Our 5/28th Anniversary

Today marks David’s and my 5th wedding anniversary. That makes this our official anniversary in the eyes of justice — but our real anniversary was June 29th at which point we celebrated 28 years together. The law was slow to catch up. This being our Official Legal Day, however, I wish my David… …with love […]

On the Possible Impeachment

In this country everyone is supposed to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. And so it should be with Donald Trump. Impeachment is the equivalent of an indictment. It’s not in itself a conviction. After an “indictment” by the House of Representatives there’s a “trial” in the Senate. Now here it gets interesting because juries […]

2 in 1

We’ve seen and heard so much these past few years. In this one week two moments sum it all up. Moment 1 On Monday, Trump condemned white supremacy. Well, he said the words anyway. Now… If he could just manage this message with his usual spontaneity and passion, absent the teleprompter, prepared text and stilted […]

An Evening in the Park

One of the lovely amenities of Northeast Ohio is the Emerald Necklace, a network of parks surrounding the Greater Cleveland/Akron area. It spans 23,000 acres with over 300 miles of walking, bicycle, and horse trails as well as numerous picnic areas, nature education centers, golf courses, and countless fishing spots. In addition, the district includes […]

Our Summer Vacation in Harbor Springs

It’s been three years since my husband, David Lansaw, and I took a vacation away from home. That last time might best be described as escape as we fled Cleveland during the 2016 Republican Convention. As in 2016, our destination this year was Michigan where we rented a delightful cottage in Harbor Springs. The drive […]

The Gibson’s Bakery Case in Oberlin

When we hear the words “reaction” and “reactionary” we usually think of the rightwing. More and more, in our angry and polarized environment these days, the liberal left is falling into this same behavior. I wrote about this in January when I analyzed the Lincoln Memorial confrontation between Catholic high school student Nick Sandmann and […]

Remembering Dad at 21

My Dad passed away on Cinco de Mayo twenty years ago, plus 1. At 21 I guess that makes him an adult angel now. It’s amazing to think that he’s been gone nearly a third of my life. Yet he remains ever-present. I think of him almost everyday. And even when not, I know that […]

Initial Thoughts on the Mueller Report

Special Note This post was written on March 27th based solely on Attorney General Barr’s 4-page summation of the Mueller Report. A lot has happened since then. The Hill and other publications report that Barr didn’t examine the underlying evidence and documentation, nor did Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, nor did other staffers. Later Mueller wrote […]

Kent State Gathering Honors Dolores Noll

About two dozen people gathered at Kent State University’s LGBTQ Student Center this past Monday, February 11th, to remember and honor Dr. Dolores Noll. Dolores was a friend, comrade, role model and inspiration to me personally — and also to the LGBT community far and wide. It was not exactly a sad event because there […]

A Teaching Moment

There’s a teaching moment in all the uproar over events at the Lincoln Memorial a week ago Friday. But what is it? The privilege and racism of white suburban Catholic boys? Trump-inspired disrespect of Native Americans and indigenous cultures? Confrontation and suppression of Free Speech? The polarization of politics? The power and danger of social […]