Like a Girl

Wisdom from our friend at Wine and Cheese Doodles! She rocks it like a girl!

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female athletesWomen seem to be at orange level alert for sexism this year. Trailing behind most of the world, we Americans are poised on the brink of electing our first female leader, and if nothing else, the ascendency of Hilary Clinton has caused an uptick of articles examining not only the way we view girls and women, but the language we use to describe them.

For this old feminist, it’s a long overdue and entirely welcome sight.

Take, for instance, the coverage being given to the way women are being reported about at the Olympics.

Corey Cogdell-Unrein, a three-time Olympic medalist was identified in The Chicago Tribune not by her name, but as  ‘the wife of…’

Right after Katinka Hosszu broke a world record and won gold, a commentator suggested her husband and coach was the one responsible for her win.

Katie Ledecky, a record-breaking swimmer is referred to as a “female Michael…

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Camp NaNoWriMo: July 2016

I didn’t realize that the novel I have been working on is actually fitting in to one of the four annual National Novel Writing Months (NaNoWriMo) per year (in the old days (2008?) it was only November). Our friend Gabrielle Massman explains how you can use July’s Camp NaNoWriMo to use your summer time to achieve some writing goals.

Write for the King

I have talk frequently about NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, on this blog, and I have even posted about it in the past. Well, it is time for Camp NaNoWriMo again, and here is my annual (or perhaps bi-annual) post telling you about my novel, plan, and goals and inviting you to join me!

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is an online community that attempts to write a novel in a single month—or at least, write a significant part of a novel in a month. I am of the group that has never been able to write a whole novel in a month. The typical goal is to write 50,000 words in a month, but participants can have goals ranging from 10,000 to 200,000 words. To write 50,000 words in a month, participants try to write 1,667 words a day. National Novel Writing Month started with just the month of…

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And again, Robert comes through…

In Response to Nadia’s Misdirected Email, I State Exactly What I Am Looking For Balance. The ability to stand on one foot, on a tightrope, and juggle AR-15s, ethics and dollar bills, while chanting the U.S. Constitution, in tongues. Or good health. Unweighted dreams. A mechanism for disagreeing without needing to annihilate the opposition. […]

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Sh*t, Robert, You’ve Done it Again

Human Distance 1 Apart from edges, and into deeper darkness, our scars crawl, remaining aloof. 2 Open windows frame the ache in motion, the displaced notes between two wavering spaces. 3 Absent light, absent voice. What is the longitude of grace? Consider errors and their remnants. 4 Navigators measured lunar distance and the height of […]

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Zoom Lens

Watching from the shadows, the heart wears dark

Glasses, a trenchcoat, carries a camera optimized

For distance and details. Curiosity kills cats

Regularly, it seems, but hearts don’t learn. They long

To know, to be prepared, to study the pictures–

Foreground, background, shadow on top of shadow.


Photo+graphein: Greek, to draw with light. We think

That light reveals, unveils, shows us an image

We can recognized. We know that the eyes

Rely on light to differentiate what (and who)

We should walk toward or away from. The heart

More private than the eye, remains in shadows.