August 2009

A Wild Encounter

21 August, 2009 // 0 Comments

My father, my Chinese mother, and I recently went on a stroll along the Haul Road to the Pudding Creek Bridge, in all its glory. While we were leaning over the rail of the bridge to look at the tiny tourists scampering below, I noticed what I ...

Dangerous Lychees

21 August, 2009 // 2 Comments

This feature about palliative care specialists in the Times is really interesting, and very timely. We should be having frank discussions about end of life care and the procedures/treatments we do/don’t want before it’s too late to make ...

Acidic Eels

20 August, 2009 // 2 Comments

Gentle readers, I have a confession to make. I’m not proud, but I just can’t hide the truth any longer. I’ve joined the dark side. You can follow (that’s what the kids say) @meloukhia on Twitter now. I know, I’ve been ...

Rustling Brooms

19 August, 2009 // 2 Comments

This is incredibly depressing, and a sobering reminder that the VA’s failure to properly identify veterans who need psychological help sometimes strikes very close to home. I’ve said it before and I’m sure I will say it again: the ...

Advocate This

18 August, 2009 // 0 Comments

I’ve decided that I have really gotten tired of people “playing the devil’s advocate” in discussions about issues like feminism, racism, ableism, LGBQT rights, and so forth. These people are usually male, usually white, ...

Dusty Roots

18 August, 2009 // 0 Comments

First, a point of clarification, since some people seem to be having difficulty with this when they link to me: if you’re going to mention this site by name, the name of this website is this ain’t livin’. It’s not This ...

Devaluing the Disabled Body

17 August, 2009 // 4 Comments

Two separate posts about disability issues have had me thinking lately about the way in which our society systematically devalues the disabled body. One, on Feministe, about a casting call for someone to play a disabled character, and another, on ...
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