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I am not your dear

I am not your dear

Working in public service means I see people of all kinds: tall, short, black, white, fat, skinny, quiet, loud, obnoxious, wonderful, intelligent, not-so-intelligent, drunk, high, high on life, downtrodden, hopeful, etc. (For the record, drunk and/or high people are not allowed in the library and are asked to please come back later when they are...

To my white friends and family

To my white friends and family

You are all good people. You love your family and your friends. You love your country. You work hard and you deserve all the good things you have, and then some. I understand that when someone—anyone—accuses America as a whole or white people in general of being racist, you feel offended and defensive. You feel like...

Happy Fourth of July (Or Alexander Hamilton, I Love You)

Happy Fourth of July (Or Alexander Hamilton, I Love You)

This post was first published on July 4, 2011, but it’s still true. Whether it was his beautiful writing on the Constitution or his magnetic self-assurance that bordered on arrogance, Alexander Hamilton had me from page one in my 11th grade American history book. It didn’t hurt that he was attractive, especially for a man...

#FridayReads July 1, 2016

#FridayReads July 1, 2016

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley: A bittersweet novel that avoids all the “man’s best friend” cliches and reminds why we love dogs so much, even though we outlive them. Create Your Writer Platform by Chuck Sambuchino: An informative, no-nonsense book about the how, what, where, and when of getting seen online and, to...

Respect my choice to be childfree

Respect my choice to be childfree

When I was around 14 years old, I realized I had no desire to have children. And here I am, a few months away from hitting 30, and still, I have no desire for children. Neither does my partner. It’s not just a lack of desire though. The thought of having my own children, of...