A major takeaway: I didn’t fail at programming!

This past semester I took a class on iOS app development. I have been building websites since I was 14 (back in the days of geocities and black backgrounds with fancy bright fonts and animated gifs before they were cool), both personally and professionally, so I have quite a bit of knowledge and experience with…

My life last week in five songs

When I heard we’d be blogging about our life in music, I was really excited. Then when I actually sat down to write the post, I realized two things: I can’t remember what I did last week. My life is pretty much the same every day. To take care of the first part, I sat…

The Baby Veronica Case and why it frustrates me

Last week on Tuesday the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that has received widespread media attention. This case, nicknamed The Baby Veronica Case but formally Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, surrounds adoption of Indian children and the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). ICWA is a law that was enacted in 1978…

Meeting Leymah Gbowee: This Writer’s Wish

I’m not sure where I would take one of the most awe-inspiring social workers of our time, Leymah Gbowee, for lunch. As a relatively new social worker interested in both children’s/women’s issues and international (particularly African) affairs, I would be astounded to even get the opportunity to see her, let alone eat lunch and have…

An Anti-Poverty Idea: Subsidized Child Care for Low-Income Parents

Well it’s the new legislative session in Minnesota, and I’ve got to say, I’m feeling pretty excited about it. I’ve seen many bills introduced that would work to reduce poverty here in Minnesota, including several addressing the foreclosure crisis (one would declare a moratorium on foreclosures!) and a few others that would raise the minimum…

Happy Thanksgiving! …Right?

On Thursday, many of us will be celebrating Thanksgiving. It’s a day to remember all the things for which we are thankful, a day to be spent with our families and cherished friends. Most of the morning and early afternoon is spent making a huge meal composed of way too much food (thank goodness for…