I celebrated my birthday last week (and no, I’m not trolling for presents!) and I found myself oddly euphoric. I’m not complaining–I got a kick out of watching me enjoy myself so much–but I did want to know why I was so happy. Then I got it: I’m still here. The gift of life. I… Read More Just a few words today, Women
I’m writing about lynching today, and if you think you don’t want to read about it, magnify and multiply that feeling by about 10 million and you’ll get some idea of how much I don’t want to write about it. So why do it? Because looking away from it won’t make it go away and… Read More No, You Can’t Look Away
It’s called ON MY BLOCK and it’s a Netflix original series about a group of high schoolers, and no, I’m not on the Netflix payroll. I am gratified, though, to see a show about teens, all Black and Brown, who live at home with their parents, who are intelligent and articulate, who actually attend their… Read More On Your TV
Sunday’s Los Angeles Times initiated a series of articles on the year 1968 “to explain how it still shapes our world.” The big story looks back 50 years at the day “KIDS KICKED THE DOORS OPEN.” On March 5, 1968, students at three Eastside Los Angeles high schools walked out to protest their run-down campuses,… Read More Follow that teenager!
A couple of things I’m annoyed about, and no, I’m not blaming the victim. I’m not blaming anybody, but I am saying perhaps we can pay closer attention to some things. OK. Here goes: The film Jumanji. I didn’t see it but the ads promoting it were everywhere and they pissed me off. Three men,… Read More It’s NOT Too Big
I don’t do New Year’s resolutions because they don’t work for me, but it’s just recently that I think I know why: They’re rooted in negativity. Think about it: I resolve to lose weight. Because I’m fat, I don’t like how I look, I’m unhealthy. I resolve to exercise more. Because I’m a lazy couch… Read More Endings, Beginnings, and Gratitude
First, a belated THANK YOU for the warm welcome to the Women and Words site. It is an honor to share space with the women who contribute here, and it is a pleasure to read and learn from the comments you, the reading women, post. So…onward. This post could just as easily have been entitled,… Read More What Now?