Writing in the Twilight Zone at #RB4U


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Blog Action Day ~ Inequality #BAD2014


Facebookinstagramsocialtile2Greetings and welcome to my blog for this
Blog Action Day 2014.

My name is Rose Anderson and I’m a romance novelist.  But my writing doesn’t stop there. My penchant for storytelling takes me across many genres, including children’s literature and historical non-fiction.  I also blog a variety of thoughts each week. I consider myself to be a voracious learner — a dilettante in the truest sense of the word.


This year’s Blog Action Day is about inequality.

That’s a hard one. As I long considered today’s post, I found nailing it down to one facet of inequality is tricky. Just turn on the day’s news and get an earful. Inequality is all over and wears many faces.

Ameican-Income-Inequality-600x425Oh sure, I could go on about economic inequalities in the USA. I could mention the powers behind the scenes who buy our government officials so laws could have their teeth pulled that nothing stand in the way of  the wealthiest acquiring more wealth — not the health of the planet, not the education of our youth, not the care of our sick and elderly, or myriad other things that make a society healthy and strong. Or, I could blog about the unequal global wealth  disparity that distills down to 2% of the population owning more than half of all the wealth in the world. More

thlI could talk about the full array of social inequalities. Now there’s an umbrella term. Under our gigantic umbrella sits racial inequality with all the prejudice, oppression, and stereotyping that goes with it hand in hand. Not to be outdone, ethnic and ideological differences have been topped off with an unhealthy dose of xenophobia. Thanks, in part, to media such as FOX News. Curiously, were we to examine the whys and wherefores of hyping our differences rather than our similarities, they’d lead back to the few at the top of the food chain mentioned above. In other words, the people behind FOX (and  other News Corp fomenters), don’t stir the race/ethnic pot for nothing.

I could talk about marriage inequality. My personal belief says I thkdon’t have the right to tell another person who they may love. How heartless are we as a society that we would deny someone the opportunity to say goodbye to a loved one as they pass away? This precious final moment is to be denied because the people are the c01d9f4d9a745a8cf2d366b7b050e4e5same gender? How cruel are we as a society that we would rather see children without a loving family to care for them simply because our offended personal code finds fault with a child having two fathers or two mothers?


I could talk about resource inequality. There are places around the world without food and water and hope. There are also opportunity inequalities such as adequate education and health services.  See what I mean? Inequality comes in all shapes and sizes. Still, I had to pick one…

topimg_24648_gender_inequality_600x400Gender inequality

The first-world issues of American women are tiny compared to the tragic issues I’m about to mention here. Around the world there are terrible things that women and girls endure, and each one is more heartbreaking than the last. My post today is just about what I see in my own backyard.

First off, I’m lucky to have been born in America. I could have been an eight year old girl about to have a wedding night with a man five times my age. I could have acid thrown in my face or been set on fire for saying no to a man’s advances. I could be raped and then honor killed by my family for my shame. I could have been the newborn left to die on the side of the road because I was born female. I could have my genitals mutilated. I could be sold as a slave. I could be collected. I could be beaten with a hose or caned for going out without a male family member or for other offenses like driving a car, reading a book, showing my hair, my wrists, my ankles, or uncovering my face. I could be shot in the head for wanting an education. And this list goes painfully on and on. My heart aches for those mothers and sisters around the world waiting for help or waiting to die. Yes, I am a fortunate female, as are my daughter, my female friends, and female family members.  

Rosie-the-RiveterSo many women work outside the home today, it’s hard to imagine a time when this wasn’t the norm.  Prior to WWII, women’s work generally revolved around housework, the family, and child-rearing. Women supported the country and kept the wheels of industry turning while their men were off to war.  They became the Rosies with cuffs rolled back and cool confidence written on their faces. By necessity, on farms and in cities, women stepped up to keep the country running, and by doing so stepped outside centuries of long-established gender roles. When the war ended and weary warriors came home to their jobs and families, it was time for women to return to their places. But things were different now. Those tough and often dangerous jobs declared to the world that a woman’s abilities were equal to a man’s. Remember, just 25 years before, the suffragettes fought  for full rights of citizenship by seeking the vote. Change came slowly. But more was coming.

