Another school year begins

In 24 hours, I’ll be nearing the end of my first day of Fall Semester 2015. Goodness, I hope it goes well. I’ve been dreading this semester for many reasons. Not the least of which is the current political climate and how I fear it will enter my classes. After all, I’m teaching public speaking and those speaking in public today are… well… They’re a mess.

Here’s my feeble wish for this semester.



Thanks Media for Such a Great Year

Bah humbug.

For more information, check out The Representation Project, watch Miss Representation, or read Geena Davis’s two easy ways to fix this whole media mess.


Photo of the Week, 1 December 2013

Today marks the 25th World AIDS Day. It is such a simple thing, remembering and acting to insure that more people do not have to die of AIDS, but far too many people are unaware–still! This morning as I turned on my television, I realized that more people will be concerned with Auburn’s chances at making the BCS Championship game than finding a proper cure for AIDS.

On this day, I borrow this photo created by Dr. Craig Gingrich-Philbrook of Southern Illinois University. The number, 41,027, is the number of people who died before Ronald Reagan spoke about the “gay cancer,” calling it by its proper name. Gingrich-Philbrook’s scratches on a skillet are deep and human, a desperate (?) call to survive political machines that work against her citizen’s well-being. This photo has always been a powerful image for me, for so many reasons, and so appropriate on this day.

[Image credit: Craig Gingrich-Philbrook]


I Want You… to Stop Military Sexual Assault


The Department of Defense reports that in 2012, military sexual assaults rose to over 26,000– an increase of one-third since 2010. This comes on the heels of the disgusting irony that Lt. Col. Jeffrey Kruskinski, who himself led the Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, was charged with sexual battery on Sunday. This disgusts me. In all of the talk of honor, valor, and pride in the United States military, the glut of sexual assaults, reported and unreported, is a blight of arrogance, privilege, and dishonor. This February, the documentary The Invisible War vied for Best Documentary at the Academy Awards, putting too many faces to these crimes. This issue of military assault cannot be ignored.

Please contact your Representatives in Congress and the Senate to help enact measures like the Ruth Moore Act of 2013 to forge a solution to this scourge on the dignity of our servicemen and women.