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?

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

Less Guns. Guns that Shoot Less.

Like a lot of people, I’ve been thinking a lot about guns lately. Thinking and feeling impotent. I want to believe we can do better. Find a path that leads to less. Less blood. Less death. Less heartache. Less shame. I’ve contacted my legislators. I’ve marched for Our Lives. Surely, I hope, that will make… Continue reading Less Guns. Guns that Shoot Less.

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

Spontaneous Combustion: Making Myself Visible    

I submitted an essay for publication today. Not a big deal, right? I’m a writer. I’ve written all kinds of stuff over the years and some people have read some of my stuff. But still … when I clicked that deceptively benign submit button, a hot flash consumed my whole body. Not literally, of course.… Continue reading Spontaneous Combustion: Making Myself Visible    

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

Poem in your Pocket

Today is National Poem in Your Pocket Day. I love the idea! I don’t write poetry (except for the occasional silly haiku) but I’m often inspired by other people’s work. So I'm sharing a poem by a poet I just discovered: Genevieve Taggard. Ms. Magazine did a piece on her last week. In it, Julie… Continue reading Poem in your Pocket

Feminism, Fiction, Haikus & Other Poetry, My Random Thoughts and Misc Ramblings

Haiku to Pork: The Pig Abides

Yesterday was National Haiku Day. I missed it. Missing it sucks because I love a good haiku. I'm not saying that I write good haikus, but I do like to write them. Because it's my blog, I get to do what I want so I'm giving myself a mulligan. I think that's a thing, a mulligan,… Continue reading Haiku to Pork: The Pig Abides