a moment in the Midwest) into San Francisco. I was feeling pretty great when I landed; friendly, accommodating people, easy trip, and hey, exciting new beginnings! I debated my choices in transportation — lugging my suitcases…
Daylight Savings Time 2009: Why Can’t We Keep It All Year Round?
First off, no, it's not today that you have to change your clocks. This year, we "Fall Back" at 2 AM on Sunday, November 1st. Secondly, I'd like to take issue with a whole society adjusting its schedule twice a year.
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