Flu Etiquette: How to Have the Flu Like a Lady

Flu season is here, and unfortunately, even ladies are not immune from the dreadful disease. Sometimes you become ill; there’s simply nothing that can be done about that. I’m sure the last thing you want to think about when your nose is running and your head feels like a bowling ball is flu etiquette, but it’s these times when etiquette is most important and has the greatest effect. It’s prime opportunity to prove yourself as a lady of class. If you can maintain your grace through a terrible cold or flu, then everything else should be a breeze. ...more

In Defense of the 'Unladylike' Christian Woman

A few months ago I wrote a couple of blogs about men, women, sex, marriage, masturbation, infidelity and Christianity. They were widely read, my blog stats were happy to report. I received some great feedback, too. And a half-joking guarantee I’d never be invited to speak in church in any of the southernmost states of the U.S.A. And that’s quite okay.And then, there was this - emailed directly to me, not left as a comment on the blog:Dear Jo,...more
You should have told him that his rudeness in inquiring into the way you were parented was ...more

The oppositional Q - or -only Allah is perfect

My very own "oppositional Q" in an embroidery sampler, made when I was 8 years old, in 1977 It was midnight, I couldn't sleep, and cleaning out my closet seemed like a very good idea for what to do with myself. At the back of the closet, I found a set of framed photos, silk-screened prints and paintings that had never made it onto the walls of our home - and I also found an alphabet-themed sewing sampler, completed by me at the age of eight....more