During these unsettled days of the #MeToo saga that continues the ominous roll call of men found to be just as bad as we suspected, it's a huge relief to chance upon stories that show that there are other men out there. Sweet, funny guys like Tim, a twenty-something Brit, who ventured into the alien … Continue reading Leggings, my fair lady, & laughter
How wonderful it is, women owning their power, speaking up, with #MeToo, #Time'sUp and #Nobody'sDoll. This last one is a brave attempt to liberate women on the red carpet from the stiletto heels and plunging necklines that, according to Anna Brueggemann, the creator of #Nobody'sDoll, constitute a kind of straitjacket. She is making a good case … Continue reading Is the patriarchy ending?
There's going to be a grand military parade in front of the White House this year. The date hasn't been set but that doesn't matter; what matters is that the Orange Beast, aka Commander in Chief, has decreed it. Already, the reaction has set in, much of it comparing Trump to tiny Kim, who also … Continue reading Eternal conflict
I was going to write something uplifting; I really was. Something about how, with a little luck and a little hope, the human race will not only survive but thrive. But it turned into something quite different. At first, my native pessimism (I call it realism) kicked in with a vengeance, especially during the last week when the … Continue reading The darkest day of the year
It wasn't long ago that, in medieval Europe, fathers married off their hapless daughters to forge geopolitical alliances. Girls were pawns in the power games of their families. It mattered not that many of them were mere children. The boys didn't have a lot of influence about whom they married either, while women and girls … Continue reading Ignorance, sexual predation, and the Weinstein effect
I found a young sparrow on my balcony this morning, lying on its side, dead. It's a first; no dead birds have landed since I moved here more than three years ago. But before I noticed the bird, I was reading my usual morning diet of disaster stories from around the globe, and a couple … Continue reading Mourning a dead sparrow on my balcony
We were hoping, but we knew that things could go from bad--posturing by Puigmont; legalistic preaching by Madrid--to worse. And it has. Here is what Robin Alan wrote, minutes ago: The situation in Spain is even worse than I thought it would be... they just jailed eight members of Puigdemont´s government... political prisoners in 21st … Continue reading Anecdotage 10a: Catalonia and political freedom 101
The news from Spain is confusing and alarming to anyone who cares about this beautiful, vibrant place. It seems to be heading towards a violent disaster though everyone wants ‘cooler heads’ to prevail. Allow me to introduce you to one of the coolest heads I know, Robin Alan. My guest on today’s blog, he … Continue reading Anecdotage #10: Is Catalonia heading for a crash?
We seem to be having a collective Weinstein moment: one of the most powerful men in Hollywood disgraced and his company up for grabs, all because he sexually molested women throughout his long career. And of course, everyone in the business knew it--and kept their mouths firmly shut. As John Wight puts it succinctly in … Continue reading Anecdotage #9: Joined at the patriarchal hip: Weinstein and Boyle
In my ongoing quest to decipher the reasons behind the chaotic world we all inhabit, my mind sometimes clutches at tried and true homilies, some in German, such as this one, actually an old round: "Die Gedanken sind frei, wer kann sie erraten, sie fliegen vorbei wie naechtliche Schatten." Freely translated, it means that ' Our thoughts … Continue reading Anecdotage #8: Hijacked Minds