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Celebrating Family, Friends, Fun & All The Craziness

Below The Salt News will be under construction during this holiday time, but we want to wish you and yours a wonderful celebration of family, friends, fun and all the holiday craziness! Merry Christmas  and   Happy New year!

Could Appointing Women CEOs Be A Win?

~ Listen to an excerpt of The Jerry Doyle Show as radio talk show host Jerry Doyle and his guest Anita Finlay engage in a lively battle of the sexes while discussing — Mary Barra, the stats to back women CEOs, The Ellen Show, inclusion and solutions vs shopping confirmation bias, women drivers and more … ~ Just […]

The Inspiration of Nelson Mandela

As the world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela, I would like to take a moment to reflect on some of his inspiring words: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ~ “As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I […]

This Guy — Sir Nicholas Winton, Hero!

(Happy Thanksgiving and Chanukah!) I have come to almost detest the word hero these days. I think it’s overused and it’s used incorrectly. We have a funny idea in this country about what makes a person a “hero.” We have a weird obsession in this country with athletes and movie stars. We call pro-football players […]

Magnificent, Courageous “Batkid” Reminds of the Joys of Giving and Thanksgiving

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard the touching, beautiful story of five-year old Miles Scott, in remission after a three-year battle with Leukemia.  Given his love of Batman and all thing superhero, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and 13,000 San Francisco ‘volunteers’ showed up to help make his crime fighting dreams a reality.  Here he is getting the keys […]

Honoring Grit And Not Just The Gritty

Too often we seem to revel in the gritty and forget to honor our grit, but we shouldn’t. When I was young, an uncle came to live with us while getting back on his feet after a stint in the army.  He was a returned veteran of the Vietnam war — young, handsome and little wild.  James […]

Veteran’s Day Needs To Include Women Leaders In War

“Nancy Wake, “the White Mouse” and the most decorated woman of the 1939-45 war, disliked people messing around with her life story.  Small wonder.  It was an extraordinary story and an extraordinary life.” So wrote John Litchfeld in his tribute to Ms. Wake in The Independent, Resistance heroine who led 7,000 men against the Nazis: Ms. […]

Words To Create By: “The more you Learn …”

“The more you learn, the more you have a framework for that knowledge to fit into.” Bill Gates, 60 minutes interview ~~~ William Henry Gates III (1955 – ) Co-founder of Microsoft Father, husband, programmer, inventor, investor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, billionaire

Becoming Barbie — In Just 37 Seconds

Laura Willard posted a great video on Upworthy that has since gone viral, entitled See Why We Have An Absolutely Ridiculous Standard Of Beauty In Just 37 Seconds… This is the best example I’ve seen of the destructive power of the endless “Barbie-izing” of women and girls. Both sexes get an exaggerated and unrealistic vision of what women look like. […]

#BraveGirlsWant — Support for The Brave Girls Alliance!

By Anita Finlay:  The Brave Girls Alliance is a magnificent group of women of all ages working to take back mainstream media and show young girls just how fabulous they already are.  Airbrushed, hyper-sexualized images need not apply, thanks.  Having made a small contribution to this cause, I was surprised to see my tweet wind up on a 25-foot billboard in NYC’s […]

The Ubiquitous Bike: Still A Creative Force?

In our high tech age, it is easy to overlook the creative force and impact of something as common and ordinary as a bicycle. After all, the bicycle (as shown below) is nearly 200 years old and has been a staple of just about every nation and community for more than a hundred of those years.  Yet […]

Honoring Creativity: A Special “Giving” Ad

I love to honor those who create and it is exactly because the process of creating is ordinary  and we are all creators on a daily basis (we just don’t give ourselves credit for it) that I find it so worthy of celebration.  Of course that doesn’t mean the process of creativity or individual creators […]

Kim Kardashian, Big Media and the Infantilization of America

After giving a speech on the effects of media bias (a light topic, I know!), a student asked, “How is anyone going to hear your message when they are obsessed with the Kardashians?”  I pulled a scientific sounding response out of my…er …left ear, but I suspect her question was better than my answer. Dr. Michael […]

