À DÉTESTER: The scammers of Paris (les arnaqueurs)

Nobody likes un arnaqueur — a cheater, a swindler, a con artist — except, of course, on film.  In "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" Paul Newman and Robert Redford made the notorious bank robbers charmants, and Jean-Paul Belmondo did the same for car thief Michel Poiccard in "Breathless" (À Bout de Souffle"), although lovely Jean Seberg does rat him out in the end....more

New Jersey's Topsy-Turvy Race for Governor

For a lot of national political operatives, the New Jersey governor's race, which wraps up next Tuesday, is a high-stakes game of poker, a test of Pres. Barack Obama's coattails, and a possible foreshadowing of the 2010 Congressional campaigns. For this New Jersey voter, and, I suspect, many others, it's a welcome end to a largely uninspiring partisan snipefest....more

Although I've heard a fair bit of analysis about this race, yours is the most thorough and in ...more

Personal Poverty Reduction: Breaking the Chains of Individual, Institutional, and Internalized Poverty

   I'm starting a not so private campaign. The many labors of the late welfare activist Johnnie Tillmon remind me that, more than thirty years later, I am not alone. I, too, am a woman of color; a povertized woman; a fat woman; a middle-aged woman; and I'm living on very low-income government subsidy.   ...more

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Its fairly obvious that there's a massive change brewing in the depths of the GOP. Although the Tea Partiers and the "grassroots" have made it clear that Obama is their primary enemy, there's another front that's come to light in this war; the mainstream conservatives are now taking on the tough job of purging their party of big-government bureaucrats from within. Nowhere is that more evident than the battle taking place in NY-23....more

Preventing Reproductive Health Services at All Costs

Every year, Planned Parenthood offers services to more than five million men, women, and adolescents. In that year, they offer nearly one million Pap tests and more than 850,000 breast exams, provide provides more than 3.3 million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, and estimate that their services prevent as many as 621,000 unintended pregnancies. Many locations offer prenatal and postpartum care. In addition, they offer safe, affordable abortions. ...more

I use to think P.P. helped out poor women and minorities and recently I began to look at ...more

Politics: Its All About The Boobs

A little over a week ago, Meghan McCain, columnist, blogger, quasi-conservative and daughter of former Republican Presidential candidate Sen. John McCain posted a photo of herself in a tank top on Twitter and set off a firestorm of anger that almost threatened to put breasts over health-care as the hot topic of debate. Well, almost. ...more

Have I told you I adore you this morning? No? Well, I adore you. This piece rocked my ...more

Maria Shriver Says It's a Woman's Nation. Do You?

California First Lady Maria Shriver says we're now living in a Woman's Nation -- women make up half the work force, the majority of mothers are the main breadwinners or co-breadwinners of their families and women are in charge of 80% of the high ticket item household spending. That, says Shriver, is some power we need to grab by the horns!...more

As much as I'd like to believe that the battle of the sexes is over, i think we're far from ...more

The Women's Fund of Central Ohio Announces Diane Keaton as the keynote speaker for Keyholder 10/Tributes this Spring!

Save the date for Keyholder 10! Beloved Oscar winning Actress Diane Keaton will deliver an insightful presentation on empowering women and girls. Mark your calendar for May 5th 2010!...more

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Contemplating The Radical: Could I Give Up (Nearly) Everything I Own?

As I prepare to move from my home but not having yet identified my new one, I am seriously contemplating what I will place into storage and what I will let go of rather than pay to house in anticipation of future use and enjoyment. A number of thoughts and factors are guiding my decision making and leading me to possibly a somewhat radical place. ...more

I love your blog, Karen and your stories of how you re-created your life and follow your passion ...more

Holding Up More Than Half the Sky

One of my favorite Chinese proverbs says, "Women hold up half the sky." Some days I feel like it's more than half, but the point of the proverb is that women are equal partners with men in navigating through life. At least, we ought to be. ...more

Yes, I knew that it came from Mao, at least that's what I've been ...more