Author Archives: Jamil Ragland

The Solution to Democrats? More Democrats, Apparently

Another election day is in the books. As results for state and local elections roll in, conversations are already turning towards the 2022 national elections, where control of the U.S. Congress will be decided. Democrats are playing defense, hoping to maintain their slim advantage in the House and the tie (plus tie-breaking vote from Vice […]

Does Grammar Matter?

I saw this question as a random Twitter poll a few days ago. The answer is obvious, but it did take me back to a time that I was working as a third grade teacher. A student had completed a writing assignment, and she wrote, “I like cats b/c they are cute.” I stopped for […]

Some Thoughts About Protesting

I recently started working for Planned Parenthood of Southern New England as a writer. Due to the pandemic and the nature of my work, I’ve been working from home for most of the last three weeks. I did go into the office once though, to get my laptop and meet with my new coworkers in […]

Damn, Things Cost More Money!

The first time I became aware of inflation was when the price of a Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pie jumped from 25 cents to fifty cents. I loved the pies when I was a kid, and I especially bought alot of them when I was visiting Georgia and lived right down the street from a […]

What Happens When There are No Consequences?

I was listening to a podcast yesterday which was discussing the current state of American politics and democracy (I think it’s worth listening to, and can be found here). Historian Heather Cox Richardson, among others, has compared our current state to the United States in the 1850’s, just before the Civil War. Ms. Richardson also […]

Are Critics and Audiences Watching Different Movies?

My friends and I were looking for a movie to watch last night, and we settled on a rewatch of last year’s Sonic the Hedgehog. I really enjoyed it the first time- so much so that I’d been looking for an excuse to watch it again. My attention did wander a little, and I found […]

Learning How to Drive

I’m going to take my first driving lesson with a friend today. I’ve made a lot of excuses about why I’m 35 years old and don’t have a driver’s license, but the truth is that I’m afraid of driving. I was in several car accidents when I was a kid, and my mother almost died […]

What Does an Anxiety Attack Feel Like?

My own mother didn’t recognize me. We had agreed to meet in front of the Burger King at the corner of Main and Asylum. I was sitting on a giant planter, my head tilted slightly down as I scrolled through social media. She looked at me, and kept walking. My phone rang a few moments […]

I Am a Boston Celtics Fan

It’s all UConn’s fault. I would pop in to watch a Celtics game now and then to see how my boy Kemba, the Greatest Hero of the Big East, was doing. But there were these other guys on the team. One of them looked a little like Kemba, but even as I watched Kemba, I […]

On Seafood and Existence

I used to say that I didn’t like seafood. Sure, I’d eat fish sticks and shrimp, but anything seafood related that I would eat had to be pulverized and breaded to the point where it was barely recognizable. A friend introduced me to the wonders of real seafood recently- crab legs dipped in butter sauce, […]