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8 Good Reasons to Go Crazy

Gone Crazy back soonAs you can see (if you’ve been following me), I’ve done something slightly mad: renamed this blog for the umpteenth time. (If you’re new here, welcome.)

This blog’s former name (Cracker Jacks) doesn’t have anything to do with anything (as my good friend Elaine is fond of saying when conversations take detours), other than it makes me think of popcorn and excellence, both of which I adore.

It may have been crazy to rename the blog, but it was even crazier to fire it up in the first place, given all the other stuff I already do (see below).

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The Lost and Found

AWR we will be foundAmazing grace. The words “lost and found” always make me think of amazing grace.

Not of lost mittens or keys or caps or a single red shoe. Nor of the “lost and founds” one must call in search of them. No.

“Lost and found” makes me think of amazing grace:

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me

I once was lost, but now I’m found, was blind, and now I see…

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Come Winter

IMG_6633Spring, summer, and fall
come and go:
birth, life and surrender
like preludes to your eternity,
colourful crazy quilts
to your thick white blankets,
seasonal experiments
before you settle in.

Firewood stacked
three cords deep
awaits your arrival.
Like the seasons before you,
it will go up in smoke
leaving feather-like ash
to mark its passing.

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Dead to the World

Sleeping Woman (1935) A beautiful piece of art by Tamara de  Lempicka (see link below)

Sleeping Woman (1935) A beautiful piece of art by Tamara de Lempicka (see link below)

Eyes open.
A thought bubbles to the surface:
“I’m awake.”
Awareness skips
across my consciousness
forcing me to stir.
I resist.

I burrow deeper
into the folds of the duvet.
I will bury myself
alive today, tomorrow
and the next.

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Fight the Good Fight. Your Way.

diana nyad 3Journalist, author, motivational speaker and world-record-holding marathon swimmer Diana Nyad made five attempts to swim from Cuba to Florida.

She first tried at age 28 in 1975.

She failed. She made four subsequent attempts in August 1978, August 2011, September 2011, and August 2012.

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How To Kick Ass in Two Minutes or Less

When I see this happen in real life, I’ll know we’re on the way to not needing the word “feminist” anymore: Read More…

Feminist: A Word We Love to Hate

“I hate feminist.” Joss Whedon says to a roomful of feminists at an Equality Now‘s #MakeEqualityReality benefit dinner. And gets a laugh.

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This is what a “fumerist” does…

Veteran comedian Kate Clinton describes herself as “a faith-based, tax-paying, America-loving political humorist and family entertainer,” and “fumerist” (feminist humourist). She’s a lesbian. She’s also witty and funny.

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Sara Is Finally Free

Sara Kruzan niceIn November 2009, I featured Sara Kruzan’s story on AmazingWomenRock.com in a post entitled “How Much Time for This Kind of Crime?

At the time, I tried to make sense of the violence of her desperate action, and the life of abuse that had driven her to it.

I wrote:

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I Wanna Be a MF-in’ Monstah!

Happy feminist Halloween!