I am a Second Class Citizen – This is what I am going to do about it

Today the Supreme Court decided to enshrine in law the idea that 1) if you are a rich, business owning, angry, ostensibly christian white man you are sexist special and 2) if you are a woman you’re not a real person.  God forbid you be a person of color, non-Christian, and female, war has just been declared on you.

Coupled with the unanimous decision from last week that killed the 35-foot buffer zones around women’s clinics that provide abortion, among other services, I’m ashamed to be an American right now.  Free speech, my ass.

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Quick trip to Mt. Washington in New Hampshire

I had to go to our branch office in Bedford, New Hampshire on Friday, which gave me a chance to have dinner with my sister Liz and her family in Lee.  It also allowed me to make a trip to Mt. Washington the next day to do some hiking for the Longest Day with coworker Jason Lynch and his team.   I had never been to Mt. Washington before, but I have wanted to climb it for years.  So I finally had my chance.

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How to Play Internet Bingo!

No, our blog hasn’t been hijacked or hacked and this isn’t about some internet gambling site.  This is about something that most people deal with every day and probably don’t even know it.  I first ran into the idea in Childfree circles and discovered that it pretty much applies to everybody in one way or another.

It’s called Internet Bingo.  There are many forms of this “game”.  It happens online and offline and it certainly happens to all of us.  Trolls do it to us, well- meaning friends and family do it to us, even strangers do it to us.  You know what you get when you fill your Bingo card?  Congratulations, you’ve just been “Bingoed”.

Ready for the tutorial?

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Looking forward to GoT Season 4 finale, but…

It does make me a little sad that after tonight, we will have to wait such a long time to see anything new.  Season Five won’t start for some 9 or 10 months.  And I imagine that tonight’s episode will drop a few surprises on us, even those of us who have read the books.

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Yes, you can be a man and a feminist

Feminism does not exist because women want special treatment or special rights.  It exists because even after nearly a century of suffrage and other societal reforms, women still do not have a truly equal position in our society.  Not an opinion, fact.  There are still a lot of people out there convinced that women should not have any roles in society outside the kitchen or the bedroom: they shouldn’t vote or run for office; that they shouldn’t be in the military or serve in combat; that they shouldn’t get an education; that they shouldn’t be single mothers; they they shouldn’t be able to practice birth control; that they shouldn’t be in the workplace, much less executives or political leaders; and that they should always be subservient to men.

Go ahead, Google any of these ideas and concepts I just listed and see what you find.  See the kinds of people defending these ideas.  Be prepared to turn over a few rocks and see what’s underneath.

I don’t recommend doing it on a full stomach.

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Boston! Live Jazz near YOU

From the always awesome David Scott comes a list of performances in the greater Boston area that you, yes you, should attend.  Dave is an amazing performer and he’s always working with amazing performers.  If you haven’t heard him before take a moment to check him out.

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