Grandmas’ Wisdom Worth Lots

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Grandmas have generally outgrown trying to impress their pals and peers.  They often ‘tell it like it is’, or at least, speak their minds freely–minds that are vested with many years of experience-gleaned wisdom and invested with hope that the world they’ve endured and added to will be a better place for their children’s children.  At least, that’s what I think Margaret and Helen are trying to do if their blog posts are any proof:

“She mixes religion and politics like I mix gin and tonic but then calls for less government involvement.  Freedom from government is her battle cry until a vagina gets involved and then watch how much involvement she wants.  Show me a woman who is making a private medical decision to end a pregnancy and I’ll show you a Palin screaming for more government involvement.”

  • You can’t deny the right to marry to some and then cheat on your spouse.   The right to happily marry belongs to all no matter how unhappy it makes you.
  • You can’t tolerate the atrocities of one President for eight years and then assign the consequences to one who follows.  From this day forward everything was Reagan’s fault.
  • The Christian Right should be forced to spend a week in Iran.  May the best radicals win.
  • The Real Housewives should actually be housewives.

“No.  It’s called the Fox News Channel.  So someone explain to me where exactly is the news or even the journalists.   Anytime you try to pin someone down over at Fox for irresponsible journalism they claim that they are news commentators and not journalists.  You’re  on a news channel you moron so if you are going to be a commentator then you should be commenting on the news and not your misinformed opinion about the private medical decisions made between a woman and her doctor.”

AND so on… get there now. Enrich yourselves and delight.

“There sleeps Titania sometime of the night,
Lull’d in these flowers with dances and delight;
And there the snake throws her enamell’d skin,
Weed wide enough to wrap a fairy in…”

from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare


A different kind of blog of sorts, more like news format a la Slate or Huffington Post, recently created by poet/writer, Meghan O’Rourke, that’s got it going on is Double X. The contributors are all younger feminists (mostly women), though I don’t know if they would each call themselves such.  Anyway, they’re actively writing daily about issues applicable to both men, women, and children with a progressive “sometimes we don’t know the answers” eye.  Have fun exploring and asserting!



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Amy King is the recipient of the 2015 Winner of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) Award. Her latest collection, The Missing Museum, is a winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. She co-edited with Heidi Lynn Staples the anthology Big Energy Poets of the Anthropocene: When Ecopoets Think Climate Change. She also co-edits the anthology series, Bettering American Poetry, and is a professor of creative writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.

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