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Watch your language: Judge’s statement grants custody to wrong parent while unfairly castigating mother

In a New York Times story posted November 23, author Erik Eckholm told the story of a mother denied her reproductive rights.

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Photo credit: The New York Times

Within the last year, Sara McKenna, United States Marine, firefighter and ivy-league student was forced to surrender custody of her son after being reprimanded for “virtually absconding with her fetus.”

After exploring a short relationship with Olympic skier and Alpine racer Bode Miller, McKenna became pregnant. The two ended their relationship, but kept in touch.

After seven months of pregnancy, McKenna alerted Miller that she intended to attend Columbia University and planned to move to New York.

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“It’s Brooklyn baby.” from McKenna’s Twitter
(@Sara_A_McKenna)

Miller accused McKenna of fleeing and a New York judge accused McKenna of “absconding” with the fetus. That statement allowed a California court to grant Miller custody of the baby—before he was even born. Continue reading Watch your language: Judge’s statement grants custody to wrong parent while unfairly castigating mother

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Step away from the news: reading fiction fuels creativity

Last week, on a plane to Long Beach, California, JetBlue Airways stuck me in a middle seat between two professional-looking gentlemen.

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Photo credit: Creative Commons

After takeoff, I pulled out a book and tried to begin reading. But the intensity with which both gentlemen scrutinized their seat-back televisions immediately distracted me.

Leaning forward with nearly unblinking eyes, Tweedledee and Tweedledum  were happily enslaved by the news.

Now, watching these two Type-A shmucks engrossed in re-tellings of rape, murder, dirty money and dirtier politicians inspired something dangerous.

We need fiction.

We need fiction to relax. We need it to escape.

We need fiction to finally castrate our jack-ass boss and bring our favorite television characters together when it would never happen on the show.

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Photo credit: Creative Commons

We need things that haven’t happened to explain what’s happening now. Continue reading Step away from the news: reading fiction fuels creativity