Author: ericadeefox

“American Girl” and what that actually means

Kirsten is a young girl with light skin and blonde hair wearing a thick black and white sweater looking out the window at the winter prairie.

One of the things I’m doing with my daughter Siren this year is using American Girl books and short documentaries to teach her about migration patterns into the US. This to make clear three things. One, the first Americans are indigenous Americans, the only Americans who are “from” America. Two, those we credit with “founding” […]

Travel vaccines are nothing new. Don’t be alarmed!

A stock photo of a small vaccine needle sucking up a dose from a vial.

It looks like some articles are floating around about potential future travel policies requiring travelers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Such policies are not new, only the disease these vaccines are designed to prevent is new. As a child I have fond memories of attending travel clinics before our summer trips to the Philippines, where […]

When COVID-19 kills someone society actually tries to save, simply change the cause of death

The Letlow family are a family of four: a mom, a dad, and two young children. Mom and dad both have brown hair and their children have blonde hair. They all have light skin and are standing in front of a covered bridge.

Unfortunately, a 41-year-old man, husband, and father, has passed away from complications of COVID-19. He was also a Republican recently elected to Congress, who spoke out against pandemic-responsive policies in Louisiana. It should go without saying that, regardless of their political persuasion or personal opinions about COVID-19, nobody deserves to die of this disease. Luke […]

The YMCA takeover of Tuhey Park: a quick primer and opinions

A birds-eye photograph of Tuhey Park in Muncie, Indiana, showing green space, pool, and shelter.

A common staple of life in Muncie, Indiana, is having to occasionally field cartoonishly bad ideas from elected officials and private interests, and prevent them from actually materializing. Last year, it was the agreement between the City and Zinc Nacional to subsidize a large zinc-recycling facility upwind of town, which would have created significant zinc […]

Hill: withholding knowledge is withholding lifesaving care.

The iconic "Frog Baby" statue at Ball State University wearing a Ball State-themed face mask.

Growing up, my father worked as an EMT and then later as an ER nurse. One of my most vivid memories from childhood was my father going to provide emergency care to a gunshot wound survivor at the Woodman’s grocery. We were just buying groceries, having a regular day, and this guy needed lifesaving care. […]

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