I put on a high-cut plaid one-piece swimsuit that was probably too small for me; it sliced my ass into quarters. The past two weeks I’d kept my hotel room at a temperature permitting the least amount of clothing. Fluorescent-kissed cheeks were constant, most of my nights spent swimming laps in the indoor pool and then writhing alone, wet atop a milky white and freshly laundered comforter, to whatever FKA Twigs song turned me on most that day. It was Texas in August, which basically means it was hot.
As I napped the heat crept through the walls. After a moist awakening, I went to the window and [...]
It’s only an estimate, but I’ve done the math. My father died while I was in a run-down hotel lobby in Newburgh, NY, picking up my race number for a half marathon that would begin in just under an hour.
Dad, at 62, was still an impressively healthy athlete. He swam a mile a day, rode his bike twice daily and played volleyball every weekend. One of the big regrets of his life was that he could not persuade me to take an interest in the game, despite the fact that I “had the shoulders for it.” That Saturday morning last June, while I was driving north from New York [...]
In case you missed the awfully overdue conclusion to this story, the brain-dead woman in Texas being forcibly kept alive to support her likely non-viable fetus has been taken off life support as of yesterday. Her paramedic husband Erick Munoz is likely facing a minimum of $300,000 in medical bills, and his firefighters' association is raising money to support him. From CNN: "the hospital's position drew support from demonstrators outside the hospital, some of whom held signs last week that read God stands for life and Praying for Baby Munoz."
"New abortion restrictions passed by the Texas Legislature are unconstitutional and will not take effect as scheduled on Tuesday, a federal judge has ruled." Judge Lee Yeakel's order is a final one, and this is a huge victory for the Texas women that have stayed on this cause hard (and will still contend with the standing ban on abortions after 20 weeks, and requirements that abortion clinics meet the standard of surgery centers). Wendy Davis, take it to the house! [NBC/DFW]