As If

Moira Rose, played by Catherine O'Hara, has suffered. Her former life is in tatters and she lives in a hovel of a motel, the last remaining property of her vastly wealthy husband, Johnny. Johnny, a self-made billionaire/millionaire, has lost it all to a corrupt financial manager. He, his beloved wife Moira, and their infantile adult children … Continue reading As If

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Climb Upward

Took my breath away. Patagonia's website has this incredible photograph on its "Women's Socks and Underwear" page. Why so memorable? Well, she ain't wearing socks. More, the image shows an incredibly fit, strong, athletic female superstar of a gal who has climbed up a canyon wall and is resting on a freakin' ledge. And there … Continue reading Climb Upward

Pure Hearts Aim True

Saturday's March 24 March for Our Lives included short performances by several singers: Jennifer Hudson (age 36), Miley Cyrus (age 25), Audra Day (33), and Ariana Grande (age 24). We're going to talk about the women, because the men wore a mix of casual tshirts, jeans, and pants. But the women showed up in a … Continue reading Pure Hearts Aim True

Portrait of a man

Kehinde Wiley and Barack Obama unveil Mr. Obama's portrait February 12, 2018. What struck me about Mr. Wiley's portrait was actually his suit -- a enlarged windowpane plaid, black with white detailing. And I don't want to talk about Mr. Wiley's fashion statement per se (the suit even drew comment from Mr. Obama). Rather, I … Continue reading Portrait of a man

All part of being first lady

Asked if she ever imagined being "first lady" of the United States in a November 11, 2017 CNN interview, First Lady Melania Trump instead answered an unspoken question of her own. "It's a lot of things that we need to take care of, and a lot of responsibilities," said Trump, "And it's all part of being … Continue reading All part of being first lady

Farm Girls

Women on farms did wear a kind of uniform in the 1930s, during the depression and before the War: print cotton dresses, heeled oxford shoes (Cuban heels, these were called) or sandals, flat little sturdy hats, and very little jewelry. Below are women at a 4H fair, so dressed up a bit "for town". But … Continue reading Farm Girls

I Resisted

"I resisted all the way: a new thing for me, and a circumstance which greatly strengthened the bad opinion Bessie and Miss Abbot were disposed to entertain of me.  The fact is, I was a trifle beside myself; or rather out of myself, as the French would say: I was conscious that a moment’s mutiny had already … Continue reading I Resisted

Caped avengers

For the last several months, I've been longing for this tshirt.  From Universal Standard, it is called "The Volga". I dream of owning it, imagining myself .... imagining what? It's an oddity of the tshirt world, a caped tee.  In my mind, my longing for this shirt is tangled with my anger, my fury, really, … Continue reading Caped avengers

Get angry, not “nonchalant”

I, a middle-aged middle-western middle-class-income gal can indeed be snooty enough to say, "Not Impressed" by the Isabel Marant collection at Nordstrom. In fashion spreads I've goggled over the 'coolness' of the Isabel Marant clothes that show up, especially on actresses who slouch about on chaises and sofas looking like they don't really care about … Continue reading Get angry, not “nonchalant”

Cold-Shoulder Warriors

On October 17, 2017, Reese Witherspoon spoke at the Elle Magazine's Women in Hollywood event, and she explained that she, like so many stars in Hollywood and women in the larger world, was sexually assaulted -- for her, as a young teen girl. Ms. Witherspoon is best known for her 2001 role as Elle Woods … Continue reading Cold-Shoulder Warriors