Help Right a Shameful Wrong: Restore National Guard Re-Enlistment Bonuses

Help right a shameful wrong. As a citizen of this country, I’m ashamed that our government is asking its servicemen and women to repay what it terms “excessive” re-enlistment bonuses promised to National Guardsmen to get them to re-enlist and serve overseas in U.S. combat operations. We honor our contracts. We honor our young men Read More …

Spring! 1000 Words + a Picture

Friday marks the official start of spring. What better time to restart the 1000 Words + a Picture event? They say that a picture is worth 1000 words; to a writer, those are fighting words! But to a writer with a new camera – well, surely some compromise is possible? Surely a picture plus 1000 words Read More …

Volunteer! Houston Food Bank

I looked at my weather app last night with a sinking feeling, and the thought, “No good deed goes unpunished…” The one thing I worried about, when committing to a shift each month at the Houston Food Bank, was that January or February might bring freezing rain. Or just that blinding, torrential downpour the Gulf Read More …

A Chance to Watch History in the Making

Less than a week to go! So excited to have been chosen to participate in this: http://www.nasa.gov/social-orion-multicenter/ For my perspective and live updates from the Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, be sure to follow me here: https://twitter.com/HollyJahangiri http://jahangiri.us/2013 http://instagram.com/hollyjahangiri This will be my first time attending a NASA Social (formerly known as NASA Tweet-up) event, Read More …

The “Like” Diet: Going on Maintenance

It hasn’t even been a week, and already, the “Like” Diet is getting a little boring. I take great pleasure in clicking “Like” when I think no one’s looking; it’s like reaching into that big bag of chips for the third time. My friend Alice posted: “STOP TAKING THOSE STUPID QUIZZES!!! You aren’t a dog, Read More …

The “Like” Diet

The “Like” Diet: A Two-Week Cleanse I’m not one for fad diets. But I’m going on a two-week cleanse, a short fast wherein I will consciously avoid “Liking” things on Facebook. I may have to share and comment more. Or ignore that which doesn’t particularly inspire more than a passing “Like.” Egads. Post by Holly Read More …

A is for Activist

Action is the Opposite of Apathy To be activist is to be, and to demonstrate, the opposite of apathetic. I’m not talking about being an activist for a particular cause, although it’s hard not to be, sometimes. I’m simply talking about standing up for what you believe is right, and speaking out against what you Read More …

Kids Are to Remind Us that It Mattters

I’m pretty sure I’ve figured out what’s behind that benign, feeble-looking smile some old people seem to wear on their faces constantly. It’s neither benign nor feeble, but likely something akin to my Grandmother’s expression: “Bless your pointy little head.” Read More …

Flaming Red Pen of Death™ Award

What Is the Flaming Red Pen of Death™ Award? This award will be given to the bloggers who exemplify the spirit of the Red Pen of Death™ by consistently exhibiting at least 5 of the following traits: Ruthless honesty in writing; A knack for irresistibly engaging the reader, compelling him or her to immediately act – Read More …