Yes, it’s Important Education

(Disclaimer: I am not an educator or health professional.  The opinions in this blog post are based on personal experience and observation) I live in California, where a terribly misguided legislative bill was passed and signed by the Governor sometime after I left school.  The law, which is still in effect after more than thirty years, requires parental consent before students in taxpayer funded (public) schools can receive sex education. I remember the arguments in favor of the bill, and most were centered on parental entitlement.  Parents wanted to control what their kids were told about sex, and in some … Continue reading Yes, it’s Important Education

Too Soon?

Earlier this month, I had a miniature “nervous breakdown” (an outdated term, but calling it a psychotic break would be a gross exaggeration). I was semi-functional, and actually wrote more than usual.  I just wasn’t that good about putting the writing on paper or into the computer. One aspect of the writing went at least as well as when I’m healthy, though.  It found its way onto Kindle within one week, too, even if you count the days when the alleged writing was limited to staring at the ceiling over my bed and letting my imagination take charge.  The typing … Continue reading Too Soon?

S.F. City Hall Lights

Tonight, the lights on San Francisco’s City Hall dome show respect for transgender and gender-nonconforming people. Whether it’s a “bathroom bill” or something else, the basic human rights of this segment of society are under attack by the Trump administration. Please forgive the fact that the photo is a bit out of focus.  It didn’t look this blurry on the phone screen.  Maybe I don’t have the right apps. Continue reading S.F. City Hall Lights

Good Moral Character is Complicated

GOOD PEOPLE CARE TO OFFER SOMETHING TO OTHERS, AND IF THEY’VE ENGAGED IN INTROSPECTION THEY DON’T ACT ON ULTERIOR MOTIVES.  THEIR ACTIONS DON’T HAVE TO BE 24/7 ALTRUISM, AND IF THEY HAVE A SENSE OF BALANCE THEY’LL PROBABLY RULE OUT THE 24/7 STUFF. BAD PEOPLE KEEP TAKING, AND WHEN THE TROUGH IS EMPTY THEY CALL THEMSELVES VICTIMS. IF THEY’RE GOOD MANIPULATORS, THEY’LL CONVINCE OTHERS THEY’VE BEEN GIVING THE WHOLE TIME. THESE ARE THE POLAR EXTREMES.  MOST OF US ARE SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE.  GET OVER IT. Continue reading Good Moral Character is Complicated