cause that’s how it feels sometimes. The Author to her Book Thou ill-form’d offspring of my feeble brain, Who after birth did’st by my side remain, Till snatcht from thence by friends, less wise than true, Who thee abroad expos’d to public view, Made thee in rags, halting to th’ press to trudge, Where errorsContinue reading “poetry friday a day early”
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call me "minor but influential?"
My journalistic ouevre is not as deep as most. But for ha-has, I did an ego search on Google Books, and found myself cited in more books than I expected (and quoted,too). I irrationally went, “Woot!” I’m also deeply curious what piece of mine falls under “restricted’ content. Now I have to go back toContinue reading “call me "minor but influential?"”
2008 was the REAL Year of the Woman
From my right-hand sis Elizabeth Willse, a New Year’s hail. Among the menopausal mamas she hailed were some I’ve not yet noted here: This week’s Newsweek Magazine notes that Oprah Winfrey’s influence on the 2008 presidential campaign is still being debated: “She’s denied that Obama is giving her a job, but we know she alreadyContinue reading “2008 was the REAL Year of the Woman”
If you're mad about Rick Warren, get out tomorrow and light up the night.
I was going to try to write about Rick Warren being asked to give the inaugural invocation, which yesterday pulled me from my bookwriting stupor back into that November 5, no we can’t! fury. And as you see above, I wasn’t alone: As Michelle Goldberg puts it so pleasantly in The Guardian: He is aContinue reading “If you're mad about Rick Warren, get out tomorrow and light up the night.”
the WAC of my dreams
It’s a voice I hardly remember not having heard: the writer in the edgy science-fiction anthologies, the voice cool as ice, the material borderline radical. How many times did I read “The Girl Who was Plugged In” (turned later into an episode of Paradox), whose plaintive cyborg “Delphi” predated Blade Runner by decades? Or theContinue reading “the WAC of my dreams”
Diversity begins at home.
You’d think that someone who started out her interest in military-GI issues advocating for women in the military, working hand in hand with the likes of Linda Grant de Pauw, Rep. Patricia Schroeder and Captain Barb, who therefore knew about women in every war fought by the U.S, would have women as characters easily lacedContinue reading “Diversity begins at home.”
Superman vs. the VFW?
In the department of stuff you come across while looking for something else, I found this radio show (the link brings on streaming audio). Click, and you can listen to a “thousands of GI’s” protesting “racial discrimination in state hiring,” and a kind of unusual ally has their backs: Superman, who flies in to stopContinue reading “Superman vs. the VFW?”
Dancing with chronic illness, or when a mouse is your role model
Another cross-post, but of work dear to me: a personal essay I first wrote a couple years back, when asked for something in the category “strange bedfellows.” You get to decide who the bedfellows are. (And if you click on the second page, you find out who the mouse is – with video!) A blastContinue reading “Dancing with chronic illness, or when a mouse is your role model”
The XX factor in Obama's transition
On my way to New York today, where I plan on seeing Jeffrey Renard Allen give a reading in my old ‘hood and cover tomorrow’s hearing for the Iraq vets that make up the Hempstead 15. But to wrap up the election thread for this week, here’s the news blog I wrote for WVFC, sinceContinue reading “The XX factor in Obama's transition”
A couple mornings after
Given what I’ve posted here, you were likely expecting me to be exultant tonight. And I remain heartened, thrilled cautiously hopeful, and glad for the national results. In case you were curious about my little corner of the swing state, Ward 58 went with the wave, 69 percent for Obama — though not precinct 26,Continue reading “A couple mornings after”