Posted in November 2014

On Personal Reflection

On Personal Reflection

On Personal Reflection “Reflection must be reserved for solitary hours; whenever she was alone, she gave way to it as the greatest relief; and not a day went by without a solitary walk, in which she might indulge in all the delight of unpleasant recollections.” ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice Such a great deal … Continue reading

Why Identify as Atheist?

Why Identify as Atheist?

From time to time, I do receive my flack for identifying as an Atheist, and for it, there is a certain amount of hurt that can come from that. Not all language towards people like myself are entirely favorable, such as this: There is no religion called Atheism. If atheists resided in the Middle East, … Continue reading

On Ambition and Leadership

On Ambition and Leadership

To begin to talk about ambition, I would like to cite this single paragraph from US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s memoir, Off the Sidelines (Chapter 6: Ambition Is Not a Dirty Word, page 85): It frustrates me how many people automatically assume the worst about ambitious women. You must be cold. You must be calculating. You … Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I cannot in good conscience among others adhere to a belief in a deity that doesn’t exist at all. So for this day, I offer a Nonbeliever’s Grace for the meals I have taken during this holiday: I offer my deepest appreciation and my most profound apologies to the plants and animals whose lives were … Continue reading

The Long Island Bridge

The Long Island Bridge

Today, I know one particular thing came up that I had no intention of speaking about, but should address in this post. Let’s start with this: The bridge to the homeless shelter and drug rehabilitation programs on Long Island — the largest island in Boston Harbor — is structurally unsound and out of commission. Also … Continue reading

Comments on Professor Cunningham’s ‘President Obama’s Immigration Speech: Conservative Means to a Liberal End’

Comments on Professor Cunningham’s ‘President Obama’s Immigration Speech: Conservative Means to a Liberal End’

I couldn’t help not notice that in Professor Cunningham’s (of the MassPoliProfs) post about President Obama’s Immigration Speech (President Obama’s Immigration Speech: Conservative Means to a Liberal End) the following: Playing by the rules is important – so important that the president invoked that language twice. President Obama empathized with families who play by the … Continue reading