Browsing All Posts published on »April, 2012«

Lila’s Southwestern Meat Loaf

April 30, 2012

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If you’re tired of the same old soup-mix meat loaf, this is a tasty variation.  The great thing about meat loaf is its endless variability.  Feel free to change the quantities of the ingredients here, or substitute your own.  This one has become a favorite with Hubby. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.     Mix together […]

Am I Transgender By This Definition?

April 27, 2012

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Let’s be clear.  I am straight, long married to a person of the opposite sex, and if you ask me, I will tell you that I am female.  I don’t “feel” male, or trapped in the wrong body, and I am not attracted to women.  But check out Diane Ehrensaft’s definition of transgendered identity  from this […]

Hey Parents: Teens Getting Drunk (and Poisoned) on Hand Sanitizer

April 26, 2012

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So apparently, teens have started drinking hand sanitizer to get drunk.  KTLA Los Angeles reports that six teens recently ended up in the emergency room with acute alcohol poisoning, and so doctors are trying to warn parents of the danger.   Warnings are good things, but this advice is not: “If parents buy hand sanitizer, they […]

Russia: The Great White Whale Lives!

April 25, 2012

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It’s like a scene straight out of Moby Dick!  Check out the first-ever video, which includes great still shots, of an all-white adult Orca off Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula at Philip Hoare’s article in The Guardian.   The whale, dubbed Iceberg, was spotted in 2010 and the Far East Russia Orca Project is going back out on […]

The Stay-at-Home Mom Choice: Should Taxpayers Pay for Your Kids?

April 24, 2012

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A hundred years ago, it was common for a young man to ask a girl’s father for her hand in marriage, and equally common for the father to ask the young man how he intended to support his daughter.  Today we dismiss this as quaint and chauvinistic, entirely missing the point that responsible people did […]

USMC to Allow Women in the Infantry

April 22, 2012

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Whoa, there, calm down, it’s not actually a done deal yet.  It’s more like a pilot program, with plenty of details still to be researched and decided.  But already, the naysayers are flooding the comment boards. First, I dismiss outright the purely reflexive, ideological comments like these: “Combat is a man’s job. Simply put. You […]

Tantrums: Handcuffing Little Kids – Let’s Hear Some Better Ideas

April 20, 2012

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According to CNN, police responded to a report of an assault at an elementary school in Georgia, and ended up handcuffing and arresting a six-year-old girl.  Whaaat?  A six-year-old?  Couldn’t this have been handled better than that? Um… maybe not.  The girl threw a tantrum, which sounds pretty routine until you read the details:  throwing […]

Catholic League Implies Adoption is Second-Class

April 19, 2012

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I’m adopted, and I’m fuming.  In connection with the Ann Romney-Hilary Rosen mash-up over working mothers, it came to my attention that the Catholic League had tweeted this on 12 April: I don’t know who tweets on behalf of the Catholic League, but this really got a visceral reaction from me, because it implies that […]

Meet Joan Larsen at Fathom

April 18, 2012

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Our own intrepid explorer Joan Larsen continues to write about her adventures, so much the better for us!  Here’s a quick profile of our world-class traveler at Fathom.

Joan Larsen’s Iceberg Pics at Fathom

April 18, 2012

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Joan has done it again!  See her collection of iceberg pics from her recent travels to Antarctica.

Jessica Dorrell: Women Making Women Look Bad

April 17, 2012

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Writing in Sports Illustrated, Christianne Harder explains how Jessica Dorrell’s actions have had an immediate negative impact on women working in the highly competitive, male-dominated field of football.  Dorrell is the 25-year-old woman who Arkansas Razorbacks coach Bobby Petrino hired as his new Student-Athlete Development Coordinator, bypassing 158 other candidates for the position.  And then, […]

Pregnancy in Arizona (globalfreeopinionator)

April 16, 2012

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Brought to you by globalfreeopinionator: It appears that some ignorant tyrants in Arizona have decided to alter science to enable them to promote their program of control over women. A bill has recently been passed proclaiming that pregnancy actually starts before conception, never mind that there is no way to know exactly when conception occurs. […]

Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter – Seriously?

April 16, 2012

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I went and saw Cabin in the Woods over the weekend, but let’s leave that for another time.  What really caught my attention was one of the previews:  Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. Seriously?  There is so much just wrong with this.  Lincoln was a real person, not some mythical or fictional figure to bend and […]

Malaysia Airlines Creates Kid-Free Zones

April 13, 2012

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“So, how was your flight?” “Aw, I was trapped next to this screaming baby the whole time.  I didn’t get any sleep, couldn’t focus on my book or hear the movie, and my right ear is still ringing.” “Bad luck, huh?  But hey, what can you do?” On most airlines, nothing.  But Malaysia Airlines has […]

An Ru-486 Abortion, An Arrest, and Silence From the Pro-Life and Pro-Choice Camps

April 12, 2012

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In Idaho, abortion is legal.  RU-486 is legal.  And Jennie McCormack was arrested last year for inducing her own abortion with RU-486.  The Daily Beast and National Public Radio are among the very few publishers covering the story.  Pro-life organizations don’t want to touch this story, because traditionally, they have attacked abortion providers, not the […]

Got Miniskirt? Want Respect? Wear Panties!

