A high school fails its own civics lesson, and free speech takes a hit.

Last week, my daughter’s high school hosted a “Club Fair” at lunch so students could see a display of all the school’s clubs and decide which ones to join. The Diva saw a Young Republicans Club, so BECAUSE BOOM, SHE’S MY KID, she looked around for a Young Democrats club. There wasn’t one. She came home and told me, and I was all, for the love of Harry S. Truman, how typical of a high school located in this corner of St. JohnsRead more

Kaepernick Redux, and more black oppression

Well, it was nice to hear from so many of you! Apparently we are very passionate about: a. standing up for the national anthem b. sitting down for the national anthem c. whether Colin Kaepernick is a decent quarterback d. pro football season in general A recap: last month, I wrote about football player Colin Kaepernick, a quarterback for the 49ers, and his decision to quietly sit down for the national anthem when it’s played at the beginning of hisRead more

The National Anthem, Colin Kaepernick, and real respect.

Last Sunday, Hot Firefighter Husband said, “This is the last Sunday I’ll be uninterested in what’s on tv.” Because football. And because being obsessed with politics doesn’t take up nearly enough of his time. My eyes began rolling in big dizzying circles. BUT THEN here comes Colin Kaepernick, a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, letting his brain focus on something other than big men chasing small balls. Okay, man. Now I’m interested. Colin Kaepernick is the guy who wouldn’t stand up for theRead more

#BlackLivesMatter to me. Here’s why.

This is hard. I’ve told you before that growing up in the 1970s, I attended an all-girls private Catholic school in uptown New Orleans. There were 52 girls in our class; three of them were black. No one was outwardly mean to the black girls, but neither were they our friends outside of school. The majority of these classmates were a bastion of privilege and exclusivity; I desperately wanted to be like them. I was privileged, for sure – but I didn’tRead more

Things missing from my life right now

1   Dad. Fifty-four years ago today, my parents were wed, thereby paving the way for my very existence. Within a two-week period, Dad graduated from college, married my mom, was commissioned into the U.S. Navy, and moved to Norfolk for his first ship assignment. I miss his ability to get things done. 2   My rearview mirror.  I drive my father’s 2001 GMC Yukon. He called it the Burb, because it’s like a fake Suburban. The other day HotRead more

The PLAYERS Championship in the ‘hood, drunks, and citizen responsibility

Welcome to the week of The PLAYERS Championship, the internationally renowned golf tournament that takes place in my backyard and so clogs up local traffic I pack an ice chest to go to the grocery store. I’m not complaining (TOO much) because it is pretty cool to have such an esteemed event in my neighborhood. HOWEVER. There are glitches. So yesterday afternoon, I was driving home after picking up the Diva, who had met a friend for ice cream. The Diva’s entireRead more

Dear Savvy Sister: How do I deal with transgender-phobics?

Dear Savvy Sister, I’m totally with you on the transgender bathroom thing – ridiculous. My cousin’s wife and another cousin’s fiancee (both conservative and religious) have been very vocal on social media against Target and I was getting more and more pissed about it – especially since the fiancee’s future sister-in-law is in a 30-year lesbian relationship (now finally, a legal marriage) and is so masculine that some people might think she’s transgender. SOOOO irritating!!!! Anyway, the other one, the wife, reallyRead more

Me, in trouble with Homeland Security. REALLY.

I am in so much trouble. I have an actual case number with the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY and could be disqualified from the TSA PreChecked Screening program for committing an actual crime. I’m serious. I’m more badass than I ever imagined. For true. Here’s what happened: last summer – on June 26, 2015, according to official Transportation Security Administration records – the Tricia Booker family went to the airport to catch a flight to Boston. You may remember this tripRead more

What I’m reading: Growing up gay in 1960s-era Florida

Remember the tv series NYPD Blue, and the episode in which Dennis Franz shows his butt? I loved that show. Twenty-one years ago, when Hot Firefighter Husband (who was then just Editor Husband) wanted us to move to north Florida from Minnesota, this place was still so backwards obtuse birdbrained that the show had been banned here. It was almost a deal-breaker. Go back even further in your time machine, and imagine being gay while growing up deep in theRead more

Transgenders, bathrooms, and a bit of tequila.

Oh, dear. Anita Staver, a Kentucky lawyer who heads up the group The Liberty Council, announced this week that she’ll be carrying her Glock .45 handgun when she pees in Target to protect herself against transgender people. In case you only read news about the Kardashians, here’s the relevant update: in light of a recent law in North Carolina stating that transgender people must use bathrooms corresponding with their genders at birth, the Target corporation announced that transgender people shouldRead more