Be a voting helper, not a hindrance

I guess we’re going to have Poll Watchers and Monitors this November. What a waste of time and energy. I have taken my children to the polls since they were babies. They have all watched me spin the dial. They have all taken a turn pushing the big button at the end of the ballot. […]

Not Super

Our school Superintendent is resigning at the end of the school year. Maybe he was asked to leave. Maybe he was told to leave. Whatever the details, the end result remains that our school system will be leaderless at the end of this school year. I do not care about your feelings for the departing […]

so many candidates, so little patience

It’s School Board candidate forum season again. Yay. Also, boo. If you have never attended one of these events with the hope of learning what kind of board member each candidate would be, you’ve missed out. It begins with introductions. Each candidate states their name, the church they attend and how much they love their […]

Mean Season

The closer we get to November 6th, 2012, the more I find myself tsk-tsking and shaking my head in disbelief at the behavior of campaigns and voters. I need this post to serve as a placeholder for four years in the future, in case I find myself asking the question that I’ve been mumbling with […]

August 18, 1920 is not ancient history

In my idealistic imagination, I drape certain occupations in robes of dedication, purpose and diligence. The realist in me recognizes the value of consciously attending to documentation, rules and authority. In my head, idealism and realism are a necessary partnership. I see the election commission as the group who invisibly make a complicated task look […]

DNC 2012: Bill Clinton

Last night, I turned on convention coverage to hear and watch one speaker. On the short list of people who always have something worthwhile to say, former President Bill Clinton explaining things is near the top. His speech last night would be pitch perfect if not for one thing. President Clinton is not allowed to […]

So, I watched night one of DNC 2012

First, Andrew Tobias made me cry. Joy at progress is tempered by reality. I want my children, and your children, allowed to marry and grow old with the people they love. Then, Cory Booker made everyone hopeful that we will someday see his name on the POTUS ballot. The cameras searching for the audience member […]

news and commentary = chicken and egg

This week’s Daily Show has been political satire perfection. We were gifted a week of brilliantly insightful sarcasm that culminated in Friday’s episode. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c RNC 2012 – The Road to Jeb Bush 2016 – A Fistful of Awesome Daily Show Full Episodes Political […]

19th Century Dreamers

When the topic of conversation at the neighborhood swimming pool is: “Bicyclists deserve to be run over when they ride on streets.” Nobody wants to hear a single thought about alternative transportation, the environment, physical fitness or bike paths. Any attempts to have such a discussion will kill the conversation and get your face melted […]

just because you can, doesn’t mean you should

Every election day, I go to my community polling place to vote. I know with complete certainty that the workers have diverse political viewpoints, but not because we talk about it in that setting. One of the workers always recognizes me and asks about the children. While standing in line, most of us joke about […]