Baby Leo, Down Syndrome, and Our Collective Failure to See the Big Picture

At this point, nearly everybody has seen it. A New Zealander man, an Armenian woman, a baby with Down Syndrome, and a GoFundMe that showed that the world cares. Read More Baby Leo, Down Syndrome, and Our Collective Failure to See the Big Picture

Making Sense of Serial — Who Did It?

In the final episode of Serial, Sarah Koenig’s producer, Dana, talks about the terrible luck that Adnan has. If he is innocent, she theorizes, he is the victim of an unbelievable number of unfortunate consequences. What is heavily implied is that Adnan’s story – his fuzzy memory, lending the car to the guy who implicated him, butt dials and questionable cell phone records – is conveniently fabricated. If you remove emotion from the story and just rely on logic, all signs point to Adnan’s guilt. Read More Making Sense of Serial — Who Did It?

I Will Not Follow the Herd

[Original publication date: April 29. 2014]

I wish I had educated myself more before my first daughter was born. I can never undo my choices, and I will forever worry about the unnecessary danger I put her in, all the chemical exposure, the potentially life-threatening risks I put her through. Read More I Will Not Follow the Herd

WIC Up My Sleeve: How it Feels to Use Government Assistance

My palms start to sweat before I even get in line. I choose my checkout carefully, trying to find a cashier who looks quick and sympathetic. Ideally, I would be able to suss out the other customers in line, but I can’t figure out who will be behind me until I’ve already chosen. My palms are sweating a little now as I type.

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Ten Reasons I Breastfeed in Public

Lately, I’ve found myself breastfeeding in public more and more. This is clearly a problem for some, as the looks and mutterances I’ve received have made obvious. To clear things up, I want to talk about some of my thought processes while breastfeeding in public. Read More Ten Reasons I Breastfeed in Public

Not All Men

The other day, I posted an article about Elliot Rodger to my Facebook page, and immediately deleted it. I’ve spent the last several days taking in everything that I can — articles about the shooting, #YesAllWomen posts, reading his manifesto — but I couldn’t actually go through with spreading the information myself. It wasn’t because I haven’t been consumed with the tragedy, because I have. Read More Not All Men