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The Me in the Mirror
The Me in the Mirror
by Connie Panzarino
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reflecting On Where We've Been, November 18, 2015
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I grew up while the ADA was the 'next big thing' and am a heterosexual with invisible disabilities. But I can totally relate to Connie Panzarino's autobiography. It is so well-written, moving and intimate. Unlike a lot of temporarily able-bodied feminists, who yearn for the 'good old days' she intentionally tells her audience that there is no best moment,

Yes, she thinks back to her time with one-time boyfriend Ron Kovic. But this is more a coming of age. She discovered herself and what she wanted as a woman with a disability vs being a disabled girl. It made me reflect on how being in college had yes, successfully changed me. Yes, we had ADA and 504, but honestly, it's still a battle when administrators and officials do not know the rules. Or they know the rules and do not want to enforce them. Being told that you do not have civil rights because people do not feel like it is a radicalizing process. It does wake you up and it separates you from your family--who does not have to fight to be heard, to vote....etc. We are 'different.

I found that I could not put this book down. There are obvious discrepancies in technology (owing to the time periods described). But it would be an excellent personal purchase for anybody interested in women and disabilities. It certainly needs to be on the syllabus for a course on women and disabilities.

A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction
A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction
by Stephen Fried
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Family Ties, October 11, 2015
This book is VERY different--and eerily similar. Freed from campaigning, the youngest son of late Senator Ted Kennedy opens up about his personal/family health history. He also talks about the abysmal mental health care system America has.

Personal wealth only shielded hm from some of the worst effects--like having thousands of dollars in unpaid hospital bills. And easily ending up on the street. It did not eliminate/prevent the stigmas experienced when dealing with these conditions. And being silent does not erase or otherwise make medical conditions go away. It does isolate people from accessing support networks.

Our histories are (obviously) not exactly the same. But flipping through a copy. portions of Kennedy's history resonated with my own. Loving my father still does not erase our complicated issues. Or a genetic pattern of alcohol abuse. I had watched my father and brother both go through their struggles, and reassured myself that because they 'held down jobs' they were not alcoholics. I did not realize that this too was a problem, or how deep it ran. And that it created problems for others--such as myself.

Taking care of ourselves (and mental physical health)was the only way I individually could move on. I would make myself sick otherwise.

I am very proud of Patrick Kennedy for having written this book. I realize there are so many other books about his family in libraries and at bookstores. But this one really belongs in collections.

FranklinCovey Classic Wanderlust Daily Ring-bound Planner - Jan 2016 - Dec 2016
FranklinCovey Classic Wanderlust Daily Ring-bound Planner - Jan 2016 - Dec 2016
Offered by FranklinCovey
Price: $49.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Lust After This Planner, September 27, 2015
This is a gender neutral version of their simplicity planner (remember that). Before they got carried away with the pastels....etc it was fairly usable. And then they phased out the binder version altogether. Enough people apparently complained. So they introduced this model. HURRAY!!!

I like it a LOT better. First the colors match my wide lined pages throughout. It does not look like a children's storybook. Secondly, it has tons of writing room. The schedule part is untimed. Lots of room for notes everywhere. This is a definite keeper.

Feminist Figure Girl: Look Hot While You Fight the Patriarchy
Feminist Figure Girl: Look Hot While You Fight the Patriarchy
by Lianne McTavish
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars I Can't Figure This Out, September 27, 2015
Yes, it's good that we're still supposed to fight the patriarchy....but only if we have her idea of the 'right figure'. And we're not going to be real feminists unless we look hot and cute now. This completely misses the whole point of patriarchy--being a object for men. I like being healthy and eating well (never smoke/drink, do not eat most kinds of meat). Instead of exercising primarily to appease others, do it to make yourself happier and healthier. Not only will you have an easier time sticking to whatever workout plan you decide to develop, but you will also feel better about yourself and your body. And loving whatever body shape/size you are supposed to be is an important message for women.

The Crazy Ones: The Complete First Season
The Crazy Ones: The Complete First Season
DVD ~ Robin Williams
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy For This Series, September 10, 2015
When TV was on it's reality show kick--this was such a refreshing break. Williams and Gellar played a father and daughter who ran an offbeat Chicago advertising agency.

Of course Robin Williams can deliver comedy--basic common sense, right. He plays Simon Roberts a divorced ad executive who is good at selling anything even when he takes way too many risks.

I had not been sure about Gellar. But she really pleasantly surprised me throughout the entire series. She plays daughter Sydney Roberts, the strait-laced ad executive. Despite only being in her 30's she acts much older than she really is. Apparently she looks out for her father and his less than profitable business decisions. She is keeping the company afloat.

