commented on To Avoid Rape, "Try not to show fear."
We had a cop give a rape prevention session in my dorm - Texas, 1986. He covered most of the same territory, then added his own advice: if attacked, claw, bite, scream 'fire,' and take your heels off. He noted a stiletto goes through the ears/eyes quite nicely.
Nov 10, 2012
commented on Teacher Throws Book, Hits Student, to Make a Point
My high school English teacher had a plastic penguin he would throw at kids who weren't paying attention. It was soft rubber, but hurt like hell. No one ever complained. They just did a better job of covering up whatever they were doing.
Mar 5, 2011
commented on A Few Brief Notes on Costumes and Nerd-Ladies
I was shocked that Derrick Robertson was all alone, drawing a beautiful Spider Jeruselem - yet the lines for Fringe actors was huge. Priorities, people. (Robertson was both lovely and gracious when he signed my book.)
Feb 16, 2011
commented on Teacher Unions Lash Out Against Bill Seeking to End "Last In, First Out" Rule
We lost a wonderful 2nd year teacher at our son's elementary school last year due to RIFs - they gave us a teacher who had been with the district 20+ years. My son's gym classes consisted of watching "Scooby Doo" cartoons and the occasional Veggie Tales.
The teacher disappeared around February. A month later, they sent a letter home saying the teacher was taking an extended leave that conveniently lasted until he hit his retirement date at the end of the school year.
We got our 2nd year teacher back this year, thank god.