Small Comfort for Mothers, Fetuses, and Jews

Part Four (closely related to Part Three) of I-Don't-Know-How-Many in a series of posts inspired by "Miss Representation."  If you haven't seen the trailer for this movie, and you have 8 minutes, please watch it here now.  A very good and sweet friend sent me a 33-minute video and asked my opinion.  A man named Ray Comfort - someone claiming to be Jewish - compares doctors who perform abortions to Hitler, and those who allow this to happen to the German standers-by.  It’s done more subtly and … [Read more...]

HR 358 – Protecting life? Letting Women Die? Neither?

Part Three of I-Don't-Know-How-Many in a series of posts inspired by "Miss Representation."  If you haven't seen the trailer for this movie, and you have 8 minutes, please watch it here now.  A great friend of mine is supremely frustrated that people in the middle are being drowned out by the shouts of extremists on both sides.  I agree completely, though it’s funny: when I’m in the presence of someone aggressively loud, the louder they shout, the less I hear.  The more energetic and boistero … [Read more...]

Women in da HOUSE! Not…

Part Two of I-Don't-Know-How-Many in a series of posts inspired by "Miss Representation."  If you haven't seen the trailer for this movie, and you have 8 minutes, please watch it here now.  From “Miss Representation” - Women are 51% of the U.S. population, and 17% of Congress.From my 15-year-old daughter and her 17-year-old friend - “That’s because they don’t WANT to be in Congress.”Is this okay?  Yes, and no.Yes, because we understand that it’s a reflection of the fact that women … [Read more...]

Beauty and the Beast

Part One of I-Don't-Know-How-Many in a series of posts inspired by "Miss Representation."  If you haven't seen the trailer for this movie, and you have 8 minutes, please watch it here now.  Once upon a time, women were valued for their intellectual and creative contributions to society.  They were sought after candidates for positions of power, and whether they were pretty or shapely had absolutely no bearing on their success, or the warmth and respect with which they were received by ot … [Read more...]

Multiple Choice

I am a fan of brevity, an economy of words, viewpoints concisely made.  In keeping with this philosophy, I may have to write a series of blog posts to give each facet of this complex issue its due.  But first - got 8 minutes?  Watch this.Whether you’re male or female, how are you feeling right now?  Circle all that apply.AngryDismissiveApologeticDefensiveHopefulEmpoweredAll of the aboveNone of the aboveMe, too.  More to follow.  Much more. … [Read more...]

Bully for You.

Certain names have been changed to protect - well, me, let's be honest - from lawsuits and beatdowns. We always walked home from school.  Always.  Rachel (my older sister by 2 years) and I walked home from our elementary school on East 17th Street in Brooklyn.  Unfortunately, we usually had company.For whatever reason, we were targets.  Maybe it was that we were brainy, teachers liked us, maybe we were socially awkward and weird, never caught the ball in dodgeball...whatever.  Always targ … [Read more...]

Second-graders and Truck Drivers

Clearly, I missed the memo.Apparently there is a special bond that formed over the summer.  It wasn't like this on the last field trip I chaperoned...towards the end of first grade for my youngest kiddo, I don't know, in May or so.  Surely if the signs were there last time, I would have seen them.Were there letters back and forth?  Is there something in the second-grade curriculum about this?  Why wasn't I informed?  Is there a secret informational conduit between second-graders and truc … [Read more...]

A Belated Jump onto the Blogging Bandwagon…

What do “Where the Wild Things Are,” stranger danger, and the death of Osama Bin Laden have in common?Come on - guess.  No…they have no relation to Kevin Bacon.  Try again.  No…they aren’t new Ben and Jerry’s ice cream flavors.  One more try?  No…James Franco is not involved in any kind of artistic project about any of them.  That I know of…yet.Okay, I’ll tell you.These are my writing roots.  These are subjects that spurred lengthy notes on Facebook that I published for only my FB f … [Read more...]


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