why unions are good

La Resistance

Last night, I read an interesting article from the NY Times that talked about a new book by Timothy Noah that points out “The Great Divergence,” between the “haves” and the “haves not” – but in this particular case, was specifically talking about unions. As the daughter of a man who worked for Eastern Airlines, an airline eventually dismantled and bought out, I remember going to union meetings with my parents to support the strike. I always thought unions were a good...

Helping Hands

Helping Hands

When the news of us being pregnant and moving abroad had gotten out, my mother said, “You’re going to need help.” I curtly shot back, “Mom, please. Plenty of women before me have had babies and raised them and didn’t have ‘help’ – I’ll be fine.” When Rafa was born, my mom and grandmother were already here, helping us. When they left, they were leaving us with our nanny, Shelley. Thanks to her, I don’t remember the last time I really cleaned....


Why Does Everyone Want to Be On Johnny Bananas’ Team?

Disclaimer: I, in no way shape or form, have a personal problem with said Johnny Bananas. I’m sure he is a perfectly nice guy. But that is not the issue here. Position: Rewind your mind back to high school. Who got invited to all of the parties but was kind of a dick? Who was always voted in as president even if he was super unqualified? Who was the trouble maker but never got caught? Answer: Johnny Bananas. (Not in every school...


Occupy America!

The word “occupy” according to The Merriam-Webster dictionary, has a few definitions. Let’s review: Definition 1. To engage or employ the attention or concentration of  Definition 2. To reside in as an owner  Definition 3. To take or fill  Regardless of what the definition you choose to define “occupy,” what is happening here is something I have hoped to see for some time. People making moves trying to change what needs changing. I just didn’t think I’d ever see it. Let’s...