History, My Random Thoughts and Misc Ramblings

Now We Wait (One Year Later)

I wrote this short essay almost exactly one year ago today. I had only recently moved to Florida and hurricanes were a new thing to me. I put my thoughts to paper just as Irma was making landfall in south Florida putting us directly in the middle of the cone of uncertainty. I was (to… Continue reading Now We Wait (One Year Later)

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

#FreePress is NOT the Enemy

Just a reminder that Stalin (as well as some other really really horrible people) was fond of using the phrase vrog naroda or "enemy of the people/nation" to describe anyone who didn't agree with him. Those people often ended up dead or in labor/prison camps. Let' s hope we're on a better road than that.… Continue reading #FreePress is NOT the Enemy

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

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

The American Way

Is This the American Way? Enough is enough! But Freedom Ain’t Free They Scream Now Ready Aim Fire And Slaughter Just One More Child It’s the American Way  Yesterday, the March For Our Lives: Road to Change Rally  came to town. Students from local Pinellas County high schools joined with students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas to demand their… Continue reading The American Way

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

Haiku & History: In the Summer Following My Birth

The World Changed In The Summer Following My Birth Nothing Changed at All In the summer following my birth, the world changed.   Marilyn Monroe sang “Happy Birthday Mr. President.” Marilyn Monroe died. Adolph Eichmann was hung. Spider Man was born. Sam Walton opened the first Wal-Mart in Arkansas. Doctors inserted the first silicone breast implants.… Continue reading Haiku & History: In the Summer Following My Birth

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

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

A Haiku of Hope

Like so many of you, I am reeling. Dread keeps washing over me wave after wave after wave. Dan Rather encourages me to stay #steady and keep up my #courage. John Lewis reminds me of the importance of #goodtrouble. And Rebecca Solnit demands that we not fall into despair. Instead we must ACT and create… Continue reading A Haiku of Hope

Fiction, History, My Random Thoughts and Misc Ramblings, On Writing

Seeing Like a Writer: How Do I Separate Facts for Fiction?

Living in a city provides a constant stream of interesting sights. A thirty-something white woman walks down the street wearing only an oversized t-shirt and a pair of Converse high tops. A possibly biracial teenager on a skateboard rolls past me and I hear him say (in a rather joyous tone) “fuck you” to whomever… Continue reading Seeing Like a Writer: How Do I Separate Facts for Fiction?