Tuesday, September 26, 2006 

National Slavery Museum

Via blackprof.com:

Bill Cosby and former Virginia Governor Doug Wilder are trying to raise $100 million for the building of the United States National Slavery Museum. The facility would sit in Fredericksburg, Virginia, on Civil War battlefields. They are asking that every American contribute $8.
Learn more about the museum here.
You can contribute here.


Friday, September 15, 2006 

Introducing The Newest Member Of Our Family

Meet Ada, the latest little furball to worm her way into my heart. Isn't she beautiful? She showed up in our neighbor's yard one morning a few weeks ago, and was hanging out at the curb in front of our house later that night. She was obviously lost and I just couldn't leave her out there with three pit bulls living next door. So I made a comfy spot for her in the garage and set out the next day with fliers to find her human (she had a collar, but no tag). A week went by with no calls, and a week was all it took for me to fall in love.

It's hard not to fall for a kitty with a personality as big as Ada's. That very first night she put her paws on my chest and touched her nose to mine. I guess I was a goner right then and there. Any time I try to leave she grabs my ankles. It usually buys her another ten minutes or so. I'm such a softie. I could go on and on with stories of her boisterousness and cuteness, but I'll spare you. Suffice it to say, she's the world's cutest 9-month-old kitty cat.

Back to her story.... It turns out she had a terrible flea infestation and, of course, tapeworms. Yuck. I immediately took care of the fleas with some Advantage and the following weekend started a course of Droncit for the tapeworms after a visit to the vet. About six days into Ada's new adventure with us I got a voicemail from someone describing Ada (with someone in the background prompting her to say she's gray) and saying that she had been missing for three, possibly four days. Hello, your cat has been missing for at least 6 days (probably longer - she was starving when I took her in) and you think it's only been three or four?! Some may think I'm being mean in not returning Ada to her original human, but I can't in good conscience give her back to someone who obviously keeps her outside - unspayed, doesn't do anything to prevent fleas, and allows her to have an untreated tapeworm infection. Did I mention I have to take her back to the vet in two weeks to make sure she's not pregnant? Irresponsible people like Ada's former caretaker, if you can call her that, shouldn't be allowed to have pets. Animals deserve so much more than that from us. I didn't return the woman's call, and she hasn't called back even though she said she would in the voice message. Contrast that with a woman who called twice in one day looking for her brown cat who had been missing less than a day.

Even though we didn't really want a third cat, our house is small as is our budget, I'm glad Ada found her way to us. It feels good knowing that I'm helping another being have a better life.


Wednesday, August 23, 2006 

The Semi-Regular Picture Quiz

It's about time for a picture quiz, wouldn't you say?

Friday, August 11, 2006 

Book Tag - I'm It

I've been tagged by Yawning Lion over at feh-muh-nist to partcipate in a book meme making its way around the blogosphere. Off the top of my head, here are my responses.

One book that changed your life?

This has to be a two-book answer. Dykes-Loving-Dykes: Dyke Separatist Politics For Lesbians Only by Bev Jo and Linda Strega, and For Lesbians Only: A Separatist Anthology by Sara Lucia Hoagland and Julia Penelope. I bought Dykes-Loving-Dykes at the 1991 Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival and started reading it immediately. That quickly led to For Lesbians Only. The world hasn’t looked the same since.

One book you've read more than once?

Conditions of War by Lierre Kieth

One book you'd want on a desert island?

This would be a difficult decision. I guess I’ll go with Blood, Bread, and Roses: How Menstruation Created The World by Judy Grahn. It has been on my bookshelf for some time waiting to be read.

One book that made you laugh?

I’ll have to go with Yawning Lion on this one - The Complete Hothead Paisan by Diane DiMassa. I used to buy the individual ‘zines and eventually bought the book. No comic has ever made me laugh so hard.

One book that made you cry?

I know one of the novels that I’ve read in the past year made me cry, but for the life of me I can’t remember which one.

One book you wish had been written?

Obliterating The Y Chromosome: The Complete Guide To Saving The Planet. Is there a radical lesbian separatist out there with a PhD in biochemistry who would like to get working on this?

One book you wish had never been written?

The Bible, of course.

One book you're currently reading?

In The River Sweet by Patricia Henley.

One book you've been meaning to read?

One? If only. I'll limit my answer to four books. Fiction: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, and Flannery O'Connor : Collected Works : Wise Blood / A Good Man Is Hard to Find / The Violent Bear It Away / Everything that Rises Must Converge / Essays & Letters. Non-Fiction: Living Among Meat Eaters: The Vegetarian’s Survival Handbook by Carol J. Adams, and Killing Rage: Ending Racism by bell hooks (I’ve started this a couple of times, but got distracted by fiction).

Tag 5 people...

I tag Aussie, Raging Feminist – who can post her answers on my blog, and any of my readers without blogs who want to can post in the comments.

Friday, August 04, 2006 

Lunadyke of Raging Feminist fame has asked that I post this announcement. She's always full of good info.

August 19 A staged reading of 'Til the Fat Lady Sings will be presented at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, as part of the annual retreat for the International Center for Women Playwrights. This is a play about an opera singer on the eve of a gastric bypass surgery. For details and synopsis of the play, see: http://osureadings.blogspot.com/


Thursday, August 03, 2006 

Words From Women I Like

From author J.K. Rowling on her website, regarding societal pressure to be thin:
Maybe all this seems funny, or trivial, but it's really not. It's about what girls want to be, what they're told they should be, and how they feel about who they are. I've got two daughters who will have to make their way in this skinny-obsessed world, and it worries me, because I don't want them to be empty-headed, self-obsessed, emaciated clones; I'd rather they were independent, interesting, idealistic, kind, opinionated, original, funny - a thousand things, before 'thin'. And frankly, I'd rather they didn't give a gust of stinking chihuahua flatulence whether the woman standing next to them has fleshier knees than they do.


Friday, July 21, 2006 

Fat Woman - The New Super Hero

Post Secret

You never know when or where fat activism will pop up. And that's a wonderful thing. I was pleasantly surprised to find this terrific postcard when I pulled up Post Secret today. It's a nice counterbalance to the I'd rather be dead than fat postcards I've seen there.

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