Reproductive Rights: We must reframe the issue

Reproductive Rights: We must reframe the issue Abortion should not be the primary issue in a debate concerning th “The debate should not be about the ability to end a pregnancy. The debate should be razor focused on the right to privacy in making reproductive choices. Abortion is a small part of a much larger picture of personal autonomy and decisions based on medical need.” C.Dianne Phillips, 11/11/2011

OpEd: “Anti-Abortion Extremism: The Effects of the Radicalization of the Pro-Life Message”

For my friends who READ. The right of every citizen to privacy in making decisions about their own reproduction and their own bodies is paramount in a free society. The common good is an equally important goal for all faithful citizens.

I do not support abortion as birth control and no sane person would, but the term abortion is misused and is problematic when being used in the context of late-term terminations. They are in fact deliveries, not abortions.

To suggest that a person is pro infanticide because they support a woman’s right to privacy regarding her own body is ridiculous. All citizens should have access to a broad range of reproductive services as well as the freedom to make informed choices regarding their own reproduction, male and female.


OpEd: “Anti-Abortion Extremism:  The Effects of the Radicalization of the Pro-Life Message” C. Dianne Phillips, Sciencegranny, July 7th, 2015

I wrote a response to an Al Jazeera article published earlier this week, associating domestic terrorism and the pro-life movement in America.

The article Anti-Abortion Extremists Are DomesticTerrorists, discussed how the radicalized few, who have murdered and use aggressive intimidation tactics, are in fact the definition of domestic terrorism. From the article, and speaking specifically about the murder of abortion doctors….

“This conception of terrorism is consistent with many experts’ definitions of the term. For instance, Bruce Hoffman, director of the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University, defines terrorism as “the deliberate creation and exploitation of fear through violence or the threat of violence in the pursuit of political change.” The power of terrorism, according to Hoffman, is that it is “designed to have far-reaching psychological repercussions beyond…

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Sustainable Living – The Ancient Practice of Soup/Stew Making

This is an update on the earlier blog post. Enjoy!


2019 update…

This granny did not invent the soup or the stew, but I grew up in a home where the women all knew the benefits and utility of keeping a pot of stew or soup warming on the stove.


Learning from my own grandmother:
I remember when I was a little girl first learning how to cook, helping my grandmother each morning as she made biscuits and cornbread. …watching her hands as she skillfully added and quickly stirred each ingredient into the middle of the flour pan by hand. I was mesmerized by the tactile and sensuous nature of the creative process.

This was a daily routine for her. She was a pro at getting the temperature just right on her wood stove. She knew just how much wood to use, the best type of wood, and exactly how to make sure that nothing burned. On the top of…

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Response to “Can the Catholic Church ‘Evolve’ on L.G.B.T. Rights?”

Response to NY Times article. "Can the Catholic Church 'evolve' on L.G.B.T. Rights?" By John Gehring. Mr. Gehring is the author of “The Francis Effect: A Radical Pope’s Challenge to the American Catholic Church.” July 5, 2018 I do not see the teachings of Jesus or the Catholic church to be in opposition to respecting the life … Continue reading Response to “Can the Catholic Church ‘Evolve’ on L.G.B.T. Rights?”

Family Christmas Tree – “A symbol of hope and joy”

Updated for 2017 – The Little Tree of Hope


The Phillips Family Christmas Tree: “originally written as a facebook note”


Thirty-four years ago, I was living in Houston, TX with my husband Randy and our young son Jay. It was Christmas time and we could not go home because I was great with our soon to be born son, “James.”  We had lost our son, David, the January before and this pregnancy was especially delicate and of great importance to the entire family.

My husband did not want to spend money or time on a tree, so my son Jay and I made a Christmas tree out of the long cardboard tubes from wrapping paper. The makeshift tree was not an adequate structure for ornaments and fell over.  After many tears and guilt over no tree, my husband relented and decided to allow the purchase of a tree. It was Christmas Eve when the decision was made and by…

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9/11 A Reflection – C. Dianne Phillips

I share this ever 9/11. It is still a day that haunts me.


imageOn the morning of 9/11, I was preparing to teach a Physics Lab on Bernoulli’s principle. My students were experimenting with the design of aircraft wings as they investigated the physics of “lift.” This meant that they would have to propose various designs and develop a methodology for testing the efficacy of their designs.

The First Plane: As the students slowly streamed in, they were announcing that a plane had crashed into one of the twin towers in NY City. This caused great agitation in some of my students who had friends and family in NY. A few minutes passed and more students entered the room upset about the plane crash. It became clear to me that we would not be able to do this particular lab as it would involve the “crashing” of airplanes. I decided to consult the lab coordinator to see if we had the…

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