I watched as Cheryl went from person to person like a hummingbird gathering nectar, engaging people as though she were truly interested in them– and I’m sure she was. She told me that she asked so many questions of her mother’s friends and house guests when she was young that her mother gave her a limit of how many questions she could ask each person. What were the types of questions she asked? “Who do you love? Why do you love them?” All questions of the interior life. Imagine a five year-old engaging you in such a conversation.
Alma mater, translated from Latin, means “foster mother.” My alma mater, Rollins College, was established on November 4, 1885. One hundred and five years later, the first female president was sworn in– as the […]
At a reception a couple of years ago, I had the good fortune to be introduced to Gloria Steinem. I held back tears of awe. (The tears were also borne of peri-menopausal hormones.) All […]
When I read this article by Rachel Edidin on Wired, I knew I had to share. In “The Art of Asking Why We Hate Amanda Palmer,” Edidin boils it right down: Amanda […]
When sisters sit together, they always praise their brothers. When brothers sit together, they sell their sisters to others. – – – I’ll make a tattoo from my lover’s blood and shame […]
This month, we Sirens are devoting ourselves to some of our best-loved words. As you will see, I don’t always go with the grain, but this rant does turn to praise. “Mindful” […]
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by Suzannah Gilman There is an art to writing letters. There is a darker art to writing Christmas letters. To write Christmas letters, one must first possess an inflated sense of […]
Trigger Warning: Rape/Sexual Assault The stereotypical image of ‘real’ rape? “[T]he crime consists of a forcible attack, perpetrated by a male stranger on a female victim who has not been drinking or […]
by Suzannah Gilman No, I can’t pass judgment on what happened in that situation, but I can be glad for the revival of the noise. Sadly, the allegations of sexual abuse at […]