Some of the posts on this blog will be open to comments and others will be closed. Given the personal and political nature of the topics of our blog posts, each blogger will make a decision about whether or not to allow comments on each post. We invite respectful dialogue, however, and invite conversation via email for those posts that are closed for comment. The blogger may choose to create a new post to respond to your email, as a way of staying in respectful dialogue with readers. Thank you for understanding that some posts are closed to comments. We each have experiences of being ambushed with racist, sexist, homophobic, ableist and other violent comments online and wish to maintain the spirit of collaboration while avoiding stress for ourselves.