America can show more patriotism with more intersectionality…but we also need to be better at it!

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When I was a kid, I celebrated Independence Day every summer by attending our town’s parade and watching the fireworks. That was it. I had no solid basis to reflect upon America’s history, neither the sordid nor the magnificent.

Now, as I approach middle age, my awareness and (in many cases) direct experiences with both progress and oppression have become heightened. So, on the Fourth of July during this year — 2021, for memorialization’s sake — my celebration of this national holiday will be a meditation on how I can help make everyone’s life better. …


They didn’t fear or hate me so much as seem to feel sorry for me

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It was the early-aughts. I was in my first few years of college, although I can’t remember the exact calendar year. Probably 2003 or 2004. It was definitely during the Bush/Cheney administration… because I would obsess daily over how so many fellow Americans wanted to stop me from ever marrying a future husband.

Now, here we are, almost two decades later — and such dogma is still being promoted openly and flagrantly by Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio and Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas.

Anyway, back to the past …

I stepped into one of the elevators at Hibbard Hall…


Recapping some of my favorite reads from the Second Quarter of ’21

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As of the date of this writing, I’ve been using Medium as a platform for approximately three months. Although I enjoy bouncing around thoughts and ideas based on my own lived experiences and learning about people’s lived experiences outside of my own, I only have so much time in the week to author new pieces.

So I’d like to begin a quarterly tradition. Every three months, I will spotlight an array of excellent pieces I’ve recently read from other Medium writers.

I’ve divided this rundown into seven categories: Politics, Race, Gender, Wokeness, Religion, Human Behavior, and Environmentalism. Obviously, I don’t…


Hi Samantha --

I'm not a hard-core stickler for person-first language. My point is that we need to quit misusing nouns in ways that objectify.

"I'm a person with autism," "I'm an autistic person," or "I'm autistic" are all descriptors that respect the personhood of the person-in-question. I hadn't heard "Autie" before, but it sounds like that's used in a reclamatory self-referential way? So that would be an example of members of a group exhibiting self-affection in an endearing way. Context!

"I'm an autistic" implicitly transforms the person into their attribute itself, just like if someone refers to transgender people…


So, regarding the specific CRT tenets that you've quoted...

Is there necessarily universal consensus, amongst all Critical Race Theorists, regarding those tenets and their definitions? Or are you just quoting one self-identified Critical Race Theorist (or an organized group of them), and thereby assuming that all CRT proponents are automatically concurring with that worldview?

In my own view, the dangerous CRT proponents are the ones who insist there are no grey areas amidst these tenets.

The healthy version of CRT would be one that allows for robust dialogue and debate when examining the role of race in our society as well as multiple layers of racism. These Critical Race Theorists would reject a one-size-fits-all approach to the discipline.


Spanning nearly three decades of television tragedy…

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As a longtime connoisseur of network and cable TV, I’m painfully aware of the necessity of character deaths. They move the plot forward. They move other character arcs forward. They move the viewer to tears (or, sometimes, to cheers!).

But, other times, these deaths can also be needless and gratuitous. Showrunners may decide to kill off a character largely for shock value. Or perhaps the actor has been demonized by the network, the studio, or the show’s creative team — and their character suffers because of it.

The following non-ranked rundown chronicles ten phenomenal television characters who were killed off…


Am I “a bad gay” for never having attended a Pride parade?

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I’m not ashamed to tell the world how I’m proud to be gay. I can say this with unapologetic honesty. I’m proud to share solidarity with my gay brothers of the world. And I’m proud to keep learning more about the issues facing people who are lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual, nonbinary, pansexual, genderfluid, genderqueer, and Two-Spirit.

By no means do I claim to be an expert on our community’s diverse array of sexual identities, and I anticipate how becoming increasingly familiar with our global rainbow family will be a process of lifelong learning for me. …


Digital analyst Brian Solis propels time management and headspace organizing to the next level

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Before last year, I had no idea who Brian Solis was. But after getting hooked on his vodcast and online articles, it was only a matter of time before I wandered across this wonderful 2019 book that he penned.

LifeScale: How to Live a More Creative, Productive, and Happy Life is 304 pages akin to several workshops glued together. Time management, prioritization, efficiency, goal-setting, organizational inspiration. He covers it all! And his background in anthropology, technology, and entrepreneurial marketing gives Solis an undisputable aura of credibility.

WHY YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK

If you ever find yourself overwhelmed juggling tasks with pleasure activities…

If your “to-do”…


SELF LOVE

I don’t see the power in “forgiving” someone if they haven’t learned from their mistakes

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It remains a childhood cliché that my mother would endlessly chant, with rather vapid naivete on her part.

“Forgive-and-forget…”

Her heart was in the right place. She didn’t want me (or my sister) holding onto our anger, allowing rage or a desire for vengeance to consume us. Unfortunately, the slapdash manner in which she and my father raised us only exacerbated these inner wounds. I can’t say that our school district’s teachers and faculty members, overall, were much better.

My parents are the types of people who, if you criticize something they’ve said or done by expressing how much it…


Of all the “-isms,” political affiliation tends to fall through the cracks

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Privilege has become a dirty word in today’s climate. The most common attributes we associate with the concept of unearned advantages tend to be race, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, class (socioeconomics), and skin tone. Increased awareness of other characteristics — such as religion, age, disability, citizenship status, and geographic residence — has also been slowly finding its way into the mix.

But within this highly-polarized society, there is one variable noticeably absent from the popular debates over privilege. This variable deserves its own reckoning: political affiliation. …

Anthony Eichberger

Gay. Millennial. Pagan/Polytheist. Disabled. Rural-Born. Politically-Independent. Fashion-Challenged. Rational Egoist. Survivor. #AgriWarrior (Deal With It!)

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