Category: Learning to Tell Myself the Truth

My Summer Vacation – Foreign Extraction Edition, Part VIII

Hello readers, I’m back with more of my Philippines tale. In the last installment we had traveled from my brother’s village to the airport in Cagayan D’Oro and were waiting for our flight to Manila. […]

Just Keep Your Hands to Yourselves

We women are blamed for exciting desire. We are blamed for killing desire. In summary, anything that happens with desire – it’s on us. So many harassers. Falling like domnioes as their victims, backing each […]

My Summer Vacation – Foreign Extraction Edition, Part VII

In the last installment our brother had decided to come with us, we had worked out travel plans, and were getting ready to embark on a “tour du village” so he could say goodbye to […]

Are You Scared Yet?

In what is by now old news, last weekend a few hundred heavily armed neo Nazis, white supremacists and members of the deceptively named “alt-right” marched in Charlottesville, Virginia. After weeks’ long period of relative […]

You Say Control Like it’s a Bad Thing

People talk about those who like to be in control, as if it’s a negative trait. “Oh, she doesn’t like going to the doctor, because she likes to be in control.” Etc. You know what? […]

Policing Our Two Americas

When I was a kid, growing up with an alcoholic father and a mother who enabled him (consciously or unconsciously I was never sure), sometimes we would find ourselves, the 6 of us, crammed into […]

Difficult People

When I was in college, I had a few friends who were considered “difficult people.” Not by me, mind you. Coming from a crazy home as I did, I didn’t even notice that these people […]

Kids These Days, the Ballad of the Sad Countertop

I recently ordered new countertops for my house. When I had my kitchen remodeled in the early aughts I had a very constrained budget so a tile counter made a lot of sense. The person […]

Things I Don’t Understand – Hatred of the Press Edition

Someone posted in a Facebook group I belong to, about a conversation she had with a Homeland Security agent. The gist of it was that she asked what he was doing, he said he was […]

Running To Versus Running From

Years ago, while I was working the job that preceded my decision to leave corporate America in order to work on airplanes, a friend made the statement, “it’s always better to run to something that […]