Book Review: “Red Curtains” by Leanna Sain

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In her introduction, Leanna Sain advises her readers to “Get ready to enjoy [their] first bowl of GRITS.” Not “… stone-ground dried hominy … I’m referring to the acronym for Girls-Raised-in-the-South … main characters who are strong, creative, successful Southern …

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Dyke Culture and the Disappearing L

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| By Bonnie J. Morris (Diana Davies via the Digital Public Library of America) | My generation of lesbian activists, who honed our identity politics and confronted racism and classism in the spaces of women’s music events and women’s bookstores, …

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Book Review: “When Things Fall Apart” by Pema Chödrön

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| Reviewed by Patricia Furnish | It’s a pleasure to write about a woman like Pema Chödrön who has had such a profound effect on people around the world. When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times was first …

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Book Review: “In the Darkroom” by Susan Faludi

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| Reviewed by Patricia Furnish | Susan Faludi thought she was searching for answers from her father. She had specific questions about specific events related to her own childhood, her parents’ divorce, her father’s choices and her father’s secrets. Faludi …

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Words By Women: “Seasons of Letting Go” by Frances Figart

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“When are you going to write a book?” has been an oft-asked question throughout my life. Although I have always focused on language, I never really gave the question much thought. My flip answers ranged from “probably never” to “when …

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Poetry: Church on the Hill

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| By Nellie Mooney | This little wooden church built on a hill it was a man’s dream, but it was God’s will. it came about many years ago The slaves had a dream But no place to go. They …

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Book Review: “Crazy” by Linda Vigen Phillips

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By 1963, the year Crazy opens, “crazy” women were no longer committed to mental asylums and forgotten, but the stigma remained. (Until terms such as “mental illness” and “bipolar” emerged in the late sixties, “crazy” included all forms of mental …

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Poetry: “Garlic Moons”

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| By Teegan C | Summer begins with lettuce seeds strewn:          hopeful       bent around a belly. ~ Later, when the persimmon tree has grown heavy,    has dropped her hot coals to smolder; When the stones have been spit, stepped on …

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Coloring: It’s Not Just for Kids Anymore!

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| By Saralyn Collins (Images from Adventures in Form: Mandalas & More) | Coloring is an activity we usually associate with kids. When a friend and colleague showed me the ‘adult coloring book’ that she and her husband had created …

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Poetry: “Abundance”

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| By Martha O. Adams | This unique dawn breaks into tangerine peels scattered on night’s indigo platter;

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Poetry: “Lexington Ave. 8/30/16”

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| By Mary Stewart | Belching buses, engines gasping surfing rhythms of combustion Fire engines crashing cymbals

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Poetry: “Giving Thanks”

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| By Martha O. Adams | What is given in a ten second pause before the launch of fork and knife

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Book Review: “The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II” by Denise Kiernan

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Despite Rosie the Riveter’s best efforts during World War II to laud women replacing men in industrial jobs, their peers in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, received no tribute. Not because Rosie errored, but because the Clinton Engineer Works’ (CEW) purpose was …

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Book Review: “Red Mansions” by Cynthia Drew

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Cynthia Drew published City of Slaughter, her first novel, in 2013 (WNC Woman review in April). Her compelling story is set in Manhattan’s garment industry in the early 1900s. Carsie Akselrod, the protagonist, guides readers from a rural Russian shtetl …

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