Goods Unite Us

Goods Unite Us

Goods Unite Us is an app as well as a website where you can go to gauge where corporations spend your money for their political gain. Tomorrow, I will be switching from AT&T who spend 73% of their political contributions toward Republicans to Verizon who are at least spending 52% to republicans and 48% to democrats. Not great but better than AT&T.

Let’s see who else will be losing a few of my pennies. I highly recommend this app, especially after this Supreme Court Debacle. Read more

Mothering Teenage Daughters

I was a college freshman in October of 1991 when Anita Hill testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegations of sexual harassment against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Never, in my wildest dreams, did I imagine that 27 years later as a mother of teenage daughters I would watch a similar horror unfold on the national stage.  

Based on my social media feeds, I know I was not alone in my rage and indignation at the treatment of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. The glib dismissal of her credible allegations and the thinly veiled irritation by Republican Senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee that they would “have” to let Dr. Ford testify were maddening. Read more

Supreme Court Nomination

Supreme Court Nomination

I am writing this on Thursday, September 27th, 2018 a day most people probably won’t remember, at least without prompting, a few years from now. Supreme Court Nomination proceedings where Dr. Ford sat before a panel of mostly inconceivably powerful rich white men and told the world a painful portion of her life story.   Read more

Unpaid Labor

Unpaid Labor

It has occurred to me, possibly too late, that maybe we should have made our blog about simple ideas. Like how much we like frozen yogurt. Or how bad my knees hurt when I wear high heeled shoes. See what I did there? Stalling. I want to talk about unpaid labor. It’s so important we started a business that puts unpaid labor as its central concern. And here I am having a very hard time figuring out how to talk about it.

The unpaid labor I have performed throughout my life has been a source of enduring pride and joy. It has also had a severely negative impact on my marriage and my self-esteem. It has given me hours of laughter and shenanigans with my two sons. It has given me hours of arguments with my spouse. It has made me wonder if I have wasted the past 23 years of my life. It has given and it has taken away. Read more

Civics 101 part 2

Civics 101

Civics 101 is another NPR podcast born from a major upheaval in American life. Trump got elected, NPR listeners flipped our common lid and Civics 101 was born. The first episode aired on January 19th, 2017. You do the math.

It began as a bit more, “Can Trump do that?” but has become much more focuses on how the American system of government works. This past week, the hosts talked about the history and present role of the draft. Older son is 23 so he has 3 years left in the draft pool. Six has 20 years until he is excused from selective service (if the laws stay the same as they are now).  The draft wasn’t anything I really thought about until some random medical professional said, “Hey, it’s a boy!” and I’ve worried over it ever since. Read more

First ladies do not get paid

First Ladies Don’t Get Paid: Unpaid Labor in the White House

What’s that you said? Did you hear that correctly? Yes, you did. First Ladies Do Not Get Paid. They are expected to be the social face of the nation, come up with a charity program, look trim, young for their age, and happy (but not too happy) all while supporting everything their husband does.

And, although I can’t believe we have to say this, don’t wear clothing with thoughtless slogans on it.

Oh Melania. When will the nightmare end? Read more

First ladies book coverFirst ladies reading challenge

First Ladies : Presidential Historians on the Lives of 45 Iconic American Women

Oh man, this book opened a time sink for me that I have just recently crawled out of. First Ladies:Presidential Historians on the Lives of 45 Iconic Women is the companion book to the C-SPAN…wait! Don’t leave because I said the c-word. C-SPAN is not just for nerds. It’s for citizens interested in finding out what is happening in Washington without the lens of FOX News or MSNBC distorting what people do and say. Read more

Sister District Project

Sister District Project

There are many people who are already sick of the 2018 election. Well, if you are already sick of this election then it’s possible you don’t have much at stake in the outcome. Maybe for you not much changed when Trump was elected.

But for millions of people that hasn’t been the case. If you’re interested in turning the tide, there’s a group ready and willing to help. 

Meet Sister District Project.

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volunteering as unpaid labor

Volunteering as Unpaid Labor

I have had the great fortune of being a stay at home mom for most of my adult life.  In my experience, one of the job expectations is that SAHMs will volunteer at their children’s school.  Lots of working moms and and an increasing number of dads spend hours volunteering as well, but as a SAHM, I felt strong internal and external pressure to contribute.  

When my kids started elementary school, I jumped in with both feet.  I scheduled regular weekly visits to the classroom where I graded tests, prepped projects, read with kids, and did crafts.  I volunteered as room mom almost every year, for each of my 3 children, I planned parties and sent out email reminders for upcoming events.  I went on field trips to the zoo and the museum. I joined the Parent/Teacher organization, went to meetings, and had welcome parties and fundraising parties at my house.  I wrote letters and went to school board meetings to advocate for programs. Read more

Michelle Wolf

Michelle Wolf

Michelle Wolf didn’t make fun of Huckabee-Sanders’ appearance, Wolf called her a liar to her face in front of hundreds of people. That is what made so many of us uncomfortable.

Here it is, in its entirety, Michelle Wolf at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

We think she killed it. You decide.