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Book Review: HOMEGOING by Yaa Gyasi

Wow. What an ambitious accomplishment for a debut author (any author, really) – a story following the lives of one family over 300 years, and written in only 320 pages. I don’t think many readers are familiar with the origins… Continue Reading →

Connecting With Your Community — In Real Life

By Jessica McCann.  Originally published at ( as “This is Not about Politics.”  ~~ Brace yourself for a strikingly-simple, yet brilliant idea. It’s super easy, and it’s something each of us can do, today. It will make us happier people, and… Continue Reading →

Small Acts of Kindness

As a law enforcement officer, I was constantly aware of my surroundings.  Hidden dangers could mean life or death.  A year after retirement, I’m still alert.  But it’s not danger I’m spotting.  It’s small acts of kindness. Thank you for your… Continue Reading →

In The Flint Water Debacle – A Story of Successful Activism 

We tell a story with everything we do. A story of our priorities — by what we give our attention to and spend our time on. A story of our fears — by what we lie about and with whom… Continue Reading →

The World War II Women Knew

The stories of World War II have been told many times through a multitude of male perspectives and usually with only enough women included to companionably pad the edges.   Rarely has an effort been made to focus entirely on… Continue Reading →

The Lure of Comic-Con

Out of my element at Comic-Con 2015, where 250,000 movie fans, comic devotees and techno geeks gather, I had an expectation of being trampled in a sea of humanity.  Instead, I found enthusiastic, welcoming people whose entry badges were like… Continue Reading →

The #HateWontWin Challenge

How do you continue a legacy of love in the face of a horrific tragedy? The #HateWontWin Challenge Build bonds of hope. Alana Simmons began to build hope for millions of people around the world when she told Dylann Roof, the… Continue Reading →

Women Are Fundraising Their Way To The Big Political Table

Hillary Clinton’s first quarter fundraising total of $45 million revealed that women comprised more than 60% of her donor base.  Regardless of Party, this kind of financial participation is essential if women want to be treated as more than one… Continue Reading →

To All The Dads

To all the Dads who share in our joys during the early years — cartoons, bike rides, water balloon fights, ice cream, joy rides, Halloween … To all the Dads who teach us practical things — how to swim, ride… Continue Reading →

Quotable You: “Your Mind, Do Investigate.”

We function in a world full of assumptions.  We literally start our day with them.  We assume if we open our eyes, we will see. We assume if we stand up, the ground will hold our weight.  We assume if we see a… Continue Reading →

Let’s Celebrate A Howe Mother’s Day Too

Back in 1870, Julia Ward Howe envisioned another kind of Mother’s Day.  Although a mother herself, she wasn’t looking for a day of remembrance and celebration as was championed many decades later by Anna Jarvis and made an official national… Continue Reading →

What Purpose Do Fraternities Serve?

DARE WE SAY hosts Shawna Vercher and  Anita Finlay look at the role and cost of fraternities in the wake of the latest outrage and ask — What purpose do fraternities serve?  Is it time to put an end to them?… Continue Reading →

DARE WE SAY Cyber Conversations

Cyber conversations seem like a rarity these days. Despite our claims of staying connected on-line, too much of what we say on the internet is targeted at others.   We command, demand and cajole.   We make statements expressing our own views… Continue Reading →

Dear Righteously Indignant (a.k.a. ME)

Last night I started to fall into the trap.  I know the writer, but not well.  While I can’t imagine he/she was pointing directly at me, it felt as if an all encompassing accusing finger was being raised in my direction.  I could… Continue Reading →

The American Nurse Project — Insight Into A Beloved Profession

THE AMERICAN NURSE PROJECT, which includes a book, documentary film and ongoing blog interviews, tells the story of the life and professional commitment of nurses across the United States. The creator, photographer Carolyn Jones along with her team, wanted to raise awareness of… Continue Reading →

Words: “Today Is The Right Day…”

“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live.” His Holiness the 14th Dalai… Continue Reading →

Happy Birthday Betty White, I’ll Never Forget Your Kindness

I’ve had the pleasure of working with the hilarious, uber-talented Miss Betty White.  No one is more deserving than she of the sweet surprise and outpouring of affection she got, in celebration of her 93rd birthday, from the entire cast and crew of Hot in Cleveland…. Continue Reading →

Silence Equals A “Yes” Vote

The midterm elections are upon us and famously have lower turnouts, but it’s more important than ever to vote. Midterms may not be as sexy. But they matter. If you get even one person into office who’s better than the… Continue Reading →

Is It Possible To Legislate Respect?

Kansas City just became the latest in a list of cities considering a law against street harassment that would encompass everything from catcalls to drivers forcing bicyclists off the road.  Clearly, harassment is a crime, but is it possible to… Continue Reading →

Kelvin Doe, A Solar Promise in a Teen Entrepreneur

While investments in solar maybe the promise of our future, giving a sixteen year old a $100,000 contract to research, design, test and develop his own solar panel technology could seem reckless and even wasteful — until you meet the teen… Continue Reading →

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