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Monday, November 21,2011
Backwards & in High Heels

Education cuts mean hacking off limbs above the tourniquets

My ideas for balancing San Diego Unified’s budget

By Aaryn Belfer
Well, here it is—the midyear-budget-cut runaway train is gaining speed and headed toward San Diego Unified School District. 
Wednesday, November 9,2011
Backwards & in High Heels

Keeping my inner mommy dearest in check

Child abuse is inexcusable, but understandable—and inexcusable!

By Aaryn Belfer
I can sort of understand why folks snap. There’s a finite amount of are-we-there-yets that a reasonable adult can handle. One can only ask a kid to brush her teeth (or wash her hands, or feed the dog, or please, please, please, for God’s sake, go brush your teeth) so many times each morning, as if it’s the very first morning in the history of mornings. One can only take so much Groundhog Day.
Wednesday, October 26,2011
Backwards & in High Heels

Let us eat cheesecake

Most folks are letting their carpets get dirty; I’m letting mine grow in

By Aaryn Belfer
Not all indulgences are expensive, the Times points out. “But they could be on a party-supply list: premixed cocktails and coolers, cheesecake, cosmetics and wine.” Cheesecake saw a 22-percent sales increase in the last year. People: There’s been a run on cheese cake! Who would have thunk it?
Wednesday, October 12,2011
Backwards & in High Heels

Former CityBeat writer needs a bone-marrow transplant

Kia Momtazi is a 10 seeking a 10, and she needs your help

By Aaryn Belfer

Kia is wise beyond her years—as they say, an old soul. She is beautiful, warm, funny, kind, creative, insightful and smart. She also happens to be fighting for her life, which took an unexpected detour last spring when she learned she had Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma.

Wednesday, September 28,2011
Backwards & in High Heels

Schweddy Balls in a right-wing vice

A million moms pick a pseudo fight rather than make an actual difference for children

By Aaryn Belfer
In case you haven’t heard, an organization called One Million Moms (OMM) has got its flesh-toned, 98-percent-nylon-2-percent-lycra granny panties with the lace waistband all bunched up inside its uber-tight butt crack.
Wednesday, September 14,2011
Backwards & in High Heels

Everybody’s blackout has a soundtrack, and this is mine

Neko Case’s sad-bastard music is not appropriate when you think the world’s coming to an end

By Aaryn Belfer
I realized—as I hit forward on song after song— that if I was going to die, it wasn’t going to be to a soundtrack that included “Star Witness” and “Maybe Sparrow.”
Wednesday, August 31,2011
Backwards & in High Heels

If you’re gonna teach diversity, you have to talk about diversity

Why a popular method of pretending we don’t see color undermines progress when it comes to race

By Aaryn Belfer
The thing is, I don’t want my daughter’s choices, opportunities, identity, sense of belonging and self-worth -- and those of her black brothers and sisters in this country -- to be dictated by the pseudo-educated, pale-faced Baby Drummonds of the world.
Wednesday, August 17,2011
Backwards & in High Heels

This time, he pushed it to the limit

Mr. McGee brings out my inner Incredible Hulk

By Aaryn Belfer
I needed to know how much it would take before I would budown the house and walk away forever. I needed to see if Mr. McGee (not his real name) could actually be a responsible adult and drop his kid at the house at 11:30 a.m. on party day. And so: The call.
Wednesday, August 3,2011
Backwards & in High Heels

A school fund-raiser? At a golf course?

If I have to go to a golf course for my daughter's education, you have to come with me

By Aaryn Belfer
It turns out that, when your child goes to a school being slowly devastated, like so many others, by the decisions of people who prioritize war and the interests of a few rich folks, you’ll do some crazy stuff to preserve what little quality there is left in her public education.
Wednesday, July 20,2011
Backwards & in High Heels

Birthday boy

An open letter to my friend who’s turning 40

By Aaryn Belfer
I won’t laugh at you or make snarky remarks about the slow process of decline that is about to engulf you like a novice snowboarder caught unawares and goofy-foot in an avalanche. Because, truth be told, there is little to laugh about at this juncture.
 
 
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