Author Archives: Valerie Tarico

About Valerie Tarico

Seattle psychologist and writer. Author - Trusting Doubt; Deas and Other Imaginings.

On Violence

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Here is why, amidst the anguish of watching yet another black man senselessly murdered by someone who should have been protecting him, I am distressed by hearing people on the left–meaning my people–rationalize violence. I’ve walked a German concentration camp … Continue reading

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On Mother’s Day I’m Grateful for One Special Abortion Provider and a Whole Line of Healthcare Professionals Who Came Before Her

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Raising two kind, curious daughters with my husband, Brian, has been the most meaningful, wonder-filled adventure of my life. That is why, on Mother’s Day, I find myself feeling profoundly grateful to the healthcare providers who made possible these twenty-five … Continue reading

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Believe Women is the Beginning of a Process, not the End

Followed blindly, ‘believe women’ diminishes both women and men—and our quest for justice. Many women who have been part of the #MeToo movement, including public leaders, continue to support Joe Biden despite Tara Reade’s accusations. Trump believers and some diehard … Continue reading

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Religious Claims Should be Held to the Same Standard as Other Advertising

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A Seattle scientist and entrepreneur named Johnny Stine proclaimed on Facebook that he had developed a vaccine that made him immune to COVID-19. He offered to sell doses to 100 other people for $400 a pop. The State Attorney General … Continue reading

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Pandemic Calls Progressives Back to Solidarity, Roots in Physical World

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Disinterest in problems/solutions/aspirations that don’t have sharp tribal boundaries around them, is a barrier to us seizing the present moment. Through much of American history, progressives have fought for tangible, physical wellbeing. We have fought for food safety, work safety, … Continue reading

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