Since retiring from his position as chairman of the Manchester, Conn. Democratic Committee in 2007, a position he’d held for 47 years, lifelong Manchester resident Ted R. Cummings has been “staying out of the way,” he said, while spending time with friends and family. Fresh from a trip to Israel to visit a son who’s been living there with his family since 1974, Cummings agreed to spend some time talking to the Journal Inquirer about his childhood, his participation as a Marine in the Battle of Guadalcanal during World War II, and what inspired his interest in politics. Continue reading
Originally published in the Journal Inquirer as “How can we stop rape?” Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013
by Kristen J. Tsetsi
The University of Michigan reports that according to studies conducted in 2000 and 2001, teaching men to be dominant and aggressive often leads to their development of hyper-masculinity, male peer support for sexual aggression, and adversarial sexual beliefs.
Earlier studies conducted from 1974 to 1997, the university reports, show additional factors contributing to sexual violence include sex-role socialization, rape myths, lack of sanction for abuse, male peer support groups, and all-male membership groups such as fraternities and sports teams. Continue reading
told in 178 or more cliches
Ah, to be young and foolish. In one fell swoop, Jenny had learned that history repeats itself, and she was therefore resolved to never again put her cart before the horse and to always look before she leaped.
Originally published Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 in the Journal Inquirer
by Kristen J. Tsetsi
The website wikiHow, which offers step-by-step instructions on how to build a door, drive a car with manual transmission, and accept not having children, also explains how to achieve thigh gap.
Thigh gap, an aesthetic desired by a segment of young people (primarily females), is a space that exists between the thighs even when standing with the feet together. It’s a look somewhat common among very skinny runway models that might occur naturally in people with wide-set hips, but which is otherwise difficult to achieve without extreme and unhealthy weight loss.
It might seem because the thigh gap is currently trending online that this is some newfangled danger threatening America’s children, but what is more likely is that Continue reading
[Note: This drive was initially inspired by the government shutdown, which you'll see reflected in the post below. But the end of the government shutdown doesn't mean the end of the donation book sale. All proceeds from any remaining copies purchased will still go to the Fisher House.]
Everyone has seen in the news the failure of the government to send survivor benefits to military families who lost a loved one at war. Shutdown, and all. So the Fisher House has taken over.
To help the Fisher House (rather, the families they’re helping), I’m selling all of the copies of the signing & giveaway left-overs I have lying around my house Continue reading
In news-of-the-crazy, parents of teens who trashed the house of former NFL player Brian Holloway want to sue Holloway because he posted pictures & names on his website of the teens who broke into, partied in, and damaged his house – pictures he was only able to obtain because the teens intelligently made them available on social media (accompanied by such comments as, “518 was the place to be. Busted or not, #fuckinglegit,” and “Fuxking cleared a porch and a kid who [nice use of "who," Amanda Briell!] broke through a screen got my way to Cumbys and got away from the trooper there too!”). Continue reading
Craig Lancaster is celebrating a hell of a milestone. (He’ll explain it to you below.) Please read on for great advice, to get to know Craig a little (he’s fun to know), and to find out how you can enter to win free prizes that include excellent reading material and excellent company.
To keep things a little more active here than they’ve been lately, I’ll not only be writing profiles of creative types, but I’ll also be hosting guest posts about subjects I find interesting. As someone who’s lived in different small towns around the US (including North Dakota) as well as in Germany, this seemed fitting for the first one.
I hate what has come to be the accepted standard of self-promotion for authors.
For work lately I’ve been profiling area farms that appear in farmers markets in my paper’s circulation area. It’s been so much fun to learn a little bit about the people behind the products that I decided I wanted to start doing something similar for my website. Only, instead of farms and farmers, it would be creative people who put stuff out into the world for a different kind of consumption.
My first profile subject is Dave Mercier Continue reading