Out of the Sea…Into Bigotry

These are actual comments from social media in reaction to the new Little Mermaid trailer. The hatred and racism is so disgusting. And infuriating. And disappointing. And my question is…why? Why are people so mad? Why do people even care? It’s a fictional cartoon about a mythical fish-person. What the hell does the skin colorContinue reading “Out of the Sea…Into Bigotry”

We Must Stop Giving Abusers a Platform.

Imagine if you will, a public trial between an ex-husband and wife. Horrific acts of abuse and public defamation have been claimed. The wife testifies, and shows evidence of her ex-husband repeatedly beating her. Shows proof that he threw a bottle at her, which resulted in the severing of the tip of one of herContinue reading “We Must Stop Giving Abusers a Platform.”

What If?

Trigger warning: This post discusses both the emotional and physical fallout of pregnancy loss. Last month, I got one of the biggest surprises of my life: At age 42, after 5 years of trying, and then 2 years of making our peace with becoming empty nesters, I found out I was pregnant. Yes, you readContinue reading “What If?”

Heartbeats and Heartaches

Yesterday, Texas governor Greg Abbott signed into law one of the nation’s most restrictive abortion bills yet. Senate Bill 8, aka the Texas Heartbeat Bill, prohibits abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. It doesn’t specify a timeframe, but heartbeats can be detected as early as 6 weeks, before many women even know theyContinue reading “Heartbeats and Heartaches”

Justice For George – Derek Chauvin Trial, Day 11

Day 11 continued with more witnesses from the state. The morning opened with some drama though, as a few motions were brought forward to be addressed. The first was Morries Hall, George Floyd’s friend who was in the car with him on the day of his death. Hall has said he will not testify, andContinue reading “Justice For George – Derek Chauvin Trial, Day 11”

Justice For George – Derek Chauvin Trial, Days 9-10

Day 9 brought some very powerful scientific testimony in regards to George Floyd’s cause of death. Dr. Martin Tobin, a world-renowned pulmonologist and critical care physician at Loyola University Medical Center and at the Hines Veteran Administration Hospital in Illinois, was called as an expert medical witness for the prosecution. Dr. Tobin testified that George FloydContinue reading “Justice For George – Derek Chauvin Trial, Days 9-10”

Justice for George – Derek Chauvin Trial, Day 8

So far, much of this week’s testimony has been on policy, a shift from the emotional testimonies of week 1.  LAPD Sgt. Jody Stiger took the stand again, lending his knowledge as a use-of-force expert for the prosecution.  Yesterday, he testified that he has reviewed more than 2,500 use-of-force incidents in his career. Sgt. StigerContinue reading “Justice for George – Derek Chauvin Trial, Day 8”

SIDEBAR: What You Will and Won’t Hear During the Trial of Derek Chauvin

There are a couple of questions I keep seeing on social media, that I think are fair and valid, and that need to be answered.  I wanted to tackle this, outside of the trial coverage posts. First thing everyone is asking, is when will we hear about Chauvin’s past?  When will we hear details ofContinue reading “SIDEBAR: What You Will and Won’t Hear During the Trial of Derek Chauvin”

Justice For George – Derek Chauvin Trial, Day 7

Day 7 of testimony started with a hearing regarding the potential testimony of Morries Hall. Hall, who was in the vehicle with George Floyd on May 25, 2020, appeared via Zoom in front of Judge Peter Cahill this morning to determine if he will testify in Chauvin’s trial.  Hall is on the prosecution’s potential witness list.Continue reading “Justice For George – Derek Chauvin Trial, Day 7”