Why Do People Even Think Socialism is a Good Idea? This is the second post in a series about socialism—what it is, why people are afraid of it, and whether they should be. You can read the first post in this series here. The question is why exactly some people are so favorable to socialism and even find it… Continue reading What is Socialism? Part #2
I am writing a series of posts on the ethics of abortion. This series is based on a unit I teach in my ethics class almost every semester. You can read the first part in the series here in which I describe what ethics is; why abortion can be an ambiguous ethical issue; and why… Continue reading The Ethics of Abortion, Part #2
We have a presidential election coming up in a few weeks. Frequently when we vote for a president (or any candidate), it is easy to vote simply along party lines. If we are Republican, we vote Republican. If we are Democrat, we vote Democrat. It certainly simplifies things, and this is not always a bad… Continue reading What is Basic Presidential Competence (and Why is It Important?)
I have been a teacher or professor my entire working career. There are many challenging things about being an educator. Engaging students is challenging. Planning meaningful lessons is challenging. Maintaining an orderly classroom is challenging. Grading in a fair and thoughtful manner is challenging. Working constructively with colleagues can be challenging. In reading this list… Continue reading I have Discovered Bento Boxes, and It Is Pretty Exciting
This post is about a cat named Izzy who came into our life several years ago. He is a brave kitty, and I think you might like to hear about him. This is his story. My husband and I were in graduate school for quite a few years. He’s a sociologist, and (as you may… Continue reading The Adventures of Izzy the Cat
Happy Snail is one of my favorite characters to draw and paint. Happy Fall, Friends!
I have been feeling afraid. Maybe you have, too. With all that is going on with the pandemic, politics, and civil unrest, it is easy to be afraid. When I am afraid, it is easy to forget what I know about Love. Here is what I know: 1. There is a lot of darkness in… Continue reading A Watercolor Meditation for When You Feel Afraid: Whimsical Watercolors
I teach two ethics classes every semester, and I consider it a privilege because in these classes I help my students develop their own moral and ethical code. My goal is not to make students believe the way I believe. Rather, my goal is to help them understand the basics of good moral and ethical… Continue reading The Ethics of Abortion, Part #1
I have been setting an intention to approach politics from a place of love rather than fear. Practices like this help me.
I have a confession to make: At various times in my life, I have been biased and prejudice towards various people or groups. Bias and prejudice, generally speaking, aren't funny, but I do have a funny story to tell about the day I first understood bias and prejudice. When I was teenager, I went through… Continue reading My Pat Benatar Epiphany: How to Tell if You Possess Bias or Prejudice