I have always been a proud supporter of public education. I started my teaching career in 1997 and I passionately believed that if we all continued to work together, we could make the world better for our children and teach them tolerance and acceptance. I believed that the best and most innovative learning environment was the result of a great teacher with a devotion to working with children. The best place for children to learn these things was, naturally, in a public school with a diverse environment. Then in 2002, the 107th Congress enacted the No Child Left Behind Act, and everything changed. In 2003, I had my first son, and took some time away from teaching. Going back into the classroom in 2008, I still had that passion. I was visibly enthusiastic about all the ways I could help my students learn. Then my son went into first grade and I started to worry. Read More Mis-Education
Kittens, it has come to my attention that we need to vote on a very important issue that will define most of our interactions here at Persephone. Read More This Open Thread is Manamana
Once upon a time I was a photographer.
Since I went and got myself engaged, I’m finding that all anyone these days wants to talk about is how to have a low-budget, recession-friendly wedding. Dresses made of repurposed newspaper and such. Read More I’m Having a Fancy Wedding, Dammit
There is one comment that I absolutely hate hearing after I tell someone that I do not eat meat. Just the one, and, to be fair, 99.9% of people never say it. And the 0.1% would be jerks in any situation, so please understand that what I’m talking about is silly comments made by jerks, not, like, huge statements about people and their diet preferences. Anyway, the comment is, “You must hate food, then a-hahah!” Read More I Really Love Food
This post is dedicated to everyone who has battled Candida and who wants to do everything possible to avoid making things worse. Although Candida in small quantities is a beneficial yeast our body requires for balance, the high sugar content of the Standard American Diet (SAD) often feeds Candida so that it grows like crazy and overtakes the digestive system. Candida overgrowth is a serious problem that also creates systemic problems. I will write more about Candida in a future post. Today, let’s address why Kombucha feeds Candida and should be avoided at all costs by anyone who suffers from or is prone to Candida overgrowth. Read More Why Kombucha and Candida Don’t Mix
“Wow … you don’t LOOK like a diabetic!” I hear that comment frequently and always have to stop and wonder, “What the heck does a diabetic look like?” I know the statement is intended to be a compliment, and it’s one I appreciate, but I confess the comment offends me. There, I said it. Being told I don’t “look like a diabetic” offends the heck out of me. Why does it offend me? Because it implies that people with diabetes are sick and look ill, can’t function normally, and should look like invalids or be morbidly obese. Nothing could be further from the truth!
For as long as I can remember, sports have been a part of my life. Whether I have been watching them, participating in them, or just arguing with my friends about them, sports are something I consider a constant source of comfort and entertainment. With that being said, I find the ways in which many Read More One! Two! Three Strikes, You’re Outdating Yourselves With Your Views on Women and Sports!