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Equality Today: Quick List of Must-Reads

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Politics Power Sex

Today is Women’s Equality Day, the anniversary of the day the 19th amendment was certified, extending the right to vote to women.  Women’s suffrage was a right that had taken 80 years to accomplish.

It rather makes me think twice about complaining about the U.S. House of Representatives’ 40 votes in three years to repeal Obamacare.

This week is also the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, when the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., made his immortal “I Have a Dream” speech.

In honor of these historic moments, I thought I’d share a few must-reads today:

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Finding Your Writing Voice

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Sara Toole Miller - Fiction & Non-Fiction Writer

Microphone in Fist

My earliest memories of the written word are of voice in literature.  Before I knew what author’s “voice” was, my mother was giving actual voice to the works of A.A. Milne and Roald Dahl.  My brother and I would gather around the dining room table and my mom would read from “The House at Pooh Corner.”  We would beg her to continue for hours on end because she gave every character a distinct voice.  We couldn’t wait to hear what Rabbit or Kanga sounded like. Piglet was squeaky and nervous, talking extremely fast and in an almost stream-of-consciousness way.  Eeyore was sarcastic and sad with a grumpy, deep voice that was self-deprecating while also demanding the readers’ every last ounce of sympathy.  Pooh was careless—but not in a forgetful way—although he was forgetful and rather air-headed.  Pooh’s true carelessness was more of a carefree-ness—a blissful ignorance that allowed him to…

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Monday, yet again.

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Hello my people! I’m sorry I was away from so long. Actually, no I am not. I needed to breathe and do stuff.

And not a moment too soon, I think.

 

It’s the first week of advent, and I’m already about to facepalm. Before I lose you guys, let me explain. In detail.

Okay. As some of you know, I am a bit commenter in groups on Facebook. One of them is my favorite: SCCL. SCCL is best explained as a safe place for folks who drank too much of the kool-aid. That being said, no one is perfect. But they are genuine. And that is why I love these folks.

Last week, a man posted on SCCL asking why women do not read his blog. And it only got worse from there.

LSS:

SCCL thought she was blocked from responding. TJ said she wasn’t. At this time it’s just he said/she said. Easy enough to solve right? Well, no. It went on and on to the point where TJ was being an unabashed ass and hurt some feelings.

At this time, I am drinking some warm tea. I know nothing about this because I am dealing with the new life of a homeowner.

Today, I hop onto facebook and talk to buddies. Some are pretty upset. I am confused as to what is going on, and read today’s blog by TJ.

It wasn’t really a blog entry, more of a frustrated clanging of words. He spoke of how “giving someone the benefit of the doubt” should be a Christian virtue. At first I am like “Hell yeah!”.

Then I did some thinking.

To just give the benefit of the doubt all the time can cause problems. Huge ones.

I get acussed of things. I get confused

He gets beligerant.

I get really confused.

Then I read what transpired last week.

I snapped.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/tonyjones/2012/12/03/benefit-of-the-doubt-a-christian-virtue/#comment-50010

I’m not proud of what happened, but sometimes just explaining into detail “It’s not all about you” does help. At least it helped me.

And yes, going off on a stranger isn’t that great. But at least I am learning that some people really are just douchebags wearing crosses.

Speeding Cars

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I went to my first job interview, and as nature would dictate, my first rejection happened.

I spoke kindly of my former bosses, even though two of them borderline stalked me. I explained how my degree would aid children, and talked about my life growing up with ADHD. I explained what methods I’d use, because they were things I had to learn in order to keep myself from being distracted by various shiny things.

Yet, they didn’t want me. Even though I had a Bachelor’s of Science and have worked with kids before.

The idea is that I might have made them feel stupid. Which I laughed until my mom explained it to me. She talked about how if something in a conversation really interests me, I pop up with facts which makes me appear like a know it all. Which sucks because I’m not saying “hey I know this!” to feel superior. Some things excite me.

So far, I’ve been told to “tone it down” and not show off intellectually. I don’t get it. So I have to play dumb to get a job in a arena where one would hope that their workers were intelligent? How does that even work?

And I’m not to talk about my ultimate goals which include Graduate and Doctorate schools?

I’m not going to give up. I’m just frustrated and confused. Wtf.