Awkward

This evening I felt uncomfortable watching The Help on TV while a large African-American man baked cornbread in my kitchen. After a few minutes of watching a fictional young white woman bridge America’s racial divide, I realized I was being very inconsiderate to my roommate’s guest. So, I switched to watching Ice Age: The Meltdown in […]

Courtesy

This week, I was dismayed by a stranger’s discourtesy online. I know that the anonymity of the Internet makes some people feel emboldened to all kinds of rudeness from insults to threats, but usually those things are not directed at me. Most of the time, the people in my life are courteous. They generally hold […]

Self-employed engineer

In an email with only occasional punctuation, but with frequent capitalization, came this: “I am self employed Engineer,Studied the course Metro-Chemical Engineering with a Degree.” Metro-chemical engineering must be for men of ambiguous sexuality who have excellent fashion sense. I’m picturing David Beckham in Fort McMurray. Or, maybe metro-chemical engineering is for studying the fumes in the Paris transit system.