Even people regularly referred to as heathens know that December is for much more than shopping. Somehow people think that if you are a non-proselytizing believer in a an organizing principle larger than oneself, what I refer to as the Great Organizing Principle in the Sky, you cannot understand the draw of the Winter Celebration. But dichotomy tends to rule our meager human … [Read more...] about December Reflections
My Mother's birthday was day before Halloween. She would have been 104 were she alive. Yesterday was Halloween or Samhain, which was the birthday of my best friend in High School during those tumultuous teenage years. She died when she was 21. She would have been 62. Today is All Souls Day and the Day of the Dead when we are to celebrate our dear departed family and … [Read more...] about Family Bibles and Sugar Skulls
The Influence of One Woman If you ask readers to name two successful African American women writers you will probably hear Alice Walker and Toni Morrison in reply. But if you go back another generation the reply, if the respondent is savvy in history and literature, has to be Zora Neale Hurston. But she was so much more than a novelist. Like so many women Zora was almost … [Read more...] about Iconic Z: Zora Neale Hurston
Writing a themed-post on the letter X is a task with limited options. Fewer words begin with the letter X in the English language than any other letter. Even with the inclusion of Ex words we have an exceptionally small number of words with which to work. My theme for this A to Z challenge is Iconic Femininity. So let's review Genetic Xes and Speculative Fiction that … [Read more...] about Iconic X: Oryx and Crake & the X Chromosome Meet Madame X
I had written quite a bit, about Wonder Woman for the W post, but like some earlier entries, I held off on publication, and am glad I did. I still adore the concept of a wonder woman, not to be confused with a superwoman, but a concept I love even more is the concept of the Woke Woman. She is the real superhero. She is us. We are awakening. You woke? If you aren't you … [Read more...] about Iconic W: Can White Women Be Woke?