For those returning to the workplace in the days before and after July 4th
For valuing your life, and your quality of life, as well as your work contributions, your employer should not be in contention for a gold medal. “Allowing” you alternate work arrangements for the past sixteen months was not an act of heroism on their part. The same applies if you were deemed an essential worker, but given occasional flexibility to care for yourself or family members.
There’s no reason to thank employers for “being flexible,” so let’s stop applauding companies for doing the right thing after…
Reconstruction did not end on a given day in 1877 as the history books, and Civil War “enthusiasts” have stated.
It’s important to recognize that true equity and dignity are still privileges that most black and brown people have yet to be able to cherish, despite it being their birthright.
Having elected a Black American as our president, while continuing to working toward successfully affecting public policy did not and does not address many issues beneath the surface, most notably each of our experiences and biases; our engrained perspectives, and experiences, as well as the beliefs — many passed along…
Strange Days Indeed
By MICHAEL PHELAN
NOV 23, 2020 AT 10:31 PM
My late-September 1980 birthday took place only a week after my parents were divorced, an event which brought some peace to our home after years of turmoil and stress, but did create a vacancy which had not existed before. I would only see my father on a few more occasions after that month.
The anniversary of my birth resulted in a few memorable gifts, but I did receive my annual box of hand-me-downs from my older cousin. That year, in addition to the usual corduroys and sweaters, a…
Memes and video clips applauding those who were raised from the 1950s to 1970s for “surviving” have been around since Netscape Navigator. These posts usually criticize regulations like lead paint mitigation and bike helmets, implying that obese children first appeared on earth during the Clinton administration.
I understand that it’s a folksy attempt at revisiting a half-imagined golden age that never was. I have a sense of humor, but most of the arguments presented in memes like the one above are silly, disrespectful, and almost completely incorrect.
We all know that Child Protective Services does not knock on random doors…
We’re not so different — you, me, and that person far away, perhaps in a so-called “flyover” state. I try to keep these topics from my children, but the 8-year-old heard and asked about George Floyd this past summer. At the same time I discussed the topic, I was sure to discuss the dangers of police work and the experiences of our family members who are in law enforcement.
Her sister, usually more likely to discuss unicorns, really surprised me a few weeks back:
“When I grow up, I don’t ever want to get married, but I do want to…
We’re not so different — you, me, and those between the east and west coasts.
Although I try to keep such topics from my children, the 8-year-old did hear about and discuss George Floyd this summer. By now, nothing escapes her thanks to her friend Alexa. At the same time, we discussed how dangerous the job of law enforcement officers can be, and the experiences of our family members and friends who are police officers or other law enforcement professionals.
But my 7-year-old daughter (going on 13), usually more likely to discuss unicorns and moonbeams, really surprised me a few…