Blog Posts via Medium.com

Occasionally I like to share my musings via my blog on medium.com. Here's an archive of past posts for your enjoyment!


Beware slippery slopes and slippery analogies - Diane Vanaskie Mulligan - Medium

This post is the second a series of blog posts analyzing the logic and rhetoric of things I see circulating on Facebook. If you see something you'd like to analyze and discuss, send me a message! For my previous post, click here .

Straw Man or Patriot? The logic of a meme. - Diane Vanaskie Mulligan - Medium

This post is the first in a series of blog posts analyzing the logic and rhetoric of things I see circulating on Facebook. If you see something you'd like to analyze and discuss, send me a message!

Being the Change on Social Media - Diane Vanaskie Mulligan - Medium

A few weeks ago, after POTUS's tweets announcing that US Military will no longer allow trans people to serve, I watched my Facebook feed erupt with angry, sad, and fearful posts. I wanted to jump in and be part of the verbal pitchfork-and-ax brigade, taking social media by force to say, "This is NOT how we do things in my America."

"Jane the Virgin," Your Next Netflix Binge - Diane Vanaskie Mulligan - Medium

In this post, I gush about my new favorite show "Jane the Virgin" and try not to get all political about it. I really wanted to write something about the Fourth of July yesterday. I wanted to write about how sad and angry I am at the state of our nation right now, blah, blah, blah.

Catch Fire (musings on writing, life, and college applications)

In this post, how a poem became my mantra and the lesson that poem can offer high school students as they look toward the college application process. A couple of weeks ago at a writing conference, I saw a wonderful and weird performance called "Poetry off the Page," in which two poets -  Martin Steingesser and his partner  - recited original works and works by other poets while a musician accompanied them.

What Xzayvior Taught Me - Diane Vanaskie Mulligan - Medium

In this post, an East Coast liberal struggles with her inner bitchy flibbertigibbet to overcome her irrational dislike of unconventional names. The other day read an article in the New York Times that mentioned a young boy named "Xzayvior." I found this name mind-boggling.

Stop Trying to be a Writer - Diane Vanaskie Mulligan - Medium

For many years, I wanted to be a writer. For many years, I tried to be a writer. For many years, I waited for someone else to confirm for me that I was in fact a writer because I did not feel like a writer.