Category History

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 […]

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. […]

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…”

Martin Luther King Jr. - Creator of change

Words To Live By: “Darkness Cannot Drive Out Darkness …”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction… The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars – must be broken, or we […]

Book Feature: MAYHEM AT ROCK CREEK by M. L. Poncelet

“… frontier history rugged and real.” Popular books and movies have made the phrase “gold rush” all but synonymous with California and Alaska.  But have you ever heard about the Canadian gold rushes at Fraser Canyon, Cariboo, or Rock Creek ? In 1859, two U.S. soldiers crossed three miles into the then British colonial territory of […]

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

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

Words To Live By: “Eyes Blinded By The Fog Of Things …”

“Eyes blinded by the fog of Things cannot see Truth. Ears deafened by the din of Things cannot hear Truth. Brains bewildered by the whirl of Things cannot think Truth. Hearts deadened by the weight of Things cannot feel Truth. Throats choked by the dust of Things cannot speak Truth.”    ~~ Harold Bell Wright, […]

Words To Live By: “Once You See It …”

“… once you see it,

you can’t unsee it.

And once you’ve seen it,

keeping quiet,

saying nothing…”

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

A Humble Thank You To Women Writers

In honor of Women’s History Month, a humble thank you to the many amazing women writers and the characters they created who inspired my dreams, impacted my life and shaped my future through the use of storytelling.

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 […]

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. And the purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear  for newer and richer experience. You can do […]

The Sisterhood Of The Never Imagined Empowerment NOW T-Shirt

I recently went on a trip to a city I’d never been to before to hear a woman I’d never met in person speak to a group I’d only read about in the news and it prompted me to send my nieces a cartoon t-shirts I’m calling “THE SISTERHOOD OF THE NEVER IMAGINED EMPOWERMENT NOW T-SHIRT”. It […]

Dear Fifth Wave Feminists, We Need You!

In Caitlin Moran’s outrageous, funny and heartbreakingly honest feminist manifesto How to Be a Woman, she calls for a fifth wave (by her count) of feminism to rise up.  Pointing at the statistics that say only 29% of American women and 42% of British women call themselves Feminists, she rails at the anti-feminism sentiment and […]

Sexism Is A Two-Sided Coin

The coin spins. Heads or tails?  Male or Female? It shouldn’t matter.  We are equal sides of the same coin of Life.  There is no his side, without her side.  We are forged together and bonded forever — valuable, compatible and inseparable. Pretending otherwise is a futile exercise because as any coin collector will tell […]

A Day of Honor and Resentment

Memorial Day is a national holiday of picnics and parades. It is also a deeply personal day in remembrance of the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. I am honored and humbled that those who serve feel their country and fellow Americans are worthy of their sacrifices.  Yet wars […]

BTSN Book Feature: PASSAMEZZO by J. E. Mathieson and A. A. Guest

“… rich generational saga … gripping political thriller… brutal cautionary tale” The subtitle “Who is trying to kill the boss of bosses” clues you into its thriller plot and the gangster hat on the cover points you to its Canadian crime family subject. The authors J. E. Mathieson and A. A. Guest describe their riveting, […]

BTSN Book Feature: DIRTY WORDS ON CLEAN SKIN by Anita Finlay

The media dubbed 2008 the year of the woman because of Hillary Clinton’s and Sarah Palin’s historic runs for political office, but it really was the year millions of ordinary women from both parties were “rudely awakened” from their political complacency and found their voice. The backlash we received in response showed us the ugly […]

BTSN Book Feature: ‘Admit The Horse’ by P. G. Abeles

Admit The Horse is a fictionalized telling of the 2008 primary and general election. Not the myths developed and created by the political gods and marketed 24/7 by mass media. But the back story of ordinary citizens engaged in a historic election and participating in ways they never dreamed possible. Each person discovers or holds the […]

Is It 2012 or 1812?

Regardless of what side of the religious/contraception insurance/abortion debate you are on, you have to admit it is rather odd that in 2012 when women are educated participants in every field imaginable, that our government… and the media… __ would think that only men were qualified to discuss the merits of these issues that are so intimately […]

~ It’s Time For Women to Play the Leadership Card

When Suffragettes demanded our right to vote, to own property, to earn a living, to get an education, to live independently, and to control our financial security women were told that the power to control these rights should reside with those who had the physical power to fight for those rights — men. When Feminists, […]

~ Who is Defending the Honor of the “Political Marketplace”?

In its 2010 “Citizens United” decision, the US Supreme Courts held that:  Political spending is a form of protected speech under the First Amendment, and the government may not keep corporations or unions from spending money to support or denounce individual candidates in elections.  While corporations or unions may not give money directly to campaigns, […]

~ More Wild West Show Than Presidential Horse Race

The MSM likes to depict any election as a horse race, but the more I watch the 2012 presidential nomination process and particularly the debates, the more it feels like I’m watching the waning days of a Wild West Show. See what you think… Posters have been up all over town for weeks, but budgets […]