Random Questions – Post #4

If you’re new to our “weird/random/oversharing” corner of the Internet, or if you need a refresher, check out Random Questions – Post #1.  Also to the newbs: Feel free to say “hi!”  I promise I don’t bite.  (WARNING: The previous sentence is a complete lie.  Do not get too close to me in real life.)… Continue reading Random Questions – Post #4

I Couldn’t Have Said It Better Myself! – Becoming by Michelle Obama

Becoming, by Michelle Obama, deserves a post dedicated to profound quotations.  Maybe several posts.  This is gonna get long.  (Worth it.) I’m going to add some thoughts, if I have them, after the quotations.  My thoughts will be the text … not in quotation marks.  Oh, what the heck!  I’ll put them in italics too,… Continue reading I Couldn’t Have Said It Better Myself! – Becoming by Michelle Obama

BOOK REVIEW: Becoming by Michelle Obama

I want to start raving about this book right off the bat.  However, I have a weird formula for my reviews that I’d like to stick with for now.  Just know that, while I’m writing this, I’m vibrating with excitement. One of my dearest friends from high school got two copies of Becoming for Hanukkah… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Becoming by Michelle Obama

Commentary #110: Fatphobia in the Medical System, and Thin Privilege

Don’t buy the hype. BMI doesn’t take muscle mass, which weighs more than fat, into account. Body-builders are often “obese” by BMI standards.

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I found this on Facebook on July 29, 2020. It was originally shared by Heatherina Lavender on May 25, 2018.

This was utterly shocking to me. I’m ashamed of how shocking it was.

No wonder Americans have issues with eating disorders!


The resounding comment I got when I shared this on my Facebook page/profile was about Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Many of my friends have it, but almost all of them were not properly or appropriately diagnosed for YEARS. And that is completely unacceptable.

I remember learning about PCOS in “Family Life.” I think The Care and Keeping of You, by American Girl, may have covered it? I can’t remember for sure. I also read Girlology multiple times through the library.

Here’s some more information about PCOS:

  • The ovaries produce an abnormal amount of androgens, male sex hormones that women typically have in small amounts.
  • Some women do not…

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain (With a New Introduction by Shelley Fisher Fishkin) – Huck Finn

All I knew before reading Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was that it was controversial.  It was on a lot of lists of books banned by school boards and libraries, nationwide.  Thankfully, Shelley Fisher Fishkin’s introduction clarifies why she believes this book is so different from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.  In the 10 years between… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain (With a New Introduction by Shelley Fisher Fishkin) – Huck Finn

BOOK REVIEW: “The Light In The Darkness: A Titanic Novel, Book Two (Parts IV-V)” by Carla Robinson

Welcome back, one and all, to the saga that is my review of Carla Robinson’s The Light In The Darkness: A Titanic Novel! In case you’re just joining us… seriously, where have you been?! Catch up on The Light In The Darkness: A Titanic Novel, Book One (Parts I-III) and we’ll be waiting for you… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: “The Light In The Darkness: A Titanic Novel, Book Two (Parts IV-V)” by Carla Robinson

Hot Topic #30: Thoughts on The Murder of George Floyd, Black Lives Matter, White Privilege, and Being An Ally

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George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25, 2020.

Black Lives Matter.

If there’s one thing that I understand completely, it’s that I have white privilege.

I’m committed to being a better ally.


Over the last week and a half, I’ve asked a lot of questions. Shout-out to my wonderful husband for being my main sounding board!

Here are a few snapshots of my recent thoughts.

At the end of this post, I’ve included a long list of resources, ways you can help, ways you can educate yourself and others, and other sources that I’ve found helpful.

Thanks for reading.


Monday, June 1st

I’m having trouble concentrating. I’m so angry about so many things. I’m personally not brave enough to join any of the Black Lives Matter protests, but I am committed to listening. I’ve been carefully observing my…

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How to Help

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Hi everyone. If you’re like me and are feeling sad, frustrated, and helpless over the continuing systemic racism in America, here are some ways to become proactive.

https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/#

https://www.thecut.com/2020/05/george-floyd-protests-how-to-help-where-to-donate.html

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https://www.splcenter.org/20170814/ten-ways-fight-hate-community-response-guide

https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/30/us/how-to-be-an-ally-guide-trnd/index.html

11 Terms You Should Know to Better Understand Structural Racism

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Defeating racism, tribalism, tolerance and all forms of discrimination will liberate us all, victim and perpetrator alike.

~ Ban…

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Light In The Darkness: A Titanic Novel, Book One (Parts I-III)” by Carla Robinson

Once upon a time, I was halfway through a review on The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.  Then, Covid-19 hit.  Now, I honestly can’t remember what day of the week it is – let alone a book I was talking about on March 3rd of this year.  Even… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: “The Light In The Darkness: A Titanic Novel, Book One (Parts I-III)” by Carla Robinson