As a middle-aged woman, I came into this world nearly 40 years after the 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote. Mine is the last generation wholly formed by centuries of gender specific roles. We’re the TV generation who grew up on programing and commercials geared to remind us that, yes, we built those Jeeps and bombers, but we were no longer needed for that work. It was now time to bake cookies. 

Mine was the generation of new advocates. We picked sexist ads1024up the torch left by the suffragettes and we were determined to bring equality and fairness to the table. We took the Equal Rights Amendment of 1923 (a.k.a. the ERA) and continue to fight for equal rights for all women under the law. Since 1982, every Congress sees it across their desks. Unbelievably, the ERA has yet to be ratified.  To be added to the Constitution it needs 38 states saying yes, women deserve to be treated as the equals they are. To date, fifteen states prevent this from happening. I’m left to wonder why.

It saddens me that so many young women are ambivalent when it comes to their standing in society and in the world. Now more than ever, young women need to be aware. They need to step up. I won’t linger on the politics that deny women the same rights for self-governance that men have. I won’t linger on glass ceilings. Instead I’ll mention the many negative things against women  that bombard our society every single day. Our women and girls are told they are less and this message is reinforced across every imaginable channel. You can’t be smart. You’re a bimbo. You can’t be sexual. You’re a prude. You can’t have opinions. You’re bossy, or worse, a man-hater. You can’t disagree. You must have PMS. You can’t enjoy physical activities. You’re a dyke.  You can’t be competent in your job. You’re a ball-buster or a chick with a d-ck. You can’t even protest the fact birth control is inexplicably not covered by your insurance when Viagra is, because some self-aggrandizing slob on the radio is going to call you a slut for weeks. Worse, the opinion that victims of rape just dressed wrong, made eye contact, smiled uncomfortably at a cat call or wolf whistle, and somehow asked for what they got. But worse than that are the politicians who say just lay back and enjoy it. Enjoy it! Gah that makes me furious.

pontiac adpontiacadThis second-class standing women have creeps into our lives from every corner. We see it as the sexualization of little girls through mature clothing styles and sexy tot beauty pageants where mothers parade their daughters as strippers or pole dancers. We see it as self-help and diet books that reenforce women need to be better rather than just ourselves. We see it in the botox-frozen faces of TV and movie stars because they’re told by a superficial society that there’s nothing worse than an old woman. We see sex selling everything from coffee to cars to chainsaws. More. We see it in popular young adult fiction hyping the manipulation of women or fostering the idea that we are nothing at all without him. We hear it during election campaigns when the woman candidate’s appearance is either praised, questioned, or maligned. We hear it coming from the mouths of our men and boys when their worst insults are female-oriented jabs  of  p-words, c-words, and douche. Insults that go well beyond the “you throw like a girl” and “sissy” of yesterday. What have we made our young men? Take a closer look. They have similar issues foisted on them.

When taken as a whole and really looked at, all of this is staggering. What’s happening to our society that half the population is derided and objectified? Why have we gone to this place that’s uncomfortable and at the least insulting? Was all of it really just clever marketing to sell products and now we reap what we’ve sown? I suspect yes. But that pernicious monster is out of the box and what will it take to feed it next?

Very recently I came upon the new generation of women picking up the torch for gender equality. Here are three worth listening to. With the three of them steering the future, I know good things will come.

This inspiring young actor gave a brave speech. Would you believe she was viciously attacked in social media for it? I ask you, what was it she said that warranted that
response?

Malala Yousafzai 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Madison Kimrey – 13-years old. Watch for this amazing girl. She’s going places. My guess? Politics.

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How the Media Failed Women in 2013
(In my opinion this just touches upon the issues, but when all lined up in a row, it illustrates what I’ve been talking about)

The Representation Project: Rewrite the Story (I recommend ALL the videos)

Gender inequality affects everyone. It’s time for everyone to get involved and end it. We owe this to our future.
http://www.heforshe.org/

Follow the progress or lack thereof. Write letters to your representatives and ask them why not?
http://equalrightsamendment.org/

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The Big Sit


tnhThere’s a fun thing happening all around the world tomorrow — The Big Sit.

