Wear Your Seatbelt

On Saturday night, I had dinner with some of my favorite people – a judge and his partner. At dinner, we talked about their upcoming wedding. I offered my services as a songstress for the ceremony – my Wind Beneath My Wings, my Endless Love – they kindly declined…

Putting People First is Good for Business

One of the major effects of the 40 year political movement waged by big business is that we have learned how to evaluate ideas from their perspective. Think about it. When you hear about paid parental leave, you wonder if it is fair to employers because they’ll have to…

Your Safety Shouldn’t Be a Crap Shoot – Why Senator Tillis Is so Very Wrong

You may have heard that Thom Tillis, a Republican United States Senator from North Carolina, said that government shouldn’t require restaurant workers to wash their hands after they use the bathroom. He said, “I don’t have any problem with Starbucks if they choose to opt out of this policy…

Conservative Justices on the Supreme Court Have Gone Insane

Everyone is talking about Linda Greenhouse’s column, in which she admits that the conservative justices on the Supreme Court have gone insane. If you don’t have the patience to read it, let me summarize it: The Supreme Court is hearing a new challenge to Obamacare. It’s not that the…

6 Tips for Picking the Right Shrink

AudioBlog: A combination blog post and podcast. 6 Tips for Picking the Right Shrink In honor of Robin Williams, whose depression and anxiety drove him to his end this week, we hereby declare our full throated encouragement to go get yourself some help. Therapy – hard, bitter, sometimes triumphant…

10 Outrages Fixed by Health Care Reform – Part 5

Outrage #1: Apple Pie Economics Rewards Cheap Employers Companies can beat their competitors by charging less – if they let the government pick up the tab for employee health insurance.  Solution: Big Companies have to provide health insurance (a/k/a “Pay or Play”): Beginning in 2014, companies with 50 full…

10 Health Care Outrages Fixed By Health Care Reform – Parts 1-5

This is a series called “10 Health Care Outrages Fixed by Health Care Reform. I wrote this because I didn’t know what was in the big bill the President signed last March – and this was a good way to find out. Having read the contents, I’m actually proud…