Life as a Woman

Books I’ve Read in May

I began the month reading about women spies; Josephine Baker’s Last Dance by Sherry Jones. Ms. Baker was a Civil Rights activist, a singer, a dancer, part of the French Resistance in WWII, and the first Black woman be the star of a film. Sherry Jones tells her story well, especially the heartbreak of Josephine […]

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Life as a Woman

2 Days to Rest

Flowers from my walk this evening. I needed a break from a challenging day. Today was e-school. Eagle now has a hybrid of in-person and distance learning. The next two days they’ll be at school, which they love. Thank goodness. Any readers know the names of the flowering plants above? How are you this week? […]

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history, Life as a Woman

Oakland, CA 1852–2022: Mills College

Dear Mills College, I’m sad to see you close after 170 years. Attending classes on your campus with a diverse group of women from all over the world my first year of college was important in how I see the world and how I see myself. I’ve written four drafts of a farewell to you, […]

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Life as a Woman, writing

Poem to Celebrate Mom

This is one of the few years since I’ve moved back to the Midwest that I haven’t spent part of Mothers’ Day weekend with my Mom. The last fifteen years she and I, or the two of us and her Madison grandchild, have sowed our vegetable garden the second Sunday in May. Felt odd to […]

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