Category Archives: Life, the Universe, and Everything

What Have I Gotten Myself Into?

It will come as no surprise to most of my readers that I have gone and done a thing: I am running for the Jefferson County Board of Education. If you want to know my big issues and where I … Continue reading

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Election 2020

Like many of my friends, I am torn between who I want to be (and usually am) and who I am at this particular moment, which is just so angry. I try to see all sides of issues. I really … Continue reading

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How Dare You Call Me Privileged?

I have seen a number of white friends post things like “If anyone calls me white privileged, I will delete that comment,” or “And then my friend called me white privileged; how dare she?” These are people who insist they … Continue reading

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Are Educators Truly Disposable?

Jeffco will be making its plans public tomorrow: Middle and high schools will be open for business–full classrooms, full time. For my colleagues at Columbine, pretty typical in the district, this means spending 8 hours a day in a windowless … Continue reading

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Fireworks and My Privilege

I’m going to bet every person who reads this knows what I’m talking about when it comes to fireworks. The damned things have been going off nonfuckingstop for weeks now. They go off from 8:00 right on through until there’s … Continue reading

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Paula Reed (by Any Other Spelling)

There are rather a surprising number of Paula Reeds out there. There is a couple with the last name of Reed who often sit behind me at church. Their daughter-in-law is a Paula Reed. Another Paula I grew up with … Continue reading

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The Fallacies of Freud and Fox

Before I start this, let me just clarify that I’m meeting Freud where he was: The cisnormative culture of the early 20th Century. Work with us here. If you had asked Sigmund Freud, in the early 20th Century, what women … Continue reading

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White Fragility in Colorado

The book talks a lot about how we have been taught that being racist makes us bad people, and obviously, when you’re talking about discriminatory and violent racism, it is. Closer examination shows that we are all racist, and that whites, having been raised in a white supremacist society, have been utterly inculcated in white supremacy–not in that we all consciously believe that whites are superior, but we believe our experience is the universal experience in America. Continue reading

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My Heroes

During the summer, my church has congregants speak in the pulpit about a summer theme. Last year was North Stars, the things that guide us. This year is heroes, and our minister asked me to speak this morning. I’m posting … Continue reading

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To Build or Not to Build

I know we’re living in an either/or world these days: Either you’re liberal or conservative; either you think abortion is OK on demand whenever or you believe it’s never justified; either you’re completely pro-gun or anti. Now, in Jeffco, everyone … Continue reading

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