Feminism, Haikus & Other Poetry, My Random Thoughts and Misc Ramblings, Social Justice, Politics, and Culture

They Say

cover up they say the boys are fragile they say your steam tempts they say   Writing Prompt (Steam / Cover) Thanks to RonovanWrites Cover Photo depicts relief on west side of Orvieto Cathedral      

Feminism, My Random Thoughts and Misc Ramblings, People of St Pete

People of St Pete: Deneen Wyman

In a stroke of random good luck, Deneen Wyman's name was passed onto me by a reader. They thought that Deneen was an interesting woman doing some fantastic things to help empower young girls and maybe the Green Bench Monthly would like to talk with her.  And boy oh boy they were right! She was… Continue reading People of St Pete: Deneen Wyman

Feminism, Haikus & Other Poetry, My Random Thoughts and Misc Ramblings, Social Justice, Politics, and Culture

a new day

a new day begins ~ unfurling a path to choose ~ hero or coward ~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Every day we make a million little choices that define who we are. Those choices built on each other and create a picture of "self." It's tempting to assume at some point that our picture is done. We confidently… Continue reading a new day

Feminism, History, On Writing, Social Justice, Politics, and Culture

Inky Adventures & Scribbling Women

The phrase “Inky Adventures” reminds me of Nathanial Hawthorne’s famous 1855 diatribe on female writers: “America is now wholly given over to a damned mob of scribbling women, and I should have no chance of success while the public taste is occupied with their trash-and should be ashamed of myself if I did succeed.” Admittedly… Continue reading Inky Adventures & Scribbling Women

Feminism, Haikus & Other Poetry, History, My Random Thoughts and Misc Ramblings, Social Justice, Politics, and Culture

Musings on Mangy Mutts & Milkmen

i wax poetic ~ on mangy mutts and milkmen ~ musing on times past ~   When I was a kid, dogs freely roamed the neighborhood. No leashes or fences to keep them tethered. The whole world was their dog park! That sounds wonderful in a naïve nostalgic way. But, in reality, it meant they were… Continue reading Musings on Mangy Mutts & Milkmen

Feminism, Haikus & Other Poetry, History, My Random Thoughts and Misc Ramblings, On Writing, Social Justice, Politics, and Culture

This is Not a Haiku

Haikus Calm my Mind Structure and Form Soothe My Soul With the World Gone Mad   OK. I lied. That IS a haiku. But this post is not just a haiku. It’s about writing. Specifically it’s about how creating haikus is helping me practice self-care in a chaotic world. As a control-freak, I thrive on… Continue reading This is Not a Haiku

Feminism, My Random Thoughts and Misc Ramblings, Social Justice, Politics, and Culture

Race in America: Am I Still a Teacher? Or Should I Just Shut-Up?

Last night I watched Hari Kondabolu's Netflix special. His comedy is both smart and very funny. His parents emigrated from India before he was born and a lot of his comedy addresses ideas about race and culture. One of the things he talks about on stage is how some “white people” don’t like to be labeled… Continue reading Race in America: Am I Still a Teacher? Or Should I Just Shut-Up?