Wizard World Comic Con features Uhura, Kim Possible, and 'Rookie of the Year'

Wizard World Comic Con features Uhura, Kim Possible, and 'Rookie of the Year'
For 85-year old actress Nichelle Nichols, who played Lieutenant (later Commander) Uhura in the iconic, original Star Trek TV series (1966-69) and in the ‘Star Trek’ movies, guesting at the 20th Anniversary Wizard World Comic Con at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont on August 23-26 is “coming home.” Nichols grew up in... Read more »

Happy Equal Pay Day...and many, many more, says President Trump

Happy Equal Pay Day, everyone! From my daughter and me… According to 2015 statistics from the US Census Bureau, the (Caucasian) female-to-male earnings ratio was 0.80, and significantly less than that for Hispanic and African-American women. Eighty cents or less for every dollar a man makes. Let that sink in. According to the US Census... Read more »

Where's the 'One Shining Moment' for the NCAA's Women?

Where's the 'One Shining Moment' for the NCAA's Women?
NCAA’s annual March Madness is history for 2018. Immortalizing it every year is a tradition. CBS Sports produces a final montage of the greatest moments of the tournament. You’ll remember everything that happened, thanks to the end montage. Set to David Barrett’s ‘One Shining Moment,’ sung by Ne-Yo since 2016, the music carries the tournament... Read more »
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Feeling the luck of the Irish? Try Proofreading as a new career!

If you love words…give me six hours, and I can give you the tools for a new career. Let’s try a test: What’s wrong with this graphic, and how would you fix it? What about this headline? As these examples clearly illustrate, a good proofreader is often the last line of defense between copy mistakes... Read more »

Parkland wasn't in vain; Solutions for our national gun nightmare

To most logical Americans, the tragedy of senseless killings at a school in Parkland, Florida, was the absolute last straw. At least…you’d think it would be, right? And yet, tone-deaf rhetoric remains. Take, for example what Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) said after a troubled former schoolmate with an AR-15 semiautomatic weapon shot... Read more »

New Year, Want New Career? Try Proofreading!

Give me six hours, and I can give you the tools for a new career. Let’s try a test:  What’s wrong with this graphic, and how would you fix it? What about this headline? As these examples clearly illustrate, a good proofreader is often the last line of defense between copy mistakes and the public... Read more »
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Sexual Harassment...and What I've Learned #MeToo

Sexual Harassment...and What I've Learned #MeToo
sex·u·al ha·rass·ment /ˈsɛkʃ(əw)əl həˈræsmənt/ noun uninvited and unwelcome verbal or physical behavior of a sexual nature especially by a person in authority toward a subordinate (such as an employee or student) Source: Merriam-Webster Dictionary Online The day of reckoning for sexual harassment perpetrators is clearly here. Starting with Bill Cosby, then Fox TV’s Roger Ailes,... Read more »

A feminist's complicated take on Hugh Hefner and Playboy

The death of Hugh Hefner, at 91, gave me pause to consider his legacy. Was Hefner a beacon of freedom for the first wave of women’s liberation fighters, urging them to break free of societal norms and enjoy their bodies? Was he a purveyor of pornography and narcissism in its most virulent form? Was he... Read more »

Memories of Princess Diana, unvarnished by time

Memories of Princess Diana, unvarnished by time
Where were you when you found out Princess Diana had died in that horrific crash in Paris 20 years ago? I bet you can remember. For me… it was devastating. My ex-husband and I had just returned home from the Cousin Jack’s annual Labor Day party…a full evening with family, friends. and barbecue. It was... Read more »
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IS CONTROVERSY OVER POSING NUDE A THING OF THE PAST?

In another era, the very thought of athletes posing nude, no matter how artfully, would have led to a revolt by parents, the town council and the church. Morals clauses would have been put into effect, and the person posing would have been shunned by ‘decent’ townsfolk.  Today, it seems that a very different era... Read more »