think on this.

Aug 29

Quick Thoughts On NFL's New Domestic Violence Policy -

this is a very thorough and thoughtful analysis, talking about DV prevention and punishment both within the NFL and outside of it.

Hughes Airways flight attendants pose on a plane’s wing in 1971. (via Collectors Weekly)

Hughes Airways flight attendants pose on a plane’s wing in 1971. (via Collectors Weekly)

hit me over the head

just found myself pondering if i could learn important lessons from  the message of #YOLO.

Milky Way over Yellowstone Image Credit & Copyright: Dave Lane (via APOD)

Milky Way over Yellowstone Image Credit & Copyright: Dave Lane (via APOD)


i’m really worried that when i die my last words are gonna be DIVERSITY INCLUDES DISABLED PEOPLE TOO

(via Natasha Cousens)

(via Natasha Cousens)

Aug 28

vegan baking verdict:

eh. okay-ish.

After she came up to me and said, “I’ve been with my partner for 20 years… We would never get married because he’s on social security income, and because my daughter is disabled I have secondary income from the state to support my daughter. If I got married, both my benefits and his benefits would be reduced because we would become a double income family.”

She was explaining that marriage doesn’t work for poor people, and that it doesn’t work for disabled people. Having really simple examples like hers are important.

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What if the LGBTQ movement fought for prison abolition rather than same-sex marriage? (via disabilityhistory)

this is important. for a lot of low income folks on government benefits, marriage is against their financial self-interest. trying to put a dollar amount of the symbolic value of marriage is hard.

good day

got an A+ review from my dentist at a cleaning

had a couple conversations reaffirming my life choices

ate another delicious lunch i prepared and brought

now i’m going to do some vegan baking because it is cold and rainy and the oven will make the house cozy

some stuff about diversity and public schools

first, from the NEA, a bit about what a typical classroom would look like if it reflected the demographics of the country:


it’s interesting to me that there are more students with disabilities than there are students form whom english is not their first language. this could be even higher, because i imagine they’re tracking only students with IEPs and declared, documented disabilities. i come from an education program that had a huge focus - dedicated faculty members, lots of research projects, multiple specific classes - on english language learner students, but paid very little attention to students with disabilities.

and some information from the urban institute:

Fifty million children will start school this week as historic changes are under way in the U.S. public school system. As of 2011 48 percent of all public school students were poor* and this year, students of color will account for the majority of public school students for the first time in US history.

What is surprising about these shifts is that they are not leading to more diverse schools. In fact, the Civil Rights Project has shown that black students are just as segregated today as they were in in the late 1960s, when serious enforcement of desegregation plans first began following the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Despite our country’s growing diversity, our public schools provide little contact between white students and students of color. We’ve mapped data about the racial composition of US public schools to shed light on today’s patterns at the county level. These maps show that America’s public schools are highly segregated by race and income, with the declining share of white students typically concentrated in schools with other white students and the growing share of Latino students concentrated into low-income public schools with other students of color.

In every state but New Mexico and Hawaii, the average white student attends a school that is majority white.

Aug 27

Feeling better #manicure #cocktail

Feeling better #manicure #cocktail


a comments section worth reading

usually comments sections fill me with dread and shame and loathing, but i have found a set of comments sections that i truly enjoy: comments on US weekly articles. (“articles.”) they are full of people who feel like they genuinely know and connect with the mentioned celebrities and give them well-intentioned advice designed to make their lives better. (yes, there are people calling them sluts and ugly and untalented, but they are usually drowned out by people talking about them like they are friends from high school or distant relatives.) it is somewhat heart warming to think of people considering how mariah carey can really live her best life and be as happy as possible. because i also want mariah carey to live her best life and be as happy as possible!

Aug 26

life list

  1. figure out how to get some exercise so i don’t sit in an office chair all day every day like a slug person
  2. be better about bringing food for lunch, file drawer almonds are not a real lunch
  3. go to bed on time like a grownup
  4. figure out plans for labor day weekend trip because just having a hotel is not a real trip plan
  5. oh yeah i just changed health insurance figure out all my new providers and prescriptions and referrals and stuff
  6. also figure out what is wrong with my stomach and fix it already
  7. find out how people make friends and do that
  8. maybe i should drink more, seriously
  9. manage my library books better


This is how I’m celebrating Women’s Equality Day, guys. Let’s all make life fixing to-do lists.