A Guide to Facebooking Politics during Silly Season

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I’m sure I’m not the only one that finds herself in veiled and occasionally open battle with family and friends on Facebook and other online venues as the political season heats up. Some of us, to be honest, fully live by the feminist adage that the personal is political and vice versa, and therefore silly season is just a short period of time when other people are aware of issues you are constantly thinking about, and sometimes sharing information about or adding to the conversation about. For everyone else, this is a brief distraction from recipes, good wishes, and funny…

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Fox News: The Hardest Part of Working Out

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Matt Damon (Image via RottenTomatoes.com) In the last two months I have suddenly morphed into ‘a woman who works out’. Overall, I love it.  I feel better, my body looks better, and I crank out some tunes I truly love for an hour every morning and enjoy them. However. For some reason that remains mystifying to me, among the nine television screens arrayed in front of the elliptical machines and treadmills and recumbent bikes and stair steppers, there are always at least two iterations of Fox playing. Like I said, I keep my tunes going while I’m working out, so…

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Guest Post: A Woman of Magic- The Personal Politics of JK Rowling

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Cait McKnelly and I have known each other for years thanks to this wonderful tool we call the internet, so when she sent me the following article about JK Rowling and asked for feedback, my feedback was ‘it’s great– can I use it as a guest post?’ She said yes, and the rest, as they say, is history. One of the tenets of both feminism and liberalism is that the personal is political. I especially like has drawn a clear line here between Rowling’s personal history and her politics, and also between her politics and the charities she contributes to.…

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Personal Thoughts on Ayn Rand

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[amazon_link id=”019983248X” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ][/amazon_link]I spent the evening last night and part of this morning with Ayn Rand, in the form of Jennifer Burn’s well written, compelling, and largely sympathetic biography of her, Goddess of the Market. I am nowhere near ready for a formal review of the book, but I was struck by my reactions as elements of her life have come into focus for me, and decided to share them here. As I am writing this, I have gotten to the point in the narrative where she and Rose Wilder Lane have developed a friendship largely based…

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