Monday, April 12, 2010

Last One

Published: April 11, 2010
In Italy, home cooks invite strangers in to eat, and eat some more. Why go to a restaurant when you can taste the real thing?
Article Analysis:
Over the course of the semester I have become more withdrawn from the idea of 'hard news'. My best day will never be someone's worst day. I will never be able to grip a camera and watch as someone suffers, carefully adjusting the ISO or the shutter speed. One thing, however, has remained constant: my love for travel. I could read travel articles all day long. I am enamored by the idea of going somewhere new and writing about how beautiful people can be, how wonderful (or terrible) the food can taste and how the air smells when it rains.
My words can flow from my fingertips when I am in the mood. If I had just eaten an amazing home-cooked Italian meal in Italy, I could write ten thousand words.

Do Not Fear Losing a Hand

Published: April 9, 2010
A Scottish company’s motorized prosthetic fingers bend so that the user can more easily pick up a piece of paper, dial a cellphone or hold a glass of wine.
Article Analysis:
Great quote at the end. A perfect quote to tie that story together. The writer was very lucky.

Druuuuugsss duuuuudddeee.

Published: April 11, 2010
Scientists are studying the drugs’ potential for treating mental problems and illuminating consciousness.
Article Analysis:
If I can be frank; LSD and psilocybins's definitely cured my depression. Amazing article. It hit home with me, and is a testament to the fact that the NY Times is fucking brilliant.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Yay, for human contact!

Well: Surprisingly, Family Time Has Grown
Published: April 5, 2010
A new study shows that parents are spending more time with their families than did parents of earlier generations.

Article Analysis:

Meh, not my favorite. Loses momentum at the end.

Smiling with Her Eyes

Seeking Emotional Clues Without Facial Cues
Published: April 5, 2010
People with facial paralysis have no trouble reading others’ expressions, a study finds.

Article Analysis:

Audio slideshow trumps article. Maybe it's because you are hearing her "voice"...literally.

Foster Children Foster Bad Futures?

Study Finds More Woes Following Foster Care
Published: April 6, 2010
Problems like unemployment, crime and poverty follow many young people after they “age out” of the foster care program.

Article Analysis:

The article flows nicely till the last sentence; though it does seem a little like an infomercial. "Adopt this law now, and get your money matched for free!"

Hearing from an over 21-year-old foster kid gave the story a bit more depth. Though it would have been nice to hear from a girl. Or hear from someone who turned out well? I realize stories need to have an angle, but it is nice to get the full circle.

I Feel Lucky to Live in a Fire Safe Nation

Emergency in Kyrgyzstan as Police Fire on Protesters
Published: April 7, 2010
Large antigovernment protests broke out in the capital and riot police fired on crowds that tried to storm federal buildings, killing at least 17 people.

Article Analysis:

I love these "story articles". They flow nicely and have a definite beginning and definite end. Sometimes I felt like I was reading a war novel. Nicely done.

I am realizing more and more how much I love the NY Times. I think I might be their biggest fan... Now if only I can get them to hire me as a travel writer...
I have to write 8 more posts. I'm going to post the articles and then get back with the analysis later on.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Great Title

Scoring the Electric Mini Acid Test
Published: March 25, 2010
After leasing Mini E electric vehicles for a number of months, many of the drivers in a test program run by the company have become enthusiastic advocates.

Watched the video, very informative.

I want one!


Among Weathercasters, Doubt on Warming
Published: March 29, 2010
Meteorologists, familiar faces in people’s living rooms, are far more likely to question the science of climate change.

I can't believe meteorologists would question climate change. Yesterday it was hot, today it is cold. That is strange. It didn't get cold until the beginning of January in Florida.

I wish climatologists could be the weather people.


Militia Charged With Plotting to Murder Officers
Published: March 29, 2010
Members of a Christian militia were indicted on sedition and weapons charges in connection with an alleged plot to murder law enforcement officers.

Why were the sons arrested? The writers mention twice that the first son was arrested, and then mentions again that two sons were arrested. What for? Were they part of the militia? I hate holes in the story!


Large Hadron Collider Finally Smashing Properly
Published: March 30, 2010
Following two false starts, the world’s biggest physics machine began to collide subatomic particles on Tuesday.

So, tell me again what they're going to do now that it's working?

How Many Executions Today, Honey?

China Leads the World in Executions, Report Says
Published: March 30, 2010
China executed “thousands” in 2009, more than the rest of the world combined, Amnesty International said.

