Nelson Mandela, July 4 1993. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I am deeply saddened that Nelson Mandela passed away this week. His beliefs are that his soul lives on, and I certainly hope, for all of our sakes, that his spirit lives on.
Nelson Mandela Worked to End Poverty:
“Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life. While poverty persists, there is no true freedom. Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.” From the 2005 G8 Summit
There is a lot of pandering to Mr. Mandela going on about the web right now. People who opposed the end of apartheid are launching tributes to him. Others are attempting to whitewash his image, or, as one writer stated, “make him into your minstrel”. Continue reading
Divine Feminine Power (Photo credit: Kathy Crabbe Art)
I am nearly half a century old (give or take three years), and only for the last fifteen years (generously) or decade (more realistically) have I truly been able to appreciate the experiences and words of women.
There is no pride in that. I know what I did. I reacted against my mother's very rigid gender expectations with a self-loathing form of proto-feminism that took a great deal of time to evolve into true feminism and love and respect for the acts, lives, and words of women.
I don't think I truly appreciated how thoroughly I was caught up in societal devaluation of my own gender's lives and words, even after decades of feminist activism, until I read an interview with Ursula LeGuin in which she stated that the best thing she ever did as a writer was learn 'I could write like a woman and feel liberated in doing so.' And guys, that was only a week or so ago. I mean, I had changed my views, but I hadn't released the extent of my former investment in patriarchy.
I did this thing where I embarrassed my husband semi-publicly. Because he's married to someone who writes (sorry, Darling). So because I love him like crazy and because I owe him a public apology (and because he really is pretty danged awesome) here are fifty reasons I keep him around. (This would be a great time for a meme “50 Things I Love About My Partner” or “50 Things I Love About Being Single” for those of you who aren't partnered.) Continue reading
I love to read, and to watch television and movies. Because I'm busy, and because I often don't see movies in the theater due to problems with loud noises and crowds, I am often “spoiled” – that is, someone tells me the ending of a book or movie, or a vital plot point, before I've read or watched it. And, of course, I add to that problem myself sometimes by researching a book or movie before I read or watch it. (Minor spoilers in body of post). Continue reading
A basket of yarn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It's gift knitting season again, especially for those of us who never start early enough (raise your hand if you have far more gifts in mind than you can possibly knit before the end of the year).
Big Bang Theory had a recent episode that centered around Leonard wearing a sweater his grandmother had knitted him that was so itchy that he was literally covered in red welts by the time he took it off. It was horrible, and too many of us have had that experience. Thank goodness it was fiction.
As a knitter, I know that episode only worked because the premise was that Leonard had found the sweater in a box and it was at least a couple of decades old. You see, superwash wool (wool that has been treated so that it doesn't shrink) has come a long way in the last twenty years. Continue reading