In addition to this, my personal blog, I also write for a site called Zelda Lily. Blog readership in general waxes and wanes like the moon, and ZL is in kind of a comment slump at the moment (the conversations over there used to be utterly remarkable and really guided the directions that we writers chose to go in).
Instead of writing a post here today, I am going to give short descriptors of some pieces with links over to stuff I've written at ZL. It is all work that I am very proud of, writing that I believe is capable of generating some amazing conversations. It is my hope that you'll feel compelled to comment over at ZL, because it's only with a lot of comments that those amazing conversations can happen (and I don't get paid for this ... I write because I enjoy it).
* This past spring, a drug task force went to a home in New Hampshire to serve papers. The homeowner killed a police chief and injured several other officers. He also killed a young woman in the house with him, a young woman whose mother spoke out in defense of her daughter's character ... until her daughter's own involvement in a life of crime came out.
* A mother forced her 7-year-old daughter to lose weight for a Vogue photo shoot. If the poor kid makes it to adulthood without an eating disorder, no one will be more shocked than me :-(
* Henry and I watched the Super Bowl at a cigar bar. It was, obviously, quite an adventure ... and I felt shockingly out of place. Quite an experience!
* Winterguard is a sport (well, I think it's a sport) that incorporates dancing with flag and sabre tosses. Addie started doing winterguard when she was a junior, and it got me thinking about what defines the word "sport" ... and if winterguard does, in fact, qualify.
* A high school cheerleader was sexually assaulted by several classmates ... yet SHE was punished for refusing to cheer for them at a sporting event. As you may know, rape is a very serious and personal issue to me, and I couldn't get over how disgusting it was that a victim of rape had the guts to come forward and was summarily dismissed. Horrible!
* A middle school girl was suspended from school for five days for posting on Facebook that she wished Osama bin Laden had killed her math teacher. This opens up a really interesting discussion, actually, because it gets into some very dicey territory--it wasn't done at school during school hours, so SHOULD she have been consequenced at school?
Anyway, my internet is being incredibly slow, so I guess that's all I'm going to put. I do hope you read and enjoy these pieces and, if you're so compelled, get some discussion going.
I will be joining in :-)