It's strange how Amnesty International is considered "one voice", and the reporter could not quote a person who worked for Amnesty International.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Media Decoder: TLC Acquires ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’
Published: March 25, 2010
Discovery Communications' TLC cable channel has acquired "Sarah Palin's Alaska," a documentary series about the former Alaska governor and her state.

NOOOOOO! That is all.
Published: March 24, 2010
Vatican officials, including the future Pope Benedict XVI, did not defrock a priest who molested as many as 200 deaf boys, even after warnings from several bishops, church files show.

Article analysis:

Wow, that was a depressing story. We hear so much about the Catholic church and molestation of young boys, but nothing is ever done about it. I highly doubt that God approves of molestation. It's all sick. So, so sick.

The article covered everything and gave an in-depth story with great quotes. I just wish the Vatican was not so secretive. Why try and hide sins? I guess they are all ashamed.

Thrash Mobs

Published: March 24, 2010
In Philadelphia, so-called flash mobs of teenagers sprint through the streets, sometimes brawling and vandalizing.

Article analysis:

Good quotes, nice coverage. Would have been nice to read some quotes by teenagers who have been "texted" but didn't attend, did attend.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Interesting story, Boring article

Published: March 22, 2010
Opponents of California’s ban on same-sex marriage are questioning the legitimacy of a trial held in January.

It's a boring, boring blah-blah lead with some boring sentences, and to top it off: more boring sentences!

What an incredibly interesting article that should have been rewarded with a personal story to start it off. Something!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

I love these third person stories; a person telling a story about person telling a story about a person's story. And I'm not being sarcastic. The video to the left of the article shows stunning photographs shrouded in shadows. Usually photojournalism is about catching an expression, a moment. Sheng shows solitude, fear and a person torn between two things; work and lifestyle.

Published: March 17, 2010
A photographer uses his art to push for social change for gays in the military.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

I Remember Mister Rogers

I'm extremely certain that I would be a completely different person today if my mother had not let me watch Mister Rogers. There are videos of me when I was two, my eyes intently focused on the small television screen in Louisiana, mouthing the words to 'Won't you be my neighbor?'.

He was like the grandfather that I never had. Teaching me about friendship, being honest and taking turns.

Published: March 16, 2010
Fred Rogers died in 2003, and while many children nationwide no longer see his TV show, images and memories of him abound in the city where he lived and worked.

Monday, March 15, 2010


Published: March 15, 2010
At a seniors’ center, President Obama talked about a cleaning woman who had dropped her costly insurance plan, only to discover she had leukemia.

Article analysis:

I would not consider this article an inverted pyramid at all. It kept my attention from beginning to end, and sadly I know hardly anything about the Health Care Bill. My parents take care of my health care and will take care of it until I graduate university. The newsworthiness of this article does not affect me, yet I read this article from the first to the last paragraph.

Sunday, March 14, 2010


Published: March 14, 2010
Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters poured into Bangkok demanding that the government step down.

Making People Feel Things is Art

Published: March 12, 2010
With the opening of “Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present,” a long-building energy wave of performance art hits the Museum of Modern Art full force.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

It's like the Civil Rights Movement all over again

Published: March 4, 2010
At least 12 people were killed in attacks aimed at soldiers, police officers and other security workers who were voting early in parliamentary elections.
I wonder if whoever is conducting these attacks realizes that they are going to have a full-scale civil rights movement on their hands. People get so zealous in their self-medicated righteousness they fail to look at the big picture.


I have a hard time analyzing news articles from a journalist perspective. Articles are either good or bad, poor or rich, correctly written or horrifyingly atrocious. So from now on, I'm going to write about the subject. If in fact I do run into an article that wants to make me claw my eyes out, I'll tell you all about it. But I'm reading the New York Times for goodness sakes!

Published: March 4, 2010
The demonstrations, which are backed by a range of groups, are taking place on college campuses and at public schools.
I think education cuts are such a bad idea. FSU and UF collectively have been doing an amazing job at getting rid of some students dreams. Physical Education and Sports Studies, Anthropology, Greek, Hospitality, etc. With 50,000 students paying somewhere between $10,000-$20,000 every year, you would think the school would have enough money to fund every major in the world. Guess not.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Published: February 28, 2010
Is there an evolutionary purpose to feeling really sad?

Why are one-to-two sentences encouraged in a news story? I like reading paragraph formed writing, more so than little short blurbs. This article, for example, is like a story on Darwin's life, laced with information about depression. It's pretty much giving the reader something to compare themselves to.

