Facing Theocracy

One morning when I was 23 years old, my mother did not wake up. I got the phone call several hours after the fact: It was an undetectable heart condition. It had no symptoms. She went to bed the night before, and a few hours before the sun rose, her heart stopped. Sudden loss amidst…

Atheism, Peru, and Betsy DeVos

Boy Scouts will now be accepting transgender kids, right? Great. Atheists and agnostics are still prohibited. In terms of our “appeal” as a minority group, atheists almost always rank about where goblin sharks would rank on a list of cute animals: Dead last. We’re not even ugly-cute. Nonetheless, the number of atheists in the USA is growing:…

We’re All Teachers Now

For one year in Florida, I taught community college. My career as an adjunct professor totaled six entry-level English classes, each with about 20 to 30 students. I adored it. I despised it. Both? Regardless, my online business got better and I moved abroad with my husband, so I had to give it up. And…

A (Tentative) Defense of Political Facebook Posts

My case is particular: I’m passionate about US politics, but I live in Peru about half the year. Mailing anything to the USA entails a 15-min drive in hellish Lima traffic and a fee of at least a few dollars (not cents). Making phone calls to US offices generally requires entering 7 extra digits and…

Ruffled as Hell

An acquaintance recently shared that at a party, during a talk on politics, a man disguising his foolishness as nonchalance told her not to let Trump “ruffle her feathers.” Alright, bud. I get that you’ve seen a lot of movies where it’s cool to calmly walk away from an explosion. But this time, the explosion?…

Mentally Dealing with Trump (as a Liberal Kentuckian Expat)

So Trump is awful. But I already knew that. My struggle now is… what the hell should I do? Not in terms of “call to action”, but with my actual day-to-day mindset. “Well,” says the Internet, rolling his hungover ass off my sofa in a shower of disgruntled cats, “You’ve basically got four options.” (1) “Fuck…

Germinando Vida

For about four or five years back in college, I was happily pescatarian (no meats except fish). For the most part, this was super easy for me: I love tofu and beans, and good “vegetarian food” (which should more fairly be called “cooking vegetables right”) is phenomenal. Roasted brussels sprouts, candied carrots, broiled asparagus, tomato-basil-mozzarella salad,…