San Diego CityBeat - Backwards & in High Heels <![CDATA[Parenting the tween-ish kid - Where old and new territory collide]]> This summer, my daughter will turn 10 and will officially be a double-digit midget, as my mother used to call me once I’d aged into the tween years. Offensive, I know, but it was 1980. And it was my ]]> <![CDATA[Sandwiched: the glory of being a grown-up - Life in the middle between a dependent child and an aging parent]]> The Sunday before Christmas, while on my way to a holiday gathering with my husband and another couple, I received an email from my mother with an explosive subject line. "Emergency Room," it read.]]> <![CDATA[Shirley Owen and the urge to murder San Diegans - Visions of gun violence danced in her head]]> San Diego City Councilmember Lorie Zapf has a problem called “Shirley Owen,” which means—paging San Diego—we have a problem called “Lorie Zapf.”]]> <![CDATA[Ebony and ivory and harmony, oh my! - Stop pretending an interracial hug fixes injustice ]]> In the days between two grotesque and revealing grand-jury decisions not to indict the killers of two unarmed black men, a photo of a white policeman embracing a weeping black boy kept popping up in my Facebook feed.]]> <![CDATA[Self-medicating through trashy art - Taylor Swift and ‘The Good Wife’: just two of my guilty pleasures]]> Here’s the stone-cold truth: I’m into some superficial entertainment right now. Various news items engulf me like an avalanche: President Obama finding his immigration balls a month too late; frat boys across the country getting away with rape, ho hum.]]> <![CDATA[Going nuclear - An experiment in not exercising a hard-won fundamental right]]> On this most recent Election Day, the one that saw the U.S. Senate floor—and those of some governor’s mansions and local Podunk cubicles across the country—get scrubbed clean with the asses of Democrats, I did something that pissed off pretty much everyone I know, and a whole bunch of someones I don’t: I stayed home.]]> <![CDATA[Encinitas’ Prop. F and the dispensaries - Let’s move this time machine to 2014, shall we?]]> I don’t live anywhere near Encinitas. But a lovely, graceful, terrific writer friend of mine does, and, last week, she—a cancer survivor and user of medicinal marijuana herself—drafted a lovely, graceful, terrific letter to some local publications about Prop. F. More specifically, it was about her opposition to it.]]> <![CDATA[How not to run a marathon - Zero-2-couch in 10 easy weeks]]> Too many people have been turned off to not running a marathon simply by trying to start off too fast. Their bodies rebel and they wind up in a mental funk, wondering why anyone would possibly want to not run in the first place.]]> <![CDATA[Winter is coming - The Southern California preppers edition]]> Wow, was that a summer or what? I don’t know about you, but in my 22 years of living in this casual little city that’s trying on fancy britches, I cannot recall a hotter five months. ]]> <![CDATA[The iWatch is more iExtraordinary than you’ve imagined - From real-time-death notification to hot-flash tabulation, it does it all]]> As the winner of an online sweepstakes (I stumbled onto it when I mistyped a url while shopping), I got to test drive the new iWatch for a week and am therefore in a unique position to weigh in on the attributes of this game-changing device.]]> <![CDATA[Ice buckets and social justice - Can we do more than one thing at a time?]]> When I was finally able to turn my focus to the fundraiser, I didn’t have high hopes for it. Either dump water or write a check as a strategy seemed misguided. Why isn’t it both? I thought. ]]> <![CDATA[To my white tribe - You are mine, and I am yours, so let’s deal with it]]> White people like you and me, dear CityBeat reader, have the privilege not to deal with any of the race realities if we don’t want to.]]> <![CDATA[Deporting refugees and welcoming Ebola - America and her priorities]]> Now for a whole bunch of words: Fever, vomiting, diarrhea, bleeding from every orifice, death, no cure. Also: The World Health Organization has warned that the virus is spreading faster than efforts to control it. ]]> <![CDATA[Fighting the fight of body-conscious girls - It might be unwinnable]]> Research out of the NYU Child Study Center has shown that girls’ self esteem peaks at age 9. It peaks, people! ]]> <![CDATA[The relative depravity of soccer and Ann Coulter - In the end, it’s only a game]]> The 2014 World Cup hasn’t received so much of Glenn Beck’s ire that I’m aware of, but Ann Coulter filled the void last week with a screed of her own.  ]]> <![CDATA[This is not a test of the Emergency Broadcast System - This is an actual emergency—is this thing on?]]> As of this moment, most schools in the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) have let out for the summer, and kids all around the city are settling into routines—camps for the haves, video games for the have-nots.]]> <![CDATA[Yes, All Women: Be aware and be pissed - But be a little afraid, too ]]> It’s nothing short of infuriating that women and girls should have to fear abuse and violence for no reason other than being women.]]> <![CDATA[How to keep little campers busy this summer - 8 excellent San Diego programs aimed at kids]]> Many of you are still designing the Spirograph Venn diagrams of summer, trying to maximize your dollars while splicing together travel and dentist appointments. For all you lollygaggers, here are a few camp ideas.]]> <![CDATA[Nobody puts Baby in a corner - On feminism and who gets to define my brand of it]]> My friend Heather and I were talking about a non-vagina-having, self-important troll named Randy Dotinga who told me via Twitter that I’m no feminist.]]> <![CDATA[No curtains for San Diego Opera - Says the little person with no knowledge of it]]> ince last July, we’ve seen the implosion of a mayor, the centennial celebration, the Ken Cinema and San Diego Opera. And yet, SeaWorld still beckons the masses despite the wailing mother whales we all cried with in Blackfish. Can you stand it? I ask you: Can you stand it? ]]>