I Need Words: Repairing the Shorted Cable Between Brain and Paper

I promised you all a list post today about frustrating moments when you adopt a kitten. Yet, as I tried to write it, I kept getting hung up on one frustrating moment that happened this week. Because of how my brain works, it inspired this entirely not feline-related post.

On Monday, Ezri, our “adorable” little kitten, chewed up Nikki’s $70 Macbook charger. It wasn’t a complete schism, but it was just enough to cause a short, rendering it effectively non-functional. I remember testing it using an outlet, and it will only charge if you hold the wire in a very particular way. That’s totally a fire hazard, and even if it weren’t you’d have to use the paperclip trick to keep it there. So, in the trashcan the charger went. Continue reading “I Need Words: Repairing the Shorted Cable Between Brain and Paper”

Five Things You Can Say to be More Gender Inclusive

It’s not easy changing habits, however in some cases it can lead to a better society. The way we talk and communicate can have a huge impact on the subconscious perceptions people have about races, lifestyles, and sexes. Take, for instance, gender references in language. Historically, the masculine form of words have been used to convey meaning through communication. However, that language is quickly changing due to the improvement of society. We’re now understanding that it’s not morally acceptable to single out and stereotype people based on things they have no control over. So, here are five ways that you can start using more gender-neutral language when writing and speaking. Continue reading “Five Things You Can Say to be More Gender Inclusive”