How Did That Man Become Australia’s Opposition Leader?

by Peter McCarthy   The stunning reaction to last week’s speech by Australia’s Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, calling out Opposition Leader Tony Abbott for his serial offending as a sexist, must have the rest of the World wondering what makes Tony tick. Asyou can see by his body language in the YouTube clip, it was […]

Women’s Top Three Oscar-Winning Roles Will Surprise You

There were ten nominees in the race for last year’s Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress Oscars. Two played characters who were sexually assaulted onscreen, (Glenn Close as Albert Nobbs and Rooney Mara as The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) and another played a serial adulterer (Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn). This continues a long-standing pattern, for since 1958, the roles that most frequently earn a Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination are those of prostitute, adulterer, or rape victim

TRUE GRIT Part Three of Into Africa |African Queens

by Sharon Walling The first time I saw a Ugandan woman in her traditional garb, Lord Byron’s verse “She walks in beauty, like the night,” flashed in my mind. The women of Uganda are pictures of grace. They are stately and quiet. When I was a little girl, my mother used to tell me to […]

Just Take the Shot!

by Catharine Bramkamp I am surrounded by professional photographers. My husband works for a professional camera bag company and is an accomplished photographer. My youngest son is an accomplished photographer; his photograph graces the cover of my book, Ammonia Sunrise. My father was an excellent photographer. My grandparents – prolific.        But I just want […]

Bits and Pieces

by Jo Lauer “Babe…” Wendy called as she stomped snow from her boots in the foyer before walking ploddingly and stocking-footed down the Italian-tiled hallway toward the kitchen. The strident chirp of a bird was the only response. She stopped short and grinned at the profusion of red rose petals and brightly colored confetti that […]

The Thing About Movements…

by Deborah Grabien First things first: I should say, up front, that this is not going to be a particularly unbiased look at the Occupy movement. As much as I would have liked this to be an exemplar of classic journalism – with the author’s opinion tidily tucked into the background in favor of impartiality […]

Ready For the Grave

by Susanna Solomon My name is Doris. I do hair. All kinds of hair- short, long, layered. I make curly hair straight, and straight hair curly, and I turn brown hair to honey and blond hair to mahogany. Oh, and I do highlights and asymmetrical cuts, my scissors flying. The women leave my chair transformed. […]

The Literary Achievements of Eurquart Ledbetter

by James Hancock Last week, I was sitting around the bike shop doing some networking because it was too cold to do any messenger runs.  I had a stack of small, unmarked packages to deliver, but the public restrooms in the park where I always drop them were too frigid to hang around, so I […]

The Ticking Clock: An Egyptian’s First Hand Account of the Protest in Tahrir Square

by Taher Medhat   In the 1946 Alfred Hitchcock film, “Notorious”, Cary Grant’s Nazi-infiltrating T.R. Devlin scours through a wine cellar belonging to the host of a party which is going on upstairs. As Grant searches for the evidence to implicate his dastardly Nazi host, the viewer is treated to a classically Hitchcockian device: The […]

Against All Odds: On Being Dragged Against My Will By My Teenage Daughter to See James Franco’s New Movie

by Lorrie Goldin Would you cut off your right arm to save your child? That’s a no-brainer. Of course you would. OK, something harder, then: Would you go watch a movie about a guy who cuts off his right arm when your 18-year-old begs you? Hmmm. Even parental self-sacrifice has its limits. “Can’t we see […]