How To Find the Truth

With all the advertisements, media spin, rumors, sales pitches and more that come our way, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to make a correct decisions based on fact. Have you ever wondered how to find out the truth? One way is to become a critical thinker. Critical thinking means disciplined thinking that is clear, rational, open-minded, and informed by evidence. The most important part of that sentence is “informed by evidence,” meaning the decision you are making is based on verifiable,Read more

Restore the Voting Rights Act

It’s been three years since the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act or VRA.  What does that mean for Americans? What even IS the VRA? If you are, like I was, unfamiliar with the VRA, this blog will explore why it was–and still is–essential to American Democracy.  History President Lyndon B. Johnson’s address to Congress about his vision of a Voting Rights Act occurred on March 15, 1965. His speech took place one week after the events inRead more

VOTER SUPPRESSION 101

Voter Suppression. It’s something I hadn’t spent much time thinking about until this election cycle. The GOP has driven so far to the right that their base threw up their hands and went for a non-politician. The Democratic Party also shifted so far to the right that a progressive movement rose up and got behind the campaign of a not-widely known Senator from Vermont.  Big money and Super Pacs have been deciding elections, the mainstream media’s been selling everyone aRead more

12 Quick Tips to Help You Feel Confident

None of us go through life with our confidence meter stuck on 100% all of the time. Why do we feel confident? Why don’t we? Improving our confidence takes self-reflection and practice. I recently conducted a  workshop on improving self-confidence at the University of San Diego’s Women’s Center. I had about an hour to condense a broad topic into a crash course. In addition to a quick look at psychological studies of confidence issues based on gender, and providing aRead more

WWBD- What Would Batman Do?

Do you remember when you were little and people would ask “What do you want to be when you grow up?” When I was 5 years old someone asked me that question and there was only one answer. BATMAN. Watching cartoons, I’d learned about Batman. He’s the secret identity of Bruce Wayne, an American billionaire who witnessed the murder of his parents as a child and swore revenge on criminals. His vengeance is tempered with the great ideal of justice. I was captivated.Read more

NOT ME,US- THE SANDERS CAMPAIGN

This week I went to the San Diego Convention Center on Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m.  I’m a veteran of many Comic-Cons, so it was eerie to walk along a nearly-deserted sidewalk and go right into the building. Inside, things got a bit more familiar. There was a roped off area inhabited by about 20 people. I assessed the situation and claimed a spot against a wall to support my back, near 3 friendly Latinas. To my left, a youngRead more

WHY FACTS DON’T MATTER

          When it comes to making an impression in a speech, one of the most important things to remember is that people don’t care about facts. What? That can’t be right! You might be thinking. Here’s an example: I recently heard a speech by a businessman who owns his own company. He told us about how he started it and detailed all the services it provided, giving us all the facts and figures. Did I care? No. Why? It wasRead more