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

the circle of change

belief sustains hope hope ignites radical change change nurtures belief I am trying to retain belief in our system. I hope that things aren't going to get much much worse before they get better. But I'm really really struggling with both. All hope seems lost. And I find myself believing that our system is too… Continue reading the circle of change

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

Fleeing the Vortex

falling water swirls her mind follows its heartbeat she flees the vortex I think of this haiku as a companion to the flash fiction piece I wrote for The Drabble. It's only 97 words so check it out here if you haven't read it. #foreveryes Neither of these pieces is meant to suggest or advocate suicide.… Continue reading Fleeing the Vortex

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, 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

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

Change Reality: Rebel

Change as Metaphor ~ Rebellion as Simile ~ Reality Bites ~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~   We share this planet with 7.5 BILLION people. As only one person among those 7.5 billion, I sometimes feel like nothing I do matters. I wake up nearly every morning dreading the news. What new kind of insanity is taking us one… Continue reading Change Reality: Rebel

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

My Random Thoughts and Misc Ramblings, People of St Pete, Social Justice, Politics, and Culture

People of St Pete: Bob Devin Jones

Oops! Time got away from me and I almost forgot to post this. My "day job" (which I love) once again gave me the opportunity to spend some time with an interesting, passionate, smart, and funny person. And I loved it. My People of St. Pete column for July focused on the absolutely fabulous Bob… Continue reading People of St Pete: Bob Devin Jones

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