Monday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

I’ve been holed up in a house with family and friends up in the Sierra Foothill Mountain area in California. I am just catching up on news and e-mail and read about the tragic shootings in Tucson. My heart and prayers go out to the victims and their families. Like everyone else, I am standing by for more information.

The U.S. State Department has announced that it will change the U.S. passport application to say “Parent” and “Parent” rather than “Mother” and “Father,” according to the Mombian blog. In somewhat related news: sex advice columnist Dan Savage and our favorite coach from Glee, Jane Lynch, recently spoke to Newsweek about being gay in the United States.

The Coffee Party is hosting a summit in Washington D.C. in light of the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC case, which made corporations individuals who can donate unlimited sums of money to political campaigns. The summit is from January 20-22.

In other events: one of our favorite local digs, the Zeum Children’s Museum in San Francisco, will open a youth-driven multimedia exhibit on February 6.  

One of the Momocrats just created this brilliant education blog, K-12 Network News.

Who couldn’t use a little help for that “time of month”? Redbook just released helpful hints on how to curve a host of menstrual ailments like bloating, cramps, fatigue and insomnia.

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?