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When Hate Crimes Hit Close to Home

Tue Mar 07 2017

I clicked through a photo gallery of vandalism at the Waad Hakolel Cemetery, where my great-grandparents, aunts, and uncles are buried. Toppled graves, defaced photos on headstones. Defaced sounds clinical, but here it is an exact word—care was taken to destroy only the faces on the mounted photos. There is no chance that such damage occurred from weather or settling earth. View at huffingtonpost »


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It's Not That Hard: Talking to Children About Gender Identity

Tue Feb 07 2017

I can imagine that our shift towards a more inclusive society has caused more than one parent trepidation in regard to explaining things to their children. I’m sure at least one person has said to themselves, “Hey, I just figured out talking about gay and straight. Now I have to talk about gender identity with an 8-year-old? Impossible.” View at huffingtonpost »


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We the People

Wed Feb 01 2017

We need to find those few places where our views overlap and strengthen those bonds, because we can't move forward without the other side. If we could, we would have won the election. View at huffingtonpost »


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Teaching Children About the A in GLBTA

Thu Jan 26 2017

Single is not a failed relationship status. View at huffingtonpost »


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I Hope You Never Know

Mon Jan 23 2017

The truth is, I hope all my friends never have to experience the oppression that made that beautiful international march necessary. This is my letter to those who can’t fathom why the march resonated with so many of us. View at huffingtonpost »


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Its' Not the End of the World (Yet)

Fri Jan 20 2017

It feels like the end of the world. I want to lie on the floor for the next four years. (The couch takes too much effort and offers too much comfort.) Many of my friends are fired up and mobilizing, but I’m not there yet. I’m still lying on the floor. View at huffingtonpost »


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A Mother’s Response to the Ft. Lauderdale Airport Shooting

Fri Jan 06 2017

Airports were always happy places for me. They contained the expectation of adventure and were filled with people going somewhere, and I was one of those people, too. Every summer, my brother and I boarded a plane in Rochester, NY, and followed a daisy chain of connecting flights to end in Anchorage, Alaska, over 4,000 miles away. View at huffingtonpost »


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A Divorced Mom Talks to Her Children About Marriage

Tue Dec 27 2016

I don’t want my kids to grow up thinking they are failures if they get divorced. I don’t want them to think that they even have to get married. And I also don’t want them to think happily ever after is just a pipe dream they can never achieve. View at huffingtonpost »


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Straightland, a Family Emigration Story

Tue Dec 20 2016

Leaving Straightland was easy, we just had to walk through the closet door. View at huffingtonpost »


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How I Obtained an Elf on the Shelf Against my Will

Fri Dec 09 2016

How can I threaten to call Santa to report on the children's misdeeds if Santa already has a spy embedded in our household? It’s an abdication of authority. The Santa threat is very important to my parental strategy this time of year. View at huffingtonpost »


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Generation Gap: Normalizing Alternative Families

Tue Nov 29 2016

I made my mother a ninja whether she wanted to be a ninja or not because it's my blog and I can make people ninjas if I want to. View at huffingtonpost »


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In Which a Non-Sports Fan Watches the World Series and Likes It

Thu Nov 03 2016

I’m not a sports person, though I am a sports mom. I spend multiple days a week watching my kids play hockey or baseball, depending on the season. But I don’t actually like sports. View at huffingtonpost »


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