Firewheel: A Mother-Daughter Story

Before the land was anyone’s but its own, a Mother and Daughter lived in these fields. The floor of their home was the prairie grass, the walls the wild rose bushes, and the ceilings the giant-leafed sycamore trees. ...more

Why Lady Gaga's Music Is Feminist - Part 1

Lady Gaga - The Fame (2008) on (Streamline/Konlive/Cherrytree/Interscope) Part 1: Oh snap. Yes, I just said it. Lady Gaga's music is feminist. Why do I say such things? Because I can back it up. And because I love her music, videos, and persona. She is the reason I have actually started to listen to pop music again. So, let me tell you about feminist music.... ...more

We invite you to consider that this New Feminism would be supported by some interesting new ...more

Videos Everyone Must See

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Where have all the letters gone?

2010 Ritual: Clean out the home office space.It gives me a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach to think about making a New Year's resolution because of the anticipation of when and why I will break it. There are so many worthy committments but this year promises to be a big year of change for me no matter what I think I can plan. My husband and I are selling the financial planning practice that we have been building for the last five years....more

Good luck--I miss letters and treasure the ones I have kept.


New Year's Day Poetry Friday: Lisa Russ Spaar

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Stories are Keys: An Interview with Tim Tingle

Stories are keys that unlock life’s mystery, beauty, and purpose. A bold statement, yes. And I believe it. Stories change our lives. They tell us about and shape our identity. Choctaw storyteller Tim Tingle says, “The stories of your family and friends are your key to who you are and how you came to be.” ...more

You Don't Have To Be A Perfect Singer!

Beth Lawrence Viva La Voice "Inspiring The Artist In Everyone!"I've been teaching voice for 20+ years, and one thing I'm adamant about with my students is letting them know that it's okay NOT to be perfect!  What is most important is the authentic emotion you are feeling when telling your 'story', not a technically perfect performance.  ...more

"It's Complicated" Is Simple, After All

by Patricia Yarberry Allen I have been waiting to see Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin, with all their middle age glory, in a state of postcoital bliss for months now.I was not disappointed to see the eternal adolescent, Jake – played by Alec Baldwin— seducing his former wife, Jane, played by Meryl Streep....more