Category Archives: Lifestyle

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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A Tricoastal Woman: Where Ideas Come From

The Death and Life of Great American Cities

We saw the documentary Citizen Jane: Battle for the City the other night. It’s about Jane Jacobs, author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities (among other books), and her legendary fight against Robert Moses, the man who … Continue reading

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The News From 2Dits Farm: When Good Washing Machines Go Bad

It’s a dangerous business, going through your cellar door. You never know what might need fixing. Case in point: last week, after a few days of beautiful weather which finally allowed me to get into the garden and start the … Continue reading

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Missing the Beauty

I subscribe to three different news feeds that specialize in media news so I can keep up with the latest media information for my media literacy class.  For weeks and weeks, a single story has dominated the headlines: the “gay … Continue reading

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All the Balls

These days, I’ve been feeling like I’m juggling lots of balls and I feel like I’m dropping just about everything. I’m not, but I am. I can look at the last two months (from the beginning of the year), and … Continue reading

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