Archive | May, 2019

Julia Ward Howe | Mother’s Day Proclamation

In 1870, Julia Ward Howe – an abolitionist best remembered as the poet who wrote “Battle Hymn of the Republic” – worked to establish a Mother’s Peace Day. Here is the proclamation she wrote in 1870, which explains, in her own impassioned words, the goals of the original holiday. “Arise, all women who have hearts, whether your baptism be that of water or of tears! Say firmly: ‘We will not […]

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Carl “Papa” Palmer | Out of the Kitchen

Responding to my desire of learning how to throw a wicked curve ball Mom says without hesitation, “You’ll just have to wait until the baby bottles finish boiling. If you’re in such a big hurry you can help by taking them from the kettle.”  She hands me the tongs, “Put them on the counter to dry while I get Dori from her rocker and dressed to go outside.” The little […]

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Death | The future we seldom speak of

Death. It’s coming for all of us, yet most of us are shocked when we realize that today, or soon, it is coming for us. Or worse, that it just took someone we can’t imagine living without. Death is the topic that sucks the air out of the room; that reveals the shallowness of our dreams and ambitions; that slays us with its non-negotiability. Yet the man who is our interview […]

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Power and Sex | Movies You Might’ve Missed

Miss Representation is a 2011 documentary written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom that exposes how mainstream media and culture contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. With the tagline, “You can’t be what you can’t see,” the film draws attention to how limited and often disparaging are media portrayals of women and girls. As the film’s website explains, “In a society where […]

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