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Backwards & in High Heels

I dreaded making the call to my mother in Seattle, but after reading two cryptic Facebook posts by my brother, I knew I had to involve her. I also knew that I’d be ruining her day. more

Jun 19, 2017 4:54 PM Backwards & in High Heels 1 Comments

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The district came up with a solution to the overcrowding without significant stakeholder input, inviting 10-ish parents (a group pliable and amenable to the idea, IMO) to provide feedback. more

May 9, 2017 3:49 PM Backwards & in High Heels 4 Comments

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The day I began typing these words, devastating images of Standing Rock in flames flooded my social media feeds. My eyes flooded with tears and my heart broke yet again. more

Feb 27, 2017 3:02 PM Backwards & in High Heels

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Let’s be real about who gets to protest peacefully. To all m’ladies of the Caucasian persuasion: Can we talk for just a sec about peaceful protests like we didn’t invent them? Because we did not. more

Jan 30, 2017 3:09 PM Backwards & in High Heels 1 Comments

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There was a time, in what seems so long ago that I barely remember, when my husband and I brought a baby into our home through transracial adoption. more

Jan 16, 2017 4:00 PM Backwards & in High Heels

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Aleppo. Aleppo. Aleppo. Aleppo. more

Dec 19, 2016 4:00 PM Backwards & in High Heels

Now more than ever, this space is extremely precious. As we Americans have taken a collective belly flop from the edge of a very big cliff, I feel a responsibility to say something meaningful, but I also need to be silly and ridiculous as means of re more

Dec 7, 2016 10:30 AM Backwards & in High Heels

So. My last column was right-ish: Hillary Rodham Clinton, the most qualified person—woman or man—to ever run for the most important office in the world, won in a landslide. more

Nov 21, 2016 12:00 AM Backwards & in High Heels

It is, as I type this column, days before what has turned out to be the most traumatizing election campaign I've ever experienced. more

Nov 7, 2016 12:00 AM Backwards & in High Heels

As Daddy drove us home from dinner the other night, when I sat next to you in the back seat, a miracle occurred. You scooted close to me, laid your head in my lap and wrapped your arms tight around my legs. more

Oct 24, 2016 12:00 AM Backwards & in High Heels

When Alfred Olango’s sister called 911 two weeks ago, she was seeking help for her brother, whom the media reported was mentally ill and the family has said was having an emotional crisis in reaction to the suicide of a friend. more

Oct 10, 2016 12:00 AM Backwards & in High Heels

"I'm not okay," says my friend Keith Wallace when I check in on him. Wallace, with the help of director Deborah Stein, is in the process of re-staging his hit one-man play, The Bitter Game , for the 2017 Without Walls (WoW) Festival. more

Sep 27, 2016 12:00 AM Backwards & in High Heels

It's a scary thing to sit out a patriotic ritual in a country rabid with patriotism. I say this as a private citizen who stopped saying the Pledge of Allegiance way back in high school. more

Sep 12, 2016 12:00 AM Backwards & in High Heels

That photo of me up there on this page is a lie. Not the unintended smirk—that part is just my face and short of reconstructive surgery or shock therapy, there is nothing to be done about that. more

Aug 29, 2016 12:00 AM Backwards & in High Heels

Like all women, I've adapted for survival. For me, that means I pushed on and organized these experiences in such a way as to not feel it all on the surface. more

Aug 15, 2016 12:00 AM Backwards & in High Heels

One guy. Fifty-two times. Do you know what that is? That is filling quotas. That is profiling. That is harassment. Fifty-two times is a tax. more

Jul 18, 2016 12:00 AM Backwards & in High Heels

Most people who know me don’t question whether this story is true. “Nice!” they say, not at all surprised. Most people who don’t know me also don’t question whether this story is true. “Were you at a Trump rally?” they ask, not at all surpr... more

Jul 6, 2016 12:00 AM Backwards & in High Heels

A friend had just clued my husband and me into the story about the ill-fated gorilla, Harambe, and the woman whose son fell into his enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo. more

Jun 6, 2016 12:00 AM Backwards & in High Heels

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With a murder rate 25 times that of other developed countries, America is definitely exceptional. We must be the best at everything, everywhere, and when it comes to gun violence, we've outdone ourselves. more

May 23, 2016 12:00 AM Backwards & in High Heels

Well, well, well. Or, as my friend Justin says, w-AY-al! I'm not trying to be all vindicated or anything, but I'm feeling sort of vindicated. more

May 9, 2016 12:00 AM Backwards & in High Heels