Image via WikipediaShhhh. Don't look -- and keep your voice down. This week's goddess is already really pissed off, and I don't want her directing her wrath at me.
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Image via WikipediaHello, my name is Margaret and I'm addicted to guilt. I feel guilty all the time, and when I'm not feeling guilty I'm probably doing something that will make me feel guilty.
Image via WikipediaTough love, smough love. A girl doesn't always want to have to be a hard ass. A girl doesn't always want to be "R-E-S-P-E-C-T find out what it means to me." Sometimes a girl wants tender love, sweet love, bring-me-flowers-and-show-me-you-love-me-by-offering-to-wash-my-dishes-and-buying-me-bling-love. And a girl wants to be understood and appreciated and admired. She wants someone to love her clever little jokes and get dizzy at the sight of her soul-penetrating gaze, sun-brightening smile, great-smelling hair and her ample hips. And is really too much to ask that that special someone also enjoy romantic comedies, shopping, Jane Austen, the Home and Garden Channel, Oprah, Norah Jones, bacon, butter, and cheese? Is it really too much, in fact, to simply want a soul mate?
Image via WikipediaWords of wisdom from the American food writer M.F.K. Fischer (1908-1992):
Image via WikipediaA little rabble-rousing today because of this article by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn in The New York Times Magazine. Entitled, "The Women's Crusade," this essay notes the following:
- Between 70 and 100 million women are "missing" from the planet, which means that while, theoretically, longer life spans mean there should be more women than men in many countries, these demographics don't pan out. Why? In part, it is because girls and women are seen as less deserving of healthcare than boys and men. In India, girls between one and five have a 50% higher chance of dying than boys.
- Unknown millions of girls and women are slaves. Right now. Today. Often they live short lives of forced prostitution.
- In the developing world, maternal mortality is high. In Niger, one in seven women die in childbirth. In the U.S. it is one in 4,800. In Ireland it is one in 47,600.
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Image by Robert S. Donovan via FlickrWords of wisdom from Julia Child, who introduced Americans to the art of French cooking:
Image via WikipediaFeeling sandwiched? Feeling squeezed like a cheap piece of meat between two slices of whole wheat because you're caring for both children and parents? Then welcome to the sandwich generation. Forty percent of women aged 35-54 admit to feeling totally stressed out by their exclusive membership in this club. Why? Because caregiving is hard and often thankless. Conservative estimates claim that twenty percent of caregivers of any type are depressed. When you are asked to give care to both your parents and your children, it's almost impossible not to end up a big fat emotional mess.
Image via WikipediaThe nice thing about blogging is that if you don't like what you're writing you can always hit the delete button and start over. Other creative endeavors are like that too. Bad day painting? Get a new canvas. Too much salt in your cake batter? Add more butter, sugar and flour. It'll be perfect.
Image by tassiesim via FlickrWords of Wisdom from Ernestine Ulster:
Image by Ernst Vikne via FlickrMy friend Altadena Hiker has a whole summer vibe going with shots of summer flowers and links to Brazilian singers, which made me think of my favorite Brazilian singer, Luciana Souza, who has a great song about spring called "The Waters of March." Listen to it here. It's a great reminder that while the waters of March may be as cold and violent as a shot in the dark, they're also the promise of new life. Birth hurts, and each of us is reborn everyday. So there you go.
Image via WikipediaIt pains me to say this, but there are some things that not even a goddess can do. Goddesses are not saints. If you light a candle they will not bring back the dead, they will not cure a disease, they will not cough up the mortgage payment that you just can't make. I wish they could. I think we all wish they could.