It’s not about the dress you wear

...but the life you lead, said Diana Vreeland.  Well, it's been a while since the election and I feel pretty much like wearing this every day -- arming myself for battle, because it sure feels like it's on, mister, it's on. So thanks, Vreeland, it is the life you lead, but it is also about the … Continue reading It’s not about the dress you wear

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Bravery on our minds

Andromeda is, according to the erstwhile wikipedia, "she who has bravery on her mind." In the ancient Greek world, Andromeda needed courage when she is sent as sacrifice to a sea monster, only to be saved by the handsome, strong Prince (son of Zeus) Perseus. Andromeda is most empathically female, the root of the western story … Continue reading Bravery on our minds

Permanent Investment

There's really no gussying it up: In 2016, a year of political disasters and other just plain bad-year stuff, the residents of Flint, Michigan were forced to use filtered or bottled water for drinking, bathing, and cooking. Let's not rehash the crisis here, but it's enough to say that residents were saddled with poisonous, dangerous water through … Continue reading Permanent Investment

Dream and Do

I've been reading the reviews of HBO's The Handmaid's Tale with as much fascination as anyone. This morning I thought about the frenetic pace of work the past few months, and my yearning to just be done with it --  I resent the constant demands on my time. In my fantasies, I float, untethered, above the … Continue reading Dream and Do

Meeting with (an) Angela

Ivanka Trump, of all people and to the great surprise and disbelief of many Germans, especially women -- is representing the United States at the G20 Women's Summit (Women20). For many German women, themselves in a nation with a high socioeconomic mobility factor and relatively strict laws governing gender and sex discrimination, Ivanka symbolizes two outmoded … Continue reading Meeting with (an) Angela

Brilliant Light

Sometimes someone speaks to you from the past and it hurts. I thought I'd write a post about homecoming queens or something, and this photograph of a beautiful woman showed in the google image results, several hits in. Detached from context, it's an image of someone I wanted to know. The openness of the gaze, … Continue reading Brilliant Light

Drawers still empty

So Jared Kushner kind of forgot to disclose his meetings with Russian officials in his application for security clearance. In their story on April 7 about this oversight, the New York Times used this image by Al Drago for the NYTimes.  We see a depiction of a domestic relationship of father- and son-in-law and an … Continue reading Drawers still empty

The Apprentice

In April 2017 the "official" First Lady portrait of Melania Trump was released. Derided by some as an airbrushed, vaseline-lens-soft-focus yearbook-style photograph, the same portrait was lauded as by others as "glamorous". For one thing, many complained, as Hannah Marriott points out in The Guardian, Mrs. Trump looks like a reality show judge, a "depressingly logical" … Continue reading The Apprentice

Suit Up for the Fight

Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Clay in 1942) straightens Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's (born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor in 1947) in this Time Magazine photo from 1967.  They were in Cleveland -- Ali had refused to enter the draft, taking instead an anti-Vietnam War stance. A group of athletes, including young Kareem, met to support his decision. I recently heard … Continue reading Suit Up for the Fight

Soliderettes

Don't worry, said the Washington Daily News  in May 1943. A "Soldierette" was a Land Army Girl, and she did not need to wear overalls -- she could wear a wrap-around skirt and "go feminine for farmhouse work." This gem is nested within a basket of terrific details in the online article, "To the Rescue … Continue reading Soliderettes