What is that exactly? It’s an annual bird count (bird census) event. It’s my understanding the Big Sit was started by the New Haven Bird Club in Connecticut.
The New Haven Bird Club began in 1907 but I don’t know how long this event has been going on. All I know it’s an annual event for many years now.

This time of year a lot of birds are migrating so we all get to see species we wouldn’t normally see passing through our area. I’ve taken part in winter bird counts before and they involved driving and spotting. The Big Sit is different in that it’s a stationary observation. You designate a 17-foot diameter circle on the ground either  literally (with string, chalk, hose, etc) or as an imaginary circle. And that’s where you sit. The event runs from midnight to midnight and you jot down all the birds you can identify by sight or sound in a 24-hour period.

When thou seest an eagle, thou seest a portion of genius; lift up thy head!
~William Blake

We have a Big Sit happening here tomorrow. I wonder how many birds will show up? Bird watching is a popular hobby in my area because of the diverse habitat.  Oh so many odd sparrows and confusing fall warblers now. I’m forever asking my husband to identify these autumn visitors. A veteran of many bird inventories, he can identify them by flight and song and well as ID them by sight. We have friends who are even better at it.

Want to get involved? Gather your friends and family together. Bring a pad of paper and a pen, binoculars or spotting scope if you have them, a bird guide, and comfy clothing that makes sense for the weather in your area, and comfortable chairs. Don’t forget water. This 24 stint can be done in shifts so you can do things like eat or go answer another call of nature.  :)

tnhOfficial details.
http://www.newhavenbirdclub.com/events/the-big-sit/

You can resister here. It’s free.
http://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/bwdsite/connect/bigsit/register.php?sc=hom_accordion

Last year’s Big Sit in Houston.
http://youtu.be/He9nLcQFPRI

Here’s a list of the best bird guides for identifying birds.
http://www.birdwatching-bliss.com/bird-field-guides.html

I’ve kept a life list for years (a list of birds I’ve seen in my lifetime). Here’s a printable one to get you started.
Printable Life List

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Blame it on the Bovine


thWe did go out pre-dawn this morning to watch the full lunar eclipse with the selenelion (see yesterday’s post). It was grand to see the eclipse while the sun rose directly across from the moon. The blood moon all but disappeared against the pale morning sky. By the time the sun broke the horizon line, the moon was just a sliver above the tree tops. And it was cold. :D

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If you’ve been to my blog before, you know I often mention growing up in Chicago. I haven’t lived there in nearly 34 years but I do enjoy returning now and then. The diverse city is filled with wonders: world-class museums, renown zoos, and all sorts of theater. There are also beloved sports teams, outstanding architecture, and giants in trade and commerce. It also has prohibition gangsters, a baseball curse, Chicago-style hotdogs and pizza, and its own jazz. The city has always been noteworthy.  ;)

Before 1833, Chicago was a land occupied by several native populations. The European encroachment saw a trading post and a fort built there. This was prime real estate with access to major river ways and lakes. Approximately ten years later, Chicago was a very important railway and waterway hub and goods and livestock came and went. From the north woods came lumber. By 1848 the Illinois and Michigan Canal connected the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River. From there an easy paddle boat to the Gulf of Mexico where goods from all over the world were sent back upstream. Needless to say, with all that business happening, Chicago grew quickly. And it was mostly made of wood.

Before I married, I worked at the Chicago Historical Society just to take it all in. The city has rich history and so does the land it sits on.  The scope and breadth of which I’ll leave for future posts.  :)

The reason I’m talking about Chicago today is because October 8th is the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire.

There was a rather intense drought that summer in 1871. Records say from July to early October, less than three inches of rain had fallen. The small district firehouses were kept busy stomping out small blazes here and there. The dry wind didn’t help. On October 7th, a blaze took off and the firehouses were called to put it out. It was a grueling endeavor but the city was saved from a major disaster. The following day, they were simply too exhausted for what was to come.

thAs the story goes, a fire began in a barn owned by the O’Leary family. The culprit — the cow.  She is said to have kicked over the lantern at milking time.

