Author Archives: mamamara

About mamamara

I'm a 40-something, work-at-home mother of two. I'm pro-vaccine, pro-medicine, pro-science, and an avid reader of information about all of the above, and I want to combine my love for my children with my love for science. So here we are!

Choices and morals and feminism

There’s a through line I encounter in discussions about choices that women make: The framing of every decision we make as being some big moral and ethical stand that we want to push on other women. Advertisements

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Thoughts about the butchering art

I’ve been reading two excellent medical history volumes lately. The one I’m mostly not here to talk about was the unexpectedly charming Catching Breath: The Making and Unmaking of Tuberculosis by Kathryn Lougheed. I highly recommend this book, the first … Continue reading

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The Maryland health exchange is a nearly broken process

11/3/2017 The Hon. Al Carr                                  The Hon. Jeff Waldstreicher The Hon. Ana Sol Gutierrez              The Hon. Richard Madaleno Dear Mr. Carr, Mr. Waldstreicher, Ms. Gutierrez, and Mr. Madaleno: As your constituent, I must bring to your attention the broken process … Continue reading

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Not an education gap, but an empathy gap

I don’t think anyone will be surprised to hear that I’m a liberal commie pinko and so are a good number of my friends. (Heck, some of you are to the left of me!) So I hear a lot of … Continue reading

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Your fave is problematic

(CW: Some vague mentions of bad things happening to kids and homophobia) I don’t know how common the title of this post is outside of fandom, but I think it should be fairly clear to the average reader: Your favorite … Continue reading

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The problem with gods

If you know me, you probably figure that title means I’m about to rant about being an atheist again and, well, that would be a good guess. But this time I’m thinking about gods in fiction and why I think … Continue reading

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Pain and the lack of treatment thereof

I’ve had an epic rant on this topic brewing for years, but the CDC’s latest recommendations on the prescribing of opioid painkillers has finally given me the reason I needed to write the darn thing down. See, here’s the thing: … Continue reading

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