Women's History - Getting the Vote Was Violent Business

I wrote this post for The Shriver Report, where it originally appeared on March 21, 2014.  They have kindly given me permission to post it here in full.  Here is a link to its original appearance....more
BlogHerNews The take away from our advocacy workshop last night. If you're not educated. You're ...more


For some people, writing is just something to do – for others, it is a way of life. Today’s Woman to Watch hails from London, England. She is a creative writer and author who is passionate about generating healthy dialogue around the plight of the international black community.Please introduce yourself…...more


Sankofa, a word meaning “reach back and get it”, also translated as “return and fetch it” in Ghana’s Akan language, is a perfect word to summarize this woman’s professional life choices.  Using her God-given talent and understanding that music is her ministry, today’s Woman to Watch is defining history through the arts!...more


I’m sure you’ll agree, I look forward to the day when we can safely say that cancer doesn’t stand a chance. The day when we no longer have to worry about hearing that a loved one has received that dreadful diagnosis, or if they do, the day when we no longer have to fear that this diagnosis is the beginning of the end....more

Crosspost: Women's Receipt Books

In today's entry from The Great Plains Diaries of Harriet E. Whitcher, Hattie mentions working on her receipt-books:...more

Discovering Margery Milne

In yet another attempt to rid myself of magazines and items that sit on a shelf too long I happened upon a book entitled The Nature of Life. It has sat on my bookshelf for many years and has followed me everywhere but is yet to be read. I think it came from my parents book collection and I adopted it. The dust jacket was ripped and discarded some time back and there is little chew marks on the binding from when my dog decided to taste it. I can’t speak to its flavour but I can say it is a solid book with a lot of text and beautiful pictures within its pages....more

Women in History Who Got That Motherhood is Optional

Have you seen the collage of never-mom women from history (and some still alive) on pinterest? Olivia Reading has done a great job. It's Women's History Month, and I find it inspiring!...more

Hurricane Irene - and a few other powerful women…

After Irene passed through Connecticut earlier this week, many of us once again have power....more
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5, Mostly Random, Books off The Shelf

Today's Blogathon theme is:  My 5 Favorite Books on writing.Since I have technically only read two, I have grabbed 5 books from my book shelf. Some are favorites, some are must reads.In random order:#1: The Power of Now by Eckart Tolle c1999"To make the journey into The Power of Now we will need to leave your analytical mind and it's false created self, the ego, behind. From the beginning of the first chapter we move rapidly into a significantly higher altitude where one breathes a lighter air, the air of the spiritual. Although the journey is challenging. " - Inner Book Sleeve: The Power of Now Being a fairly eclectic woman, I have explored many ways of interacting with the world. I am cautious about self-help books and "new age" type gurus. However, Eckhart Tolle is fairly brilliant in my opinion.The Power of Now cuts through all the layers of bull... uhm crud we pick up throughout our lives and whittles it down to this just moment. If you have ever felt burdened by your past or spent way too much time hoping for a better future this is the book for you. Pondering life's past lessons and setting goals are very important. But, if we learn to live for the present moment, we get out of our own way and just live fully in the Now.Eckhart Tolle has some Free Content at his site, but charges to watch his online TV show. If you search on Youtube there are plenty of his talks to enjoy.#2: Shakspeare(sic): v. III  Much Ado. Twelfth Night. Love's LaboursHandy Volume Edition: Published by George Routledge and Sons, New York c1850s Ah, the illustrious Senior Shakespeare. How do I love thee. Well, I will share with you my love. When I was in college I took an honors colloquial on Mr. S. I had not yet read King Lear, although I has long since been a "fan" since my early teens. We read the entire work out loud in class, student by student, passage by passage, then watched  a filmed version of the play. One passage I got to read was so packed with wisdom that I expressed my belief that when look at as purely literary books of wisdom, this play is on par with the highest(non-dogmatic) lessons extolled in the Bible....more