Travel through Talk

Published: February 28, 2010
A wave of immigration from the former Soviet Union has added another piece to the country’s mosaic of cultures and identities and textures.

The article begins with a walking tour through Ashdod. The leads ends with a question, prompting more discussion about Isreal's Russian influence.

I cannot stress enough how much I love the NY Times travel section. Although, I often wondered if words are forced. Is the experience really that lovely? Is the NY Times trying to appeal to different countries by not spewing the bad facts? There has got to be something distasteful that was encountered in Isreal.

Saturday, February 27, 2010


Published: February 28, 2010
A growing number of conservative Christians are acknowledging that to be “pro-life” must mean more than opposing abortion.
My view:
I love opinion editorial articles. Especially NY Times OP-ED articles. The author really connects with the reader. Talks to the reader with their words, as if they are expressing their views at the dinner table. I can find meaning in what Kristof says and agree with his view because the article is like a conversation.

Hard News

Published: February 27, 2010
The earthquake ripped apart buildings and bridges across Chile, and more than 300 people had died.
My view:
Sometimes I wonder how important a catchy headline is for hard news. People will pay attention to an article about another earthquake on the front page. I also wonder if the word 'deadly' is even needed for an 8.8-magnitude earthquake.
I think hard news should be treated delicately, in case someone has a relation to the event.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Wow, just Wow.

Scotty, the Warp Drive Needs Some Dilithium Crystals
Published: February 20, 2010
Star Trek Online, a massively multiplayer computer game, adopts the trappings of its namesake franchise without ever coming close to evoking the “Star Trek” sensibility.
And not "wow" in the popular online roleplaying game WoW. Wow, because this review is like a media version of Star Wars, Media Wars.
First, the writer talks about his 30-something year-old friend, then talks about how his friend likes Star Trek, then talks about how his friend like the Star Wars Online game, then goes on to say this:
"In other words, he perfectly fits the narrow yet potentially deep demographic that Star Trek Online aims to appeal to. That is, Trekkies who are willing to overlook brain-lockingly repetitive gameplay, unvaried design, thin storytelling, buggy client software and an almost complete dearth of meaningful social interaction in favor of a mildly diverting, moderately attractive, cleverly episodic collection of simple combat encounters among spaceships and soldiers."
What a sucky friend.

First Person

Published: February 21, 2010
Known as flightseeing, tours via small, sturdy aircraft capable of landing in uneven terrain help open up Alaska to the average traveler.
The reason I love Travel articles is because the writers use the "first-person" tense and it makes me apart of the story. A writer has so much freedom when they can say "I".
I love this article. What an amazing job that writer has.


Published: February 19, 2010
Malaria courses relentlessly through narratives of history and literature — and is expected to kill 700,000 children this year.
I do not love malaria, however, I do love articles that show the writer was not afraid to delve into the vast realms of history. A story that informs the reader that malaria is in fact, so old that its earliest known records are from the time of Attila the Hun.
A great story with a photo reel also does wonders.

Poor Poor People

Published: February 21, 2010
The social safety net was built for short-term gaps between jobs, but work may be scarce for years, even as the American economy shows signs of a rebound.
Another story about the recession. The lead leaves a lot to be desired.
What does it mean when the writer says, "Even as the American economy shows tentative signs of a rebound, the human toll of the recession continues to mount". Isn't the economy and the "human toll" all encompassed in one large package? We all effect each other.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Hey, it works.

The fashion world has always been some sort of underground party that looks glamorous in photographs but makes me wonder if it is all that spectacular. Celebrities (whom most likely barely know each other) grasp at each others waists and buckle down in laughter, clutching their skinny glasses of champagne.

I bet most of them sit their awkwardly, just like a lot of us do at an event where we don't know anyone. The people that do know people cling to each other in desperation.

'Don't leave me with these people,' they would sometimes whisper, tilting their sunglasses that they refuse to take off indoors, pulling at their waist high skirts and ruffled tops.

I don't think Lady Gaga has fashion sense. I don't think she is bold or daring. I think she gets paid a lot of money to wear those outfits, designed by the kookiest designers all in an attempt to gain a little fame. It works though.

Published: February 12, 2010
At fashion shows, V.I.P. status is defined downward, and fashion is not amused.

I Can't Even Remember

I understand that people are concerned about what children today learn in school, but we have to face the facts, children are being bombarded with too much information. I can barely remember anything I learned in elementary and middle school.

Columbus sailed the ocean blue? Sometime in 1642? Harriet Tubman helped slaves onto a railroad built underground so that they could escape the mean white people? There was a Holocaust in Germany and many Jewish people died? Hitler was a vegetarian? Something about Salinger and biology?

I'm being a little sarcastic. Seriously, I thought there was an actual railroad underground and my little 7-year-old self was so impressed with the advancements of technology back in the 1800's.

Published: February 14, 2010
Conservative activists on the Texas Board of Education say that the authors of the Constitution intended the United States to be a Christian nation. And they want America’s history textbooks to say so.
This article doesn't even get to the point made in the title after several paragraphs. I understand it is from a magazine, but aren't magazines still required to keep their readers' attention?

It Is What They Love

If writing had the potential to kill me, I still would do it. I'd still sit at this laptop, my fingers typing away. I might get carpel tunnel in the future. That won't kill me. Maybe I will type in the rain, that would kill me, if the laptop was hooked up to an electrical outlet. I don't want to die, but I want to do what I love.

If ski cross or snowboarding cross will kill these lovers of snow and sport, they are still going to do it. Why die when doing something you don't love? If you have the opportunity to die doing something you love, something that gives you drive and motivation, something that completes it.

Published: February 14, 2010
Snowboard cross and ski cross, the only new medal sport added for these Olympics, are likely the most dangerous.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

I Can't Believe This Is A Job

Thinking of two things that otherwise might not go together and calling up famous chefs, asking them to create a masterpiece and explain how they did it to the NY Times, forever cementing them in the Dining & Wine archives.

It's amazing.

If you are in the NY Times for one day, whether it be a Tuesday or a Sunday, you are famous. And it is some lucky person's job to eat caramel made of molasses and vanilla and write about it. That's what I want to do!

Anyways, here's the article.

Published: February 14, 2010
A 19th-century recipe for simple chocolate caramels made with molasses and vanilla becomes an inspiration for an entirely new dish.

Sunday, February 7, 2010


No, no, no, no, NO!

Click here and you'll see what all the fuss is about.

Have any of these people not read IRobot? Or Ender's Game?

Why not find other solutions to war. Let's spend our money on peace conferences, white flags, and chessboards where leaders can hash it out there.

The 'No emotions' paragraph at the end, really sums up the article.

Death At Any Moment

Ever since the day I tenderly opened my brand new copy of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, my perspective on death has changed dramatically. I don't think of it as something that will "hurt" me anymore.

When the moment of death comes, you are dead, and that is that. People call it "dying" when you have a disease, or when you are in the ICU, struggling for those few last breaths.

I don't consider that dying. The book explained it as the "final stage, enlightenment", and I like the sound of that more.

Sometimes I have morbid thoughts of what people are thinking when those breaths become harder and harder to form.

I watched my friend Andrew's stepfather's chest rise like a swelling wave and deflate like an old balloon when he was hooked up on drugs and IV's in Tallahassee Memorial. I wondered to myself, "Are you scared, Richard?", and decided that I would not be scared when it was my body's time.

We sang Beatles songs, and I watched Andrew with quiet eyes, my mouth shut, my hands finding places to perch in the dark hospital room. There was a window that overlooked a gray parking lot. I was grateful that Richard had a window, that natural light of the rainy day could reach him.

Care packages lined the cold tile shelves, filled with trail mix and DIY paper airplanes that we built and flew around the room. I thought back to when the "tribe" would gather at Andrew's house, smoke pot, and laugh ourselves silly, while Carol and Richard watched movies in their bedroom.

I thought back to when Richard gave me a stack of papers on environmental law and said, "I want that back, now", and then he died. It had been carefully placed on the seat of my car for six months, and I had glanced over it once, always forgetting to give it back to him. And now I can't.

I was never sad for Richard. I was sad for Andrew and Carol, and their grief.

In my view, death does not have emotions. It IS the final stage of our lives, our own enlightenment.

I started thinking about this because of an article I read... And now I don't even want to post the article anymore.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

The New York Times

I wish the NY Times would shut down their site to non-paying people already. I bought a subscription at the beginning of the semester and never, NEVER have time to read the actual newspaper. I'm always on my computer, studying at my desk, moving quickly from class to class, or lying motionless in my bed, spread out like a starfish, my mind blank. It's almost like meditation.