A stand out episode was Sydney, Australia, where the agency has to come up with a slogan for a demanding client. Meanwhile Sydney (Gellar) has to deal with an annoying ex-co-worker who is obsessed with her and does not know how to take no for an answer. The song is STILL stuck in my head.

"The Intern" is a good laugh at what an internship is like both from the perspective of a company--and the intern. Anybody who has actually done (at least) one understands it is not glamorous. You are strictly bottom rung

Williams was paired up again with his Mork and Mindy co-star Pam Dawber in "Love Sucks". Dawber played his potential romantic interest in a pairing which was widely watched by fans. They still had good on screen chemistry.

I was disappointed that this series got taken off of the air. Yes there are many more networks now and the ratings are much more competitive. But this show had solid writing and a good cast. It was years since I actually laughed at a sitcom.

1600 Penn: The Complete Season 1
1600 Penn: The Complete Season 1
DVD ~ Bill Pullman
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1.0 out of 5 stars This Family Should Be Penned Up, September 1, 2015
Somebody must have physically/legally/emotionally blackmailed Bill Pullman (Independence Day. A League of Their Own) into staring in this train wreck. He's by no means a Hollywood heartthrob. But even he deserves better casting decisions.

The pilot has eldest son Skip Gilchrist (Josh Gad) having been kicked out of college for having started a fire. Being the president's son, he is not sent to prison. But he is also (mysteriously!) not hounded by the media either. Nope!!

Everything is nicely hush-hush in this alternate reality. Skip is free to continue screwing up again and again. And believe me he does.

He gets his next chance when "accidentally" talking about his sister's sexual escapades---and the fact that she has gotten pregnant from her boyfriend. Whoops!! Tact really isn't one of his strong points.

When Skip is not divulging intimate details of his sister's personal life, he is helping unravel Dad's trade agreement and who knows what else related to national security. Without being in school, Skip has plenty of free time to kick around the White House. So he uses it to cause all kinds of trouble for his family and the nation. How on earth is this 'cute' in an adult man?? After just 2 and 1/2 episodes, I wanted him locked up. I'm sure the fictional president certainly could have arranged it. So why on earth did this never happen???

Watching (or trying to watch) at least one of the episodes, you forget that Gad is not only playing the eldest son, but the oldest child. He comes across as an overgrown toddler on an overdose of caffeine and sugar. Not even the Secret Service agents assigned to him can prevent mistakes. He just keeps giving the family stuff to deal with--as if they don't have the world to deal with.

Although the toddler would perhaps be carefully watched. I think this show was deliberately scripted to fail from inception. .

To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar
To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar
DVD ~ Patrick Swayze
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doc West Hollywood, August 29, 2015
Unexpectedly stranded enroute on a cross country trip, three drag queens discover the inhabitants of a small southern town are more than meets the eye.

If you've seen Doc Hollywood, you largely know the base plot for this move. It's a little more edgy of course.

A redneck sheriff becomes proactively determined to wipe out "the freaks" from existence. He's originally was be played for laughs. But against both recent political attacks and heightened concerns about law enforcement conduct, these scenes are quite chilling.

The only person who really cannot pull off this movie is John Leguizamo. Yes, he gives it his best shot. And he shows what people might go through as gender identity develops. But he largely gives the impression of a hooker who is selling his body on a 'old' Times Square street corner for something. I don't care how enthusiastic he was about the role.

No way Vida (Patrick Swayze) would associate with the likes of Chi-Chi. Sorry, it's just not going to happen here. Swayze is apparently the 'leader' of the gang, perhaps because he looks the most comfortable in drag.

The only extras are deleted scenes. I was really disappointed they did not include more. This was a really good film about building bridges in difficult situations.

Go Set a Watchman: A Novel
Go Set a Watchman: A Novel
by Harper Lee
Edition: Hardcover
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1.0 out of 5 stars Watch Out, August 22, 2015
Even though it's a 'draft' of the characters to come in To Kill a Mockingbird (aka a test run) I really have to wonder about the timing of this book's release.

Lee had to have seen the mountains of publicity Kathryn Stockett got over her own novel--and compared that against the initial reception to "Mockingbird". There just weren't the same venues for publicity and book sales back in 1960. Positive reviews from Time Magazine, The New Yorker, and Atlantic Monthly perhaps seem quaint in today's world. Zillions of blogs automatically post thoughts about books to readers worldwide in minutes.

Perhaps she wanted to 'jump back on the horse'?

She had previously told audiences 'Mