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Saturday, October 06, 2018

ME TOO! AND SUPREME COURT

"Me too!" Women and girls who are sexually assaulted find courage to tell this private act that haunts her life forever. Shame.
"Me too!" She has suffered silently.  Fear of not being believed.
"Me too!" She worries she deserved this treatment. "Men will be men. Boys will be boys."
"Me too!" She is afraid it can happen again. This strange violation that pleasures her attacker. Why does she struggle.
"Me too!" Why is my body betraying me?
"Me too!" I am a child hiding from this cruel reality again.. 
"Me too!" My family needs me to work. I cannot loose my job. I am silent.
"Me too!" I set aside my feelings and walk numbly.  I am strong.
"Me too!" I am lost. I am careful not to be noticed. 
"Me too!"  Time is timeless. The event blurs into memory. But the hurt fear is ALIVE. 

As Dr. Christine Blasey Ford  knows Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when she fifteen years old.  Bravely she came forward to do her civic duty. And now must live with the vile betrayal of our GOP senators, mostly old white men who were raised by mothers who growing up did not have the right to vote.
These old white men hid behind a woman they hired to attack Ford during her testimony, it backfired.
Ford's truth was bright and real and honest.
So these old white men regrouped and did what predators do. They yelled. They attacked with righteous anger. No surprise. That is exactly what guilty men do when facing assaults charges  from women and girls.
But what is truly awful. Senator Susan Collins betrayal of millions of girls and women. She believed the drunk young men who do not recall this night so long ago to  the victim. The sexual assault is still harming Dr. Ford even today.
Senators Joni Ernest, Debt Fischer, and Cindy Hyde-Smith three women GOP senators who were never going to vote against partlines . Their lack of concern for women's rights  is stunning.
I ask myself daily why? We watch Dr. Ford's testimony,  so powerful and real.
And then Kavanaugh reading his response in the  manner of a child throwing a temper tantrum. Not becoming of a Supreme Court Judge. Kavanaugh behaved entitled to this honored seat only nine men and women serve and hold for a lifetime.
He screamed his life was ruined and he would never remove his name. Why ? Kavanaugh is not a judge but a bully.
He bullied the woman senators asking questions he did not like. He refused to answer questions and instead created another question or statement that was not appropriate or unrelated. Or twisting the question to make himself the victim.  
Kavanaugh's yearbook was filled with sexualized comments "Renate Alumnus Club" Clearly a boast in the style of  "for a good time call.."  Renate Dolphin had no idea she was the butt of this inside joke until the senate hearing.
Ms. Dolphin was hurt and upset. Kavanaugh claims it was a compliment. Innocent fun. At the expense of Renate. 
This is a problem for a Supreme Court judge. Kavanaugh is biased against women ,girls and either he is completely unaware, or willing to lie about his behavior.
The GOP hid Kavanaugh's papers from the Bush administration era. There is evidence Kavanaugh lied under oath during his first confirmation in 2004 about his involvement in the illegal torture program. Torture.
During Kavanaugh's first 2018 hearing he paraded in his all girls basketball team he coaches.  On the surface it seems wholesome. But really it was icky. Like a smoke screen, covering up his true nature toward females. 
It was a sideshow. This is a gut feeling. And then Dr. Ford came forward with her story. And three other women have come forward with sexual assault stories of Kavanaugh exposing himself to women,this is disturbing and perverse.
As the FBI reopened Kavanaugh's background check, dozens of his friends, college roommates came forward with stories about Kavanaugh drunken  behavior.  He was a belligerent and aggressive stumbling drunk. He was in police report for fighting under the influence. This is not Supreme Court Justice material. Only nine seats in all the land. It is a high standard.  The life of a Supreme Court judge must be untarnished. Yes, it is vital. 
The majority of Americans do not trust Kavanaugh.  This alone is enough to disqualify Kavanaugh. 
The women and girls of the United States are under attack by the GOP senate both men and women. They are willing to place a man in power who can remove their rights. 
Trump,and Kavanaugh have been accused of sexually assaulting women. The GOP does not care, their craving for power and greed is clear.
The images of these angry old white men gnashing teeth, shaking their fists, pounding their fists. 
How dare these women demand human rights! 
Senator Grassley called the women protesting a mob sscene as they demanded their rights. The mob scene was the GOP protesting way too much! 
Senator Susan Collins betrayed the women of America. She claimed she would always protect our rights. Collins lied. 
She spent forty minutes explaining how she did not believe Dr. Ford.  She pretended this job interview was a trial. Your shadow of doubt, is not reason enough to place millions of American women  at risk. 
Senator Collins shame on you. You are a liar too.
"Me too!" Stand strong! We will overcome this setback. It is too important. 
Sadly, Dr. Ford has done what most sexual assault victims do when publicly attacked for coming forward. She tries to protect her attacker "It's okay. Please don't impeach Kavanaugh. I regret nothing. Please let me hide again. "   
Dr. Ford, coming forward you helped millions of victims of sexual assault . This is the most important outcome of this story. You are a hero. Bravery is scary, stay strong Dr. Ford.





Saturday, May 19, 2018

May 20th Dolly Madison





Born this day in 1768, First Lady Dolly Madison, married to the United State's 4th President James Madison. Dolly Madison is remembered for grace and hospitality as First Lady.  It is said that Madison improved her husband's popularity with her grand hostess skills.
 But her life was not an easy one, her first husband John Todd and son William  died  in the yellow fever epidemic in 1793. Leaving Dolly a widow and with no means to raise their older son John Payne.   
Dolly met James Madison through a mutual friend. Madison was seventeen years her senior and a bachelor.  They married and started a political career that took them to the White House.
 Dolly's son never found a profession and in 1830 was thrown into debtors prison.  The Madison's mortgage their plantation to pay his debts. 
And after James  Madison's death, Dolly moved to Washington DC leaving her son Payne to run the plantation. But Payne was unable to hold to the farm due to his alcoholism. 
Dolly was living absolute poverty. And sold James Madison's papers to Congress. Dorathea Dandridge Payne Todd Madison died July 12th, 1849 at the age of 81.
The photograph of Dolly Madison is by Matthew Brady.

Thursday, March 08, 2018

March 8th, 2018 I held on to this entry for well over a year.


2016. It was the best of times and it was the worse of times for women.  The last blog entry in 2016, was about Trump who is becoming our next president. Shocking really. The questions keep coming up about Trump winning with the help of the Russians and Putin. There are holes throughout this election.
I write this not as sour grapes, but I don't think most Americans agreed with Trump at all. Or his views on women.
So forward and onward gals! Hitch your wagon to the stars and let's take a ride, a journey toward freedom, and liberty and justice for all super duper gals!

Three Names: John James Audubon, Curry and Ives and William Comfort Tiffany. Most likely you have heard of these artists , all very well known. Now another three names: Maria Martin, Fanny Palmer and Clara Driscoll ? Have you heard of these artists? They are connected to the male artists.

Maria Martin and John James Audubon worked together on the water colors of Birds of American series. Ms. Martin was married to Audubon's business partner the Rev Bachman. Martin painted the "background and the trees, flowers, scenery. And what about the fact that Audubon was going blind the last ten years of his life?

Fanny Palmer and the gentle businessmen "Curry and Ives" were printmakers and Ms. Palmer, a widow with five children provided the homestead drawings of 19th century life. Palmer's work has been woven into our lives so completely she is always with us. From the prints to the songs to the dinner plates and whatever else her work has been transferred on.

Clara Driscoll and William Comfort Tiffany. In 2007, a woman researching Tiffany opened a drawer and Clara Driscoll came to life!  Yes, it was not just Tiffany designing the glass he is so famous for- Driscoll designed some of the most beautiful glass pieces, like the Dragon Fly lamp, and the wisteria and peony flowers. And discovered the brighter glass for the company.

Why were these women buried in a dusty corner, or drawer? Why were only the men allowed to take the credit?  Was it intensional? By keeping women's stories out of the "limelight" her history has been taken away and that history is vital! If you  don't where you have been, its hard to know where you are going.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

April 12th

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Born this day in 1908 British novelist, Ida Pollock, or Ida Crowe, Joan M. Allen, Susan Barri,
Pamela Kent, Averil Ives, Anita Charles, Jane Beaufort, Rose Burghley, Marguerite Bell, Mary Whistler or Barbara Rowan.
Ms. Pollock had a 90 year career and wrote over 125 romantic novels. Pollock wrote until her death in 2013, the age of 105.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

March 28th


                                 Lúcia de Jesus dos Santos 
"The reported apparitions at Fátima were officially declared worthy of belief by the Catholic Church, which commemorates the event on the same date. The published memoirs of Lucia Santos' in the 1930s revealed two secrets that she claimed came from the Virgin while the third secret was to be revealed by the Catholic Church in 1960. The controversial events at Fátima gained fame due partly to elements of the secrets, prophecy and eschatological revelations allegedly related to the Second World War and possibly more global wars in the future, particularly the Virgin's alleged request for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary."  this quote is from Wikipedia

Sister Maria Lúcia of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart was the official Catholic name of  this mystic Carmelite Nun. As a child she was one of three children who witnessed the Miracle of the appearance of the Virgin Mary in 1917.  The Marian apparitions in Fatima.  Sister Maria was born this day March 28th, 1907 and passed away February 13th, 2005.

In these times that try one's souls, this mystic woman leads me to wonder and wander for hopeful rejoicing to an end of wrong doing and celebration of all the good of woman kind. World Peace.