April 11, 2012

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Here we go again!  Just recently, Miley Cyrus was getting into her car, and a photographer taking her picture from normal adult’s-eye height got a big ol’ shot of her privates… since she was following in the footsteps of other young airheads, and wearing a tiny, tight minidress with no panties.  So now we all […]

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, On Work-Life Balance

April 10, 2012

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In an interview posted on the Makers website, Facebook COO Sheryl Sanders tells us, “There’s no such thing as work-life balance.  There’s work, and there’s life, and there’s no balance.”  As a mom and a career woman whose resume is filled with a string of high-powered positions in nonprofits, government, and business, she knows whereof […]

VIDA: Women Writers Still Struggling for Parity

April 9, 2012

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I only recently heard of VIDA, which is not that surprising, since they were just established in 2009. The organization’s mission is “to explore critical and cultural perceptions of writing by women through meaningful conversation and the exchange of ideas among existing and emerging literary communities.”  In short – to figure out why, in the […]

Brazil: Amazing, Spontaneous Dolphin Rescue

April 7, 2012

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It happened at a beach at Arraial do Cabo near Río de Janeiro in Brazil, last month.  According to Peru’s El Comercio, about 30 dolphins apparently were caught in a strong ocean current which caused them to beach.  When this video, shot by Gerd Traue, begins, you can see the flailing dolphins churning the water […]

Easter Special: The Art of Ukrainian Pysanky

April 6, 2012

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Tired of the same old boring Easter Eggs?  Check out the art of Ukrainian Pysanky at Ann Morasch’s site, LearnPysanky.com.  This is the best website I have yet seen explaining how to make these elaborate decorations, with a great FAQ section for all of your questions. Pysanky are not like our boring, yet generally edible, […]

Happy Easter: The Washington Post Annual Peeps Show!

April 6, 2012

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For the past few years, the Washington Post has sponsored a “Peeps Show” contest, in which contestants fashion elaborate dioramas featuring the beloved (or loathed) marshmallow candies.  The best are often hilarious commentaries on political or social issues in the news.  Check them out here, and Happy Easter!

Google Glass: Maybe A Little Too Connected (Updated)

April 5, 2012

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My generation agonized over whether to allow calculators in math class, and our driving instructors warned against  distractions like eating in the car or fiddling with the radio.  How quaint! Fast-forward to today.  As Steven Levy writes in Wired, Google is working furiously on Glass, Star Trek-like facewear that will place a tiny screen just […]

Anybody Watch Sarah Palin on Tuesday’s Today Show? What Did You Think?

April 4, 2012

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Sarah Palin appeared as a guest co-host on NBC’s Today show, 3 April.  Here’s my takeaway. First, she seems more coherent than I recall.   I found her more articulate, and generally well prepared (maybe I shouldn’t be surprised; after all, she was a TV news sportscaster at one time).  The usual convoluted, wandering sentences that […]

Looking for Authors, Input, Suggestions

April 4, 2012

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Seeking authors and articles of interest to intelligent, accomplished women “of a certain age.”  Gender issues, world events, and  – dare we say it?  – yes, even politics and religion. Interested?  Use the contact link, we’d love to hear from you!

Mammograms: Up to 40% of Women May Have Dense Tissue, Poor Diagnostics

April 3, 2012

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The phone call came at work.  There was “an issue”  with my mammography images, and the radiology clinic wanted me to come back for re-imaging.  “What issues?” I asked.  “We can’t tell you, you have to talk to the doctor.”  “Okay, have him call me.”  There was resistance.  They couldn’t or wouldn’t have the doctor […]

Farewell to wowOwow?

April 2, 2012

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Well, it was a great idea, and fun while it lasted.  Where else could a thinking, mature woman hang out on the Internet for meaningful conversation?  Sure – there were a few topics that would really get some folks going (any post mentioning Sarah Palin was sure to draw massive numbers of comments).  But overall, […]

The “Girls Around Me” App: A Great Demonstration on Why You Should Lock Down Your Data

April 1, 2012

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If  you or your loved ones use Facebook or other social media, here’s the best argument yet for locking your accounts down to friends only, and revealing nothing publicly.  “Girls Around Me” is exactly what it sounds like: a program that finds girls near your location.  As John Brownlee of Cult of Mac reports, the […]