I'm too tired to pick up the paper and ruffle through the large pages, all the while trying to handle a bagel, a cup of coffee, and less than twenty minutes to bike to class.

I recently read that the NY Times was going to only allow paying customers to access their Web site. If they did that, I wouldn't feel so bad about blowing $36 on something I don't even read. I had goals, I thought I was going to, but let's face it: journalism is shifting more and more toward the online department.

And if I may boldly speak my mind: good riddance. Everyone is already polluting the Earth by buying computers, let's not cause destruction anymore by using paper rolls. Let's embrace globalization and move on with it.

Maybe that's too harsh? Maybe someone will agree. All I know is that I need more coffee and have got to stop writing this and start studying German.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Why is it that I find local news so freaking boring? The Gainesville Sun's own business editor wrote a story on a local independent bookstore, and I found myself yawning into my arm. The quotes were basically the same, "We're sad to see the bookstore go" or "Why can't Gainesville support a place like this". Yawn, yawn, yawn!

Why not, "I remember the first book I ever bought here, Howl. It changed my life! I will forever be indebted to the bookstore!". Wow, that would be a great quote.

Those are the questions I always want to ask. Those are the questions that people want to hear. Everyone gets mopey when a local business closes, why would we want to read what we already know?

The Story

Oh, and what's with that black dot at the bottom-left of the picture. I think the photo editor was scared to crop out the purse a little bit, but I think the picture would have still looked fine. The focus is the empty bookshelf, not the student.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Photo Says It All

The Diarist of a Scene That Never Gets Old
Published: January 29, 2010
Michael Musto — who has chronicled the lives of drag queens, club kids, and an array of freaks and celebrities for The Village Voice for 25 years — still turns heads.

My view:

I never ever want to be a gossip columnist, but I would love to be a feature writer. The kind of writer that details the daily life of a person or a place so vividly, that you can't help but think, "I know this person", or "I've been there".

I love the description of the clothes, the band around the pant leg so it won't get caught in the bicycle spokes. I love it all.

The photo says everything, though.

Let's Grow Tomato's on the Side of a Building!

In Portland, Going Green and Growing Vertical in a Bid for Energy Savings
Published: January 31, 2010
The federal government plans to plant a bold vertical garden with “vegetative fins” that will grow more than 200 feet high on the western fa├žade of the main federal building.

My view:

I love the way the writer started out the article. He got you thinking about urban gardening, and then BAM, hits you with an amazing project that some people are having a hard time imagining. How will it get watered? Who knows!

It is an amazing thing though, that federal government's are thinking about these kind of things. Even if they are just thinking about saving money, and not so much about the environment, that's okay. They are hitting two birds with one stone (what a horrible analogy), and that's what matters.

I wouldn't even consider this an inverted pyramid story. Although, I wish the lead and last paragraph were tied together a little more. The story holds your interest till the end. I love the NY Times.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Yay for Art Food

After the Putti, the Baby Calamari
Published: January 29, 2010
Museums are moving away from the basement cafeteria approach in favor of stylish restaurants that offer fine dining to go with the fine art.

My view:

I just want to say that it is extremely refreshing to see museums still surviving in these unfortunate economic times. Most of them are free, yes, but donors are having to protect their pockets a little more.

I have visited the Smithsonian museums 3 or 4 times and I remember the food being both expensive, and kind of disgusting. There weren't many options, and it was hassle to exit the museum, and then have to wait in line to get back in. I'm glad that museums are seeing these restaurants as a way to survive, and also to keep their patrons happy.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

I Feel Violated

Journalism forum focuses on emerging media
by Melissa Angel
January 27, 2010

My view (of my own article):

So maybe my ORIGINAL title was a little cheesy: "Journalism School, Meet Town Hall!", but at least it's creative. It grabs people's attention, which is (uhhh...hello?) the point! Journalist's WANT people to read their articles. They need the readership, so that they don't get fired from their job.

You could say I was a little bitter. I feel violated when a stranger starts adding in paragraphs, or taking away the one's I tried so hard to write. I wanted to be creative, and what The Alligator is telling me is: don't. Just don't. Students, however, need literary journalism in their lives. The struggling 50,000 adults here at UF are studying through the night, stressing through the day, so why not let a newspaper be their outlet?

I'm disappointed with the article, and it definitely is getting me down. I wanted the journalism forum to seem like a fun event (because it was!), yet it was turned into a dry, factual, blah...

