Of Mice And Women

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Back in the early 1970s when I was a young nurse at Cincinnati General Hospital I was rejected from participation in a clinical study because I was female. At that time, the Hospital had a floor dedicated to clinical research, where patients or healthy subjects who were part of a clinical trial would often spend the night, as they were being … [Read more...]

Sexism in the Senate? Do Tell…

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New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, once famously called “the Senate’s hottest member” by Democrat and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, has a book coming out this month entitled “Off the Sidelines.”  In it, she shares that she has had to put up with sexual harassment and “fat shaming” from other male Senate colleagues and … [Read more...]

Labor: It’s Not Just What We Do, It’s What We Add

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Labor may seem like a quaint carryover from the times of large unions and heavy manual production, but even in our technology age, there is nothing that we do in a day that doesn't rely on the efforts of others.  From the beds we sleep on, the food we eat, the buildings we live and work in, the roads we travel, the vehicles we drive, the technology … [Read more...]

Don’t Give Up. A Better World Is Possible.

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There are days when it is just overwhelming to think about all the wrongs being done and the incredible pain being inflicted in our world -- wars, murders, shootings, rapes, suicides, cruelties, floods, droughts, pollution, disease, poverty, homelessness, hunger, lies, corruption, theft ...How does one look in to the cavernous depths of so many … [Read more...]

A Herd Of Wild Horses: Genetics And Preservation

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About a month ago I was able to see the wild horses of Corolla, North Carolina for the first time.  What a sight they are to watch in their natural habitat.Our guide told us that the wild horses came to the area about 500 years ago when the Spanish were exploring the Atlantic coastal area.  The waters around Nags Head are an atrocious place to … [Read more...]

The Black Dog of Depression

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As heartbreaking as it is to lose such notable creative talents as Robin Williams and Seymour Hoffman through depression, it is even more heartbreaking to know that, globally, 350 million people live with depression.  The sad truth is we all know someone who is depressed, we just might not realize how real their depression is or how deeply it … [Read more...]

Javelina Encounter

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This morning, as I am concluding my daily jog, I come up over a little hill – pushing myself to finish strong as I run faster on that last stretch of desert earth. My shoes are crunching away, I’m breathing heavily, the humidity is kicking my butt, and I “think” I hear something. But I can’t tell due to all the noise I’m making. So I dismiss the … [Read more...]

Words: “…the danger of futility…”

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"...the danger of futility:the belief there is nothing one man or one woman can do against the enormous array of the world's ills-against misery and ignorance, injustice and violence. Yet many of the world's greatest movements, of thought and action, have flowed from the work of a single man [woman]...Few will have the greatness to bend history … [Read more...]

Will Women Decide the 2014 Elections?

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It is always my privilege to be a guest on the top rated Jerry Doyle Show.  Jerry and I debate the power of women in the upcoming midterms, some risky Senate races and why women don’t give more dough politically.  Often, money equals influence so its important for women to find new ways to make themselves heard.For some background on the changing … [Read more...]

Is There A Hillary Metric?

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On her book tour for HARD CHOICES, Hillary Clinton has been getting a fair amount of lambasting from a pundit class that looks to be lying in wait in the tall grass. As usual, Secretary Clinton is graded by a different metric than other potential candidates or private citizens, which she is.  Is there a level of good that would be good enough in … [Read more...]

Needing To Belong … xkcd: Spirit

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The need to belong is one of the most basic human motivations.We want to feel connected, accepted and valued.And when we don't belong, we lose spirit.Webcomic by xkcd: SpiritNo wonder not belonging is one of our biggest fears.###Related articles across the web 'xkcd' creator Randall Munroe gets asteroid named after him … [Read more...]