Category Archives: Lifestyle

Autre Temps

The photo below is from the Spring, 1957 issue of Bride and Home. The three players are me (in the vermillion romper), my mother (in the jumpsuit, in the middle, and my brother Clem (in the white footie pajamas). I … Continue reading

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Time to Move

If you want to understand why – and how – to move your body, Katy Bowman’s book Movement Matters is a great place to start. I picked it up because I’m researching how our minds and bodies work together, but … Continue reading

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Sexism and Shopping

I found this display at Meijer:         The left is for girls, the right for boys.

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Of Hurricanes and Fires and Life

It seems the last couple of weeks have revolved around hurricanes and fires. Actually, most of my summer, if you begin with the house fire my parents had in June. Most of the west is on fire. Smoke hangs everywhere. … Continue reading

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All the sluts at once

I’ve really loved writing these books. They’re funny and feminist and fantastical and finally off my desk, featuring succubi, shoes, and shopping, massive quantities of food and controlled substances, boots-on-the-ground empowerment, all-girl hot tubbing, riot-grrl rage, rollicking, revenge, renewal, rejoicing, and six women who find out what they’re made of by making themselves into something totally other. Continue reading

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Reading Aloud

I don’t remember my parents reading aloud to me, though I’m sure they did. I do remember reading to my kids. In fact, I still do if I can talk them into it. Or hogtie them. I also used to … Continue reading

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Story, Character . . . and Gossip

  I came across some notes from a lecture on writing that I sat in on years ago, when I was a teacher attending an education conference. The writers in that audience were all mainstream, most writing for kids. The … Continue reading

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Summertime Blues

I’ve spent most of my life timing my life around school. First I went through my K-12 years, then my BA, my MA, and my PhD. Then I started teaching. Four years ago I left teaching, and but even so, … Continue reading

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State of the Farm: June, 2017

The drought last year and this wet spring have been significant enough I thought it worthwhile to revisit our little farm. As my two readers might recall, we had a multi-century drought last year. With the precipitation since last summer, … Continue reading

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Playing with gender roles in fiction

I think one of the appeals of traditional gender and social roles is that they give people a map with which to negotiate the chaos of human relations. We want to be secure (especially when we are less powerful than … Continue reading

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