Assata taught me I’m an asshole

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Assata taught me I’m an asshole. That’s right. A complete tool. I didn’t know who Assata Shakur was before September 2014 because I’m white. I bet if you are white and reading this, you aren’t sure who Assata Shakur is. It’s okay. Admitting you’re an asshole is the first step. Hanging out in front of the Ferguson Police Department as Keep reading!

Why kids listen to anyone but their parents

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Why won’t my kids listen to me? Because I birthed them! I’m disqualified! Three children is sometimes a lot of children. You delude yourself that they become easier to handle when they can understand words and can physically do things, like take out the trash. Somehow your offspring being able to pitch in doing chores seems like progress when they Keep reading!

Officer made choice, not mistake, to kill Walter Scott

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I clicked on the video of the South Carolina police officer murdering Walter Scott by shooting the fifty year old veteran father in the back though I refuse to watch any of the ISIS beheading videos. The video of Scott’s murder was as grotesque as I imagine the ISIS videos to be, but I think the reason I watched this one Keep reading!

Teachable moments about racism: Who are they for?

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Teachable moments are for us all I attended the University of Oklahoma for undergrad as well as law school back when big shoulder pads were exceeded only by the bigness of your hair. I pledged Kappa Alpha Theta (Theta) as a freshman at OU and thwarted all predictions when I became an officer (social director twice & V.P. in charge Keep reading!

Grown woman okay blaming parents for self-absorption, racism

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I’m self-absorbed, so it makes perfect sense that I can’t relate to the experience of any other human being unless it touches my life personally. I can totally understand why so many people extoll the virtues of self-absorption. It is just so easy to assume the world revolves around me. I know I’m a grown woman, but my parents did Keep reading!

Online friends: teens meet for first time

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Online friends: What could possibly go wrong? My teenage daughter, who lives in Missouri, met another teenage girl, who lives in California, over the Twitter last year. They became online friends on fandom sites. For those without a teen-to-adult dictionary, a fandom is an online social network revolving around a particular interest (such as a movie, character, celebrity, etc.). It’s Keep reading!

St. Louis RV show customer review

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A few dozen friends and I attended the 37th Annual St. Louis RV Travel & Vacation Show at the America’s Convention Center over the weekend. My very first RV show, y’all! What to not wear to the RV show: eyeliner We wanted to look striking walking around the show room so we put on A LOT of black eyeliner. Brittany Keep reading!

Why protest? #FaceRacism

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Why protest an RV show? Why protest anywhere? The point is to reach as many people as possible to have the biggest impact. Besides, some of those recreational vehicles are bigger and nicer than my house. Who wouldn’t want to fart around inside a $500,000 recreational vehicle? Protest is appropriate anywhere and nowhere. The venue is simply a means, not Keep reading!

MyFitnessPal needs to motivate me better

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A good friend of mine and I started using the MyFitnessPal app the summer of 2014. For the uninitiated, the MyFitnessPal app tracks calories and food consumption as well as calories burned through exercise. Like finding the right personal trainer (I prefer ones that tolerate me cursing through most of my exercises), it’s important to find the right companion fitness Keep reading!

There, I said it: winter sucks

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The inside of my nose feels like it’s lined with fiberglass. I want to remove my eyeballs and soak them in a vat of KY jelly until they are reconstituted like dried out mushrooms. The skin on my fingers is cracked and my feet look like crusty dog chew toys. My lips are as supple and kissable as a sun-dried Keep reading!