A Note on Hate

I live in the suburbs of Philadelphia, a long-time democrat bastion.  My neighborhood is fairly diverse, and mostly liberal.  Yet as a registered Independent, broad categories such as ‘liberal’ and ‘conservative’ do not interest me.  I find trends, or patterns of human action, far more interesting.  One particular trend has caught fire in my community. […]

The Empowerment Delusion

Living amidst the rather controversial and somewhat nuanced third wave of feminism, women are constantly being informed and reminded about the need to be empowered.  Women need to see their self worth, know their incredible potential, and thus, feel empowered.  The irony lies in the fact that “empowerment,” which may of once held merit, has […]

Marriage is Hard, but Don’t Panic

By Mary C. Tillotson Originally published March, 2014.  After complaining about all the “marriage is hard” reminders I got during my engagement and rounding up two other married women to write notes of encouragement to young, frightened brides, I found myself typing an email to a college friend of mine, telling her that marriage is, […]