When Did Birth Control Become “Reproductive Health”? (And Who’s Stopping You From Getting It?)

A few months ago as the graphically disturbing The Handmaid’s Tale” rose to prominence, captivating female audiences across the country—I came across this piece:  “How ‘The Handmaid’s Tale‘ Became the Most Unintentionally Relevant Show Ever.” The premise of the claim? That in the era of Donald Trump, a show about “anti-bigotry, racism, sexism, ignorance, deception…

The Art of Circumvention

As children, we are masters at the art—or at least the attempt of—circumvention. Simply put, kids are in the business of getting what they want. Parents in the business of running block against some of those (often ill-planned) things that children want. Enter the Art of Circumvention. The child will either bypass the more “difficult”…

A Cut Above

My great-grandfather was an incredible man. He kept his family fed and clothed at the expense of hard physical labor and long hours—for menial pay. To the uninformed observer, he was simply another body in America’s vast sea of blue collar laborers. To those who knew him, he was an honorable, upstanding, hardworking man who…

America’s Frog Moment

All living things are programmed to react to sudden changes. If you live in sub-zero temperatures like I do, walking outside after having been in warm home produces instant, uncontrollable shivers. When you’re cooking, that sudden splatter of boiling hot greases prompts you to jump back immediately from the stove. A sudden yank on your…