Will 2018 be the beginning of the end of oppression of women?

I am a feminist and not being a feminist is a sign of ignorance. I love men and there are a lot of good ones out there. I'm married to one. My friends' husbands are good ones—in fact, the majority of men are good ones. But the bad ones are now being exposed for the scum they are. Predators are dropping like flies. Stephen Colbert recently joked that he'll soon be the only man left on television—keeping our fingers crossed that he's earned that privilege, as I like Stephen Colbert.…

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Gone With Wind – Russian-style

The further I got into The Revolution of Marina M. by Janet Fitch, the more parallels I saw with Margaret Mitchell's Gone With The Wind, but in set Russia instead of the American south. Political strife: Russian Revolution/American Civil War Unsympathetic main character: Marina Makarova/Scarlett O'Hara Misplaced love: Kolya Shurov/Ashley Wilkes Destruction of a city: Petrograd (St. Petersburg)/Atlanta Loyal family servant: Avdokia/Mammy Homestead: Furshtatskaya Street/Tara Stripping of social status: Marinkov family/Scarlett O'Hara Starvation, deprivation, corruption, civil war, dying on a major scale, rebirth, and the list goes on. Has there…

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Dear Santa: All I want for Christmas this year is . . .

For the most part I've been a very good girl this year, more nice than naughty and I've generally tried to be a better person throughout the year. By Santa standards that should qualify me for plenty of loot under the Christmas tree but the truth is I don't want or need a single thing. I'm incredibly lucky and the happiest I've ever been in my life. This was not always the case. In fact, it's the bumps in the road of life that make us truly appreciate the good…

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My Christmas bonus this year? No decorations

There's no rational explanation for why I hate putting up Christmas decorations. Growing up in the fifties and sixties, Christmas was everything we boomers have come to identify with the perfect Christmas. Red and green crepe paper streamers were twisted diagonally across our diningroom ceiling, anchored by a red tissue paper bell hanging from the light fixture. We always had a 'real' tree that filled the livingroom with wonderful spruce or pine fragrance. Single-candle wreaths glowed in our windows  at night and huge, noisy family Christmas dinners were, well, you…

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The Girl With Seven Names had nine lives

If someone on your Christmas list enjoys books, I have a great recommendation and it's not too late to have it delivered from Amazon. The Girl With Seven Names is the true story of how a young woman, with no foresight or planning escaped North Korea and became an international advocate for human rights. The book is a beautifully written, first-hand account of life for the average person in North Korea by someone who later came to experience the world beyond the Kim Jong autocracy. During her escape and resettlement,…

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Are baby boomer women becoming less invisible?

Is it a mirage or are we gaining ground? The October issue of Italian Vogue, The Timeless Issue was dedicated to 'mature' women and featured Lauren Hutton on the cover. I was hoping to share some of their wisdom and bounty with Boomerbroadcast readers but I tried everywhere and couldn't score a copy so we'll just have to take their word for it. The good news is that when I was in Chapters/Indigo in October I did spot the British magazine woman&home (which sounds rather mumsie but is actually refreshingly…

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