Archive | January, 2011

A timeless classic

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You know, I could do without the bustiers and the form-fitting Emma Peel latex suits at this age (hey! I’m talkin’ about my six year-old kid’s self-concept here, people!). Otherwise: Girl Power! A rallying cry that’s always in style.

Equally timeless (though taking new shapes in each era) are the forces of evil against which the supersheroes must crusade. And I ain’t talkin’ the comic book villains. I will print this image and use the snapshot as a bookmark for when I read Peggy Ornstein’s just-published Cinderella Ate My Daughter.  Reviews here, for those who know better than to wait for me to actually read the book and write about it: Mary Elizabeth Williams’, at Salon; Annie Murphy Paul’s, at The New York Times; and Veronica Arreola at her blog Viva La Feminista.

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Weekend bonus shot, 01.30.11

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Early parenting blog prototype, courtesy my Pops (April, 1968), Berkeley, CA.

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Weekend bonus shot, 01.23.11

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Ice cream Saturday, Albany, CA.

Apologies for the zero posts this past week. We had a birthday in there, with a double-birthday boy party (4 yrs old & 90). Plus the usual sundry, plus plus. Over here, you will see one sign of the busyness of the week.

What the heck was that, you ask? Glad you asked. It’s an Annex I’m going to keep over at Posterous, because why? Because between a full-blown, fairly carefully landscaped and weeded blog, plus a Twitter feed, a gal doesn’t have quite enough online venues for self-expression.  Over five years ago I thought of this space as an open lab of sorts, a place to audition and share ideas in process. What with their eventual destiny being: buffed, polished, and appearing on a printed page, either as an essay in a journal or magazine or anthology, or in a book of me own.  That notion is still in place (I’m polishing up material that began here for submission to an anthology even as we speak!).  But I’ve also come to regard this blog as way more well-thought out than I first thought it would be, a piece of media in its own right, and one with high editorial standards for inclusion (if not for frequency of publication! cough!).

So! After seeing other self-respecting blogger folks set up smaller, less formal venues for sharing visual stuff (Karen Walrond’s Posterous tag line: “because the iPhone photos have to go somewhere”!), I thought: “Hey! The other cool kids have one! I want one too!”  And thus I slid another yard or two down the proverbial slippery slope.  I post, therefore I am.

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Weekend bonus shot, 01.16.11

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Birthday boy 1 (at 4): contemplating b-day cake, Berkeley, CA.

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Birthday boy 2 (at 90): contemplating b-day donut, Castro Valley, CA.

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¡Arriba, osos!

Giffords intern, UA junior PoliSci major, and City of Tucson Commission on GLBT Issues member Daniel Hernandez, shaking hands with President Barack Obama. (Photo: AfterElton)

Remember how last week I captioned a picture of Pariah director Dee Rees at work as “one of the most beautiful images I’ve seen in a long time”? Well, this one is sure the HELL up there, too. What part of big ole gay oso pardo [brown bear] shaking the hand of an admiring Black American president is the most thrilling? Um, like, ALL OF IT, how ’bout? Which image, twenty years ago, I’d have thought I was as likely to see as the one I posted the other day of my dad smiling following my legal marriage (performed by my sister’s best friend, & with my two kids among those in attendance) in the rotunda of San Francisco City Hall.

Whenever the going feels bleak, and it often does, I have to remind myself that the bleakest part is the one step back part. And that it’s a response to the two steps forward part.  “The arc of moral universe is long,” said Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., paraphrasing Theodore Parker, “but it bends towards justice.”

I, along with a grateful nation, thank President Obama for his exceedingly presidential, exceedingly compassionate and wise speech last night. And I wish the the young Mr. Hernandez godspeed on his career.

After Elton posted a nice clip of Daniel Hernandez’ short, exceedingly humble speech last night (h/t Blabbeando whose blog, btw, is here).

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