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  • Fairy tales

    During a Lifetime show several years ago, the then-editor of Jane magazine shared her childhood memories of a fairy tale. “When I read the ending, where she ended up with the prince, I thought, ‘That’s it? After all of that, she only gets a man?’”...
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  • Check it out

    This afternoon, I attended a library event that not only showcased local authors, but also offered tips to create handcrafted book covers. The Local Author Festival was held in The Tsakopoulos Library Galleria at Sacramento, California’s central branch. The original library building opened in 1918...
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  • I am the best aunt

    Since they were small children, each holiday I have mailed my niece and nephew a card, with a small item inserted inside. The mail offered something special, just for them; little surprises, appropriate for the particular holiday. Of course, when they were small, the items...
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  • Equality, the new math

    “What woman inspired you?” That question was posed today, National Women’s Day, and I couldn’t think of anyone. It’s not as if I haven’t known, heard, or read about impressive women. But, inspired? Well, there must be someone, I thought. This is ridiculous. I mentally...
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  • The scarlet letter, repurposed

    My progressive mother decided I should choose the religion that worked best for me, and so introduced me to three different neighborhood offerings: Presbyterian, Methodist, and Episcopalian. I don’t recall which one we visited first, but I do remember listening to an orating priest/minister/pastor, and...
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  • Don’t blink

    “Sometimes, you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” – Dr. Seuss As with all the previous years, 2015 captured thousands of moments; some cherished, and some we’d rather forget. It’s easy to remember the bigger moments, such as...
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  • Where were you when

    My alarm woke me to the news, which took a few moments to process as I mentally floated up from the land of R.E.M’s. Although the horror was occurring on the other side of the country (I lived in Northern California), the profound humanity of...
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  • iPinion Syndicate writers and belly talk

    Did you know that iPinion Syndicate will soon be releasing an ebook? You have probably heard in the news, blogs, Twitter, etc. about comedian Nicole Arbour’s “Dear Fat People” video blaming people for being overweight, and claiming that fat shame does not exist. (Yes, I...
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  • The times are not a’ changing

    Following the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Martin Luther King, Jr. asked white people to help register black voters in the South. Sherie Holbrook, a blonde 18-year-old freshman at University of California, Berkeley, answered the call. “I had never felt smothered by...
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