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?…