However it began, fueled by drought and high winds, the blaze was completely out of control by the time the tired firemen came. It rampaged northward destroying three and a half square miles of the city. People took refuge as best they could by boat or by standing in the waters of Lake Michigan as the flames lit the sky. The city burned for 36 hours and would have likely kept going had not rain came on October 10th. In the end, more than 18,000 structures were destroyed, and a full third of Chicago’s 300,000 residents lost their homes. Some people were never found and it’s said at least 300 perished.

An outpouring of charity dollars came in from around the world and Chicago rebuilt itself bigger that ever. It was also better planned. The new Chicago was built with parks, tree plantings, and other amenities, and lots and lots of bricks. The world would see it in all its glory in the World’s Fair Colombian Exposition of 1893. You can read my post on the Colombian Exposition and the White City for more details on that.  Just scan the tag cloud to the right to find either tag and it’ll take you to that post.  :)

Here’s a interesting clip. If you don’t see the video here, follow to the PBS site to watch.

http://video.pbs.org/viralplayer/2149056878

More~
The Exoneration of Mrs. O’Leary’s cow

Here’s an excellent site for all the details
http://www.greatchicagofire.org/

Here’s another with pictures
http://www.chicagohistory.org/history/fire.html

What the insurance companies of that era thought about it all (audio)
https://librivox.org/great-chicago-fire-by-charles-cole-hine/

The very same day a fire broke out in Peshtigo, Wisconsin. More than 1,200 people perished. Here’s a news clip with a recap.

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Now you see it. Now you don’t


acornEvery time I think I’ll be able to finish my thought on acorns, some time-sensitive thing worth mentioning pops up. There are a few of those this week so once again I’m setting the acorns aside. One of these days I’ll surprise you with it. It is truly fascinating and just may fill in a few blanks you’ve always wondered about. There, that’s cryptic enough.  ;)

thIn case you don’t yet know or have yet to read the news, tomorrow’s lunar eclipse is unusual for a few reasons. I thought to blog about it tomorrow. The thing is, were I to inspire you to go watch the eclipse, by the time I posted here it would be over. Hence the topic change today.

So how is it unusual?

First off an eclipse is also a syzygy. Here’s the definition:
an alignment of three celestial objects, as the sun, the earth, and either the moon or a planet (from Latin and Greek meaning yoked together)

Secondly, it’s a Blood Moon. This total lunar eclipse earns that grisly name by the fact it turns a deep red when the moon passes into the earth’s shadow. Here’s a great explanation by NASA.

And lastly, this event is also a selenelion. For some people in North America, tomorrow morning will not only show a blood red moon in the western sky, they will see the sun rise in the east. Both will be visible at the same time exactly 180 degrees apart in the sky. It’s interesting to note that celestial geometry says this is impossible. The earth is in the way. The reason we can see something that is mathematically impossible is actually pretty cool.

Our earth’s atmosphere refracts light. Whenever we see the moon and sun rising or setting, we’re really seeing it a few minutes before or after the fact. An optical illusion. This is because the image of the moon and sun are optically bent.  Imagine light coming in through a prism (in lieu of that, picture that Pink Floyd album with the bent rainbow). That’s what’s happening to our view of the sun and moon. The images of both are lifted above the horizon by atmospheric refraction. I’m in the central United States so I’ll be able to see the selenelion tomorrow. A first for me. :D

Here’s another brief explanation from NASA.

More~
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Find the viewing times here. (thanks E!)
http://weather.weatherbug.com/weather-news/weather-reports.html?story=16384&zcode=ZBETAT


NASA explains the Tetrad of eclipses we’re having.

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2014/27mar_tetrad/

Throughout history, eclipses were considered portents of great change. Here’s a nice selection of historic eclipse quotes. Some speak of the changes in battle and crown tied to such celestial events. http://mreclipse.com/Special/quotes3.html

The first thing that always comes to mind when I think of eclipses is Shakespeare.  If you’ve been to my blog before you know I’m a fan of the bard. He wrote eclipses as metaphor and added them to many of his works because they were harbingers of change. There’s a reason he did. In his time there were a few remarkable celestial events that coincided with world change.

