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Women and Freud

March 23, 2011

It’s a marvel that the “second wave” of a movement to awaken and empower women in America was called “feminism” given that, at the time, to be “feminine” meant quite the opposite. The month of March, annually, is one of attention to women’s place, role and history. The second wave mentioned began in the late […]

The Irish and the Ides: Not Much to Party About

March 15, 2011

  Given the rap, playful or otherwise, that all Irish American s will fall out of the nation’s bars early Friday morning, one would think this time in March is all about partying. What is overlooked in the supposed mayhem and the build-up to St. Patrick’s Day is a time of more baleful significance: the […]

What’s Love Got to Do with It?

February 15, 2011

Think of Tina Turner’s hit song: “What’s love, what’s love, got-to-do, got-to-do with it…” Cometh Valentine’s Day, and storefronts are sick with every shade of red. Gosh, we’re a loving people. You can tell from our music, literature, rhetoric and scriptures. We sing and rhapodize about it, and look for it in all the wrong […]

Coming Down the Mountain

January 18, 2011

These words were meant to be posted earlier but, well, shots rang out again, this time in Arizona. How ironic that we were only days away from commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr., himself a victim of gun violence. He had been to the mountain-top, a “peak experience” perhaps, but the trip down is often disappointing, […]

Re-Gifting Lady Liberty

December 29, 2010

‘Twas the day for Giving. Now are days for re-gifting–passing unneeded or unwanted gifts on to others, or Return to Sender. Given our anti-immigrant rhetoric and legislation, it’s time to send the Statue of Liberty back to France. Call it a re-gifting of Lady Liberty. We don’t like immigrants. But did we ever? Killing the […]

What “War Against Christmas”?

December 16, 2010

For those who love wars, there’s always room for one more, and now it’s said that one’s been declared against Christmas by those who don’t believe in or celebrate it. I thought the latter were merely stating their own preferences, but Fox News, eager to push people into a fight, has made this a priority, […]

“Don’t Tell” the Marines

December 10, 2010

The military and war are personal legacies, my father’s entire family having fought for the Mexican Revolution, a civil war three times as long as ours. There, the Rebels won. My maternal grandfather fought in our Civil War, but was a Rebel in a losing cause. Had that Yankee bullet at Shiloh been a bit […]

Beer, Or Prayers, with Obama?

October 22, 2010

In this ridiculous political climate, attacks focus not only on the President, but his wife and his religion. First Ladies usually are immune from public criticism, unless they’re Democrats, of course. Hillary Clinton did nothing wrong but when her hubby was found to be a cad, somehow she was considered party to it. Michele Obama […]

The Controversy that Won’t Go Away

September 18, 2010

Because some people don’t want it to. It’s the best wedge issue they’ve got now that Andrew Breitbart self-destructed and Sarah Palin may soon be right on his heels. Both have been darlings of the political right wing and seen early and often on Fox News till Andy crashed and burned with his slice-and-dice video […]

Mosque-ing the Truth

September 9, 2010

Anything Obama says or does will be criticized by the radical right, who are masquerading as “conservatives,” though not worthy of the name. It warmed my heart to see him give voice to religious freedom in regard to the mosque center–and he did not “back off” or “qualify” that stance the following day. Whoever can […]