Monday, January 25, 2010

This Is Why I Don't Read the Tallahassee Democrat

The Reason


The title = Cheesy (or should I say glazey?)
The lead = Boring
The nutgraph = What?
The last paragraph = What?
No, all the paragraphs = What?

The Tallahassee Democrat is why I read the NY Times.

Harsh, but true.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

A Name is an Identity

For Transgender People, Name Is a Message
Published: January 25, 2010
Manhattan Civil Court has become a capital of name changing for transgender people as some of the stigma has eased.

My view:

I know I have been pulling all of my articles from the New York Times, but what can I say? I love the NY Times. Why do I love the NY Times? It's because they care about reality. This story could have easily been overlooked by a red-eyed coffee-drinking editor. Instead it was given priority on the first page of the NY Times Web site.

This is the kind of reality we don't get to experience everyday. Imagine possessing a name that feels wrong to you, and the only way for you to feel right is to go to court and change it. Imagine if that was a difficult process. Luckily, it is just the opposite.

I love the photographs in this article. I am always drawn to the photographs. It was extremely well-written, and the quotes are great.

I'm running on little sleep at the moment, so this is all I'm going to say.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Oh! Bosnia

Art Crops Up in Sarajevo’s Shuttered Shops
Published: January 17, 2010
The New York Times

In the Bosnian capital, the contemporary art scene is in perpetual collision with everyday life. Yet somehow, out of the chaos of the city, the art survives.

My view:

It's the day before my first test in Intensive German I and instead of hitting the books, throwing on my sweats, and guzzling the coffee, I'm reading about the Bosnian art scene.

Sadly, it's almost non-existent. Artists are scrambling from abandoned room to abandoned room, getting no recognition from the Bosnian people, and absolutely no support from the government, yet they continue on. Because they see that the old world as Bosnia knows it is crumbling beneath their feet, and will soon become a modern art mecca.

The article was an inverted pyramid article if I've ever seen one. It grabs your attention at the top and just draaaags on toward the end. I realize that the article was more about places for artists to show their work, but it would have been nice for the photojournalist to snap some pictures of more art. You know, give us a feel for what's hip in Bosnia (even if some of the artists are coming from Italy and New Zealand). All the writer really gave us was a link to the upcoming art gallery, Duplex, and some more links that I really didn't both to click on.

This is the type of journalism I want to do. More art/ music focused.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I Hate It When They Make Me Think!

Children Speak for Same-Sex Marriage
by Sarah Wildman
January 20, 2010
The New York Times

My view:

Why this article is in the Fashion/Style section, I do not know. Since when was same-sex marriage a fashion statement or a trend? Did the New York Times run out of space in the US section? Because that is really what this article is about; US happenings and how they effect us.

An unbiased article is a good article. Both views are represented. Another quote by Pugno would have been a treat though. I am just so tickled that he claims the children were put into those situations purposefully. When a child is 10 or 11, they pretty much have a handle on what decisions they make. Most kids WANT to voice their opinions at this age (unless their parents oppress them), and WANT to be the center of attention. It would upset me too if my parents wanted to get married and they were not able to, regardless if they were both female or both male. I don't think children who grow up with same-sex parents really think about the fact that their mommies or their daddies have the same you-know... Our parents are our parents, and we all want to seem them happy...unless they're horrible.

I was shocked to read that a lot of older children (some of them gay) with same-sex parents don't think that equal marriage rights are necessary. Katie Miles deemed marriage a barrier that blocks basic needs like healthcare. Okay, I can agree with that. Danielle Silber believes marriage is a quick fix for "social validation", yikes, she may be right. And then freakin' Abigail Garner makes that mind-blowing statement at the end that had me regrouping my thoughts about marriage.

Marriage has never been a big thing for me. I never thought about it when I was a little girl. My Barbie's were never married, they just kind of got together and hooked up, maybe went out to dinner? What's hilarious is I never owned a Ken doll so I just cut one of my Barbie's hair short. The one thing my Barbie's did do was pro-create. I've always wanted a child. Always. Not now! When I'm ready.

I do know that the big issue here is: everyone wants the same rights. No, everyone NEEDS the same rights. It's not fair to give a group of people some rights, and then say "oh no, you can't have these because you're gay, or old, or a woman, or under the age of 12". I'm an advocate for acquiring the senior citizen discount on Tuesday's. Just because you're old doesn't mean you're poor! I digress.

It all comes down to one reality; the article made me think (which sometimes I hate). Hopefully it makes America think. Because if there is one thing American's need to do a little bit more of, it is to think.