Here’s a list of 12 eclipses that heralded other changes.

http://listosaur.com/history/12-famous-eclipses-in-history

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Habits


It always amazes me that we can live all our lives without the technical gadgetry of our time and be just fine. I remember life before our internet, cellphones, and microwaves. My husband and I didn’t even have a TV for the first several years of our marriage. By choice. We managed to exist without these things. But have them then lose them. Unthinkable.

wwwwebThe internet has made me a lazy writer. Once I would have gone for the thesaurus on the shelf. But why bother when I have online access to many thesauri at my fingertips?  Fact check–it’s here. Name dictionary–it’s here. International time zones — it’s here too. My writing life is akin to a new balloon taken from the package and inflated. Even if I let all the air out, that balloon will never be the same size it was when I began. The world of information at my fingertips is my opiate. I’d need at least a week to fully withdraw, and even then I’d lament not having it because I love having a world of information at my fingertips. I would imagine for social media addicts, breaking their online addiction would take even longer.

Where am I going with this? Heck if I know, it’s nearly 6 am.

Oh…here it is…

Internet reception here has been terrible lately with stalls and lost information. That’s why I haven’t blogged much. The first time I lost a full post was the last time I tried. But I now have a rebuilt receiver sitting on top of my barn. We’ll see how that goes.  One shouldn’t be on a first name basis with one’s internet service provider, but we are.

Our ISP man a very nice guy (with a very nice family) who wants his customers to be happy, so he’ll occasionally rush over to climb to the barn roof peak to try to fix things. He’s been up there in pending storms, sleet, and wind. I’ve seen lightning hit that barn’s lightning rods many times over the years (even rare ball lightning), and he works right beside one of the rods. Once in a pending storm filled with thunder and lightning, I went out on the lawn and called up there to ask him to come down. He didn’t. My being online is far less important than him risking his life up there. I was a nervous wreck. But that’s another tale.

Before my internet connection became impossible to work with, I was talking about trees, oak trees specifically.

acornI mentioned last week that one of the trees we planted long ago was mislabeled. It’s a bur oak like the others, but native to the southern United States. Because it’s a different species of bur oak, it has enormous acorns, perhaps three times the size of the other acorns in my yard. I also mentioned I’ve been monitoring these by the day, waiting for them to go from green to brown because I want to bring a few acorns inside for fall decorating. I’ve said before how the acorns are so huge every animal around here wants them. I went looking yesterday and they’re all but gone. Damn. They were just starting to turn brown. My husband found two in the grass when he was mowing but I don’t want those. Like the critters, I want the plump impressive ones.  :)

Tomorrow ~ More on acorns

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Fun day Sunday


funday smileIf you’ve been here before then you know Sundays on my blog are all about wonder and smiles. In honor of mentally kicking back once in a while, Sundays are Fun Days! Each Sunday, visitors will find a fun, interesting, or unusual something here. I’m a nerd with a complex sense of humor and absurd wit. It could literally be anything.

Today I’m sharing an odd bit of concept art by Dutch artist Theo Jansen. The fanciful things are called Strandbeests. I think these otherworldly wind-walkers are pretty remarkable…if not a tad creepy. :D

Check out the artist’s youtube channel for more Strandbeests. They come in all sorts of shapes.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw4BFxLFguznor-MnYNwGTg

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Here’s a cliché for today:
Take a walk on the wild side

 

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My recent projects~

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Tasteful Murders
http://www.amazon.com/Tasteful-Murders-Paul-R-Lancey-ebook/dp/B00NG86P02/

 

Bake, Love, Write: 105 Authors Share indexDessert Recipes and Advice on Love and Writing
In paperback and ebook. The e-version of our cookbook is sold everywhere for 99⊄. See My Other Projects page above for links to various formats.
We’re #2 on Amazon’s Bestseller List!


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The window to be heard is ending soon.
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