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

#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

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

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

Dear Savvy Sister: Can I be friends with racist people?

Dear Savvy Sister, I just returned from dinner with some friends. Somehow, the discussion turned from the latest news about our children to matters a bit more serious. My friends indicated that they are sick of the “race card” being played. They really seem to believe there is no racism in this country. “We have a black president,” they pointed out.” I objected to their generalizations and referred to a recent study showing that the resumes of people with ethnic sounding namesRead more

Sex, Brad Pitt, Catholicism, child abuse, and nuns. Together again! Also, Louisiana.

Do you remember I once assumed I’d be a nun? TRUTH! Starting in middle school, us Catholic girls were told to listen for The Calling, which was God’s recruiting voice. I was – am – an oldest child, resplendent with martyr-like tendencies and a false sense of obligation, so as soon as I heard about The Calling, I figured I would just take one for the team. Whichever team. At the same time, though, I learned about sex. Sex sounded horrible, butRead more

FERGUSON: I’m thankful I can think clearly about this

Here’s something I love about being 50: I’m wise. Seriously. So damn smart. But what really makes me intelligent is not what I know, but rather what I don’t know. True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us. -Socrates I love having Socrates on my side. So. Are you smart? Think about it, especially as you watch coverage of Ferguson, MO in the aftermath of the grandRead more

Here’s what’s happening in your world.

The world seems apocalyptic lately. If you’ve been hiding under a beach umbrella, here’s a brief recap: Israeli-Gaza conflict: a fringe Hamas group kidnapped and murdered three Israeli students; to retaliate, a fringe Israeli group kidnapped a Palestinian boy and burned him alive. So Hamas started flinging rockets at Israel, and now Israel is trying to bomb Gaza to smithereens and killing lots of children in the process. Malaysian Airlines: Russian rebels in the Ukraine used Russian equipment to shoot down aRead more

I am woman, and I’m a little scary when I roar.

Recently I was at a bar with a 29-year-old friend, and a man about her age started chatting with me. “Cool!” I thought. “I still got it.” Soon, though, it was obvious he was just trying to get to my friend. That was okay. I can be a wing man. But then he said this to me: “Is that your daughter?” I didn’t hit him. Because I have manners. Damn, though, I was mad. Yes, of course I am technically old enough toRead more