Happy Birthday. Mr. President.

As if things were not awkward enough, I realized halfway through the meal I hadn’t yet been served that I wasn’t the only problem in the room. We had screwed up, or something. So spoiled we had become, with our warm, progressive friends, many of whom were heading to or returning from the altar in […]

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One day, you will meet each other et ce sera la guerre. In this big, big city that is way too small for dysfunction of such magnitude and all the sins you pardoned, even against yourselves. It will not end well but there may be Justice. Yes, ce sera la guerre. I do not know […]

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Resistance Training.

After a couple years of very consistent and judgmental nagging, Le Spouse just left to go to the gym, for the first time ever. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that it’s open enrollment season and I just got him a life insurance policy this morning and informed him that if he […]

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I can’t breathe on this train. It isn’t crowded, but you are staring and making yourself much bigger than you are, or deserve to be. You are staring at me as if I do not matter, not giving me the respect of just staring me dead in the eyes so that I can truly confront […]

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Africans, Anonymous

(Written for, and originally published by, CompareAfrique) We don’t know her name. We know she was from Guinea, lost her mother and father to the Ebola virus, and was taken by her grandmother to Mali in a desperate (many will say “selfish” and “irresponsible”) attempt to get medical help. She was only 2 years old. I will […]

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American Bushmeat

Originally posted on Mike the Mad Biologist:
Regarding the upswing in Western interest in Ebola (the outbreak was chugging along nicely for weeks without much fanfare), one of the tropes that’s spreading (SEE WHAT I DID THERE?) is the word ‘bushmeat.’ A Washington Post story does a good job swatting the nasty implications of that…

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