BlogHer — Creating A Future History of Now

I often wonder what the future will be like when the history of now — enriched by the perspective of women (more than half of the world population) and the amazing diversity of cultural subsets in our society — is finally read. Will the media and our social interactions still be obsessively focused on power, profits, sex, […]

Words To Live By: An Unquenchable Spirit of Adventure…

“There is no experience from which you can’t learn something. When you stop learning you stop living in any vital and meaningful sense…”

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Antoinette Tuff Super Human

Superman, Clark Kent, has nothing on Super Human Antoinette Tuff. It’s easy to have courage in the face of unimaginable danger when you have super human strength, speed and leaping abilities.  It’s easy to put your life on the line for the good of humanity when your body is indestructible.   It’s easy to be […]

Words To Live By: “Let There Be Justice For All …”

Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all. Let each know that for each the body, the mind and the soul have been freed to fulfill themselves. ~~ NELSON MANDELA, speech, May 10, 1994 

Words to Live By: “It Is Not Enough To Understand …”

It is not enough to understand, or to see clearly. The future will be shaped in the arena of human activity, by those willing to commit their minds and their bodies to the task. ~~ Robert Kennedy

A Girl’s New Best Friend — A Many Faceted Network!

When I was growing up it was universally proclaimed that a girl’s best friend was (wait for it) — a DIAMOND! As Marilyn Monroe told us in the song “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” diamonds were suppose to be a girl’s investment in her future.  Her lifetime ace in the hole.  Her go to, if and […]

BTSN Book Feature: A GAME OF PROOF by Tim Vicary

“Gripping moral dilemmas in a top-notch crime/legal thriller.” Whether British or American, we like to think of our laws and our legal system as the bright moral lines in the sand of our respective communities.  Those clear points where we’ve collectively agreed thou shalt not cross.  Sure we know no institution is perfect, nor the […]

In Remembrance

 … Rest, comrades, rest and sleep! The thoughts of men shall be As sentinels to keep Your rest from danger free. Your silent tents of green We deck with fragrant flowers Yours has the suffering been, The memory shall be ours. — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, from Decoration Day poem

Of Mothers and Journeys

One year ago, I became a published author. DIRTY WORDS ON CLEAN SKIN detailed my journey from fearful news junkie to outspoken activist.  The disturbing parallels between my own mother’s life and the misogynistic media treatment of Hillary Clinton and other politically inconvenient women in 2008 motivated me to take action.  Notwithstanding the teeth gnashing involved […]

What About West, Texas?

My heart breaks for the community of West, Texas. While the media endlessly looped their limited information on the manhunt of the remaining Boston Bombing suspect to the exclusion of all else on Friday,  I kept thinking — what about the explosion in West, Texas? What’s happening there? How is that small rural town coping […]

Gratitude to First Responders & Courageous Bystanders

To the first responders who ran toward danger without a thought for their own safety, to bystanders and neighbors who dropped everything to help, tearing off clothing to make tourniquets, to offer food and open their homes to strangers, and to the exhausted marathoners who just kept running straight to the hospital to donate blood […]

For The Joy of Animals: Hummie Cam (Baby Hummies Soon)

Spring is in the air and I’ve been celebrating the season of renewal by going over to Melissa Crytzer Fry’s What I Saw… blog and watching her Hummie Cam.  She set a camera up to record the hummingbird nest in her breezeway. Melissa graciously allowed me to share a couple of awesome images her Hummie Cam […]

Words To Live By: “The Secret of Change …”

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” ~~ Socrates

Words To Live By: “The Duty of Criticism”

“The duty of criticism is neither to depreciate nor dignify by partial representations, but to hold out the light of reason, whatever it may discover; and to promulgate the determinations of truth, whatever she shall dictate.” ~~ Samuel Johnson, The Rambler #93, February 5, 1751

Join One Billion Rising to “Break the Chain”

Join a global flash mob on Valentine’s Day and dance to “BREAK THE CHAIN” to end violence against women.   “202 countries and territories are participating–nearly every country on the planet” Who: Women, Children — and Men What: Global Flash Mob (Dance) to “Break the Chain” (video below) When: 1:00pm Thursday, Febuary 14th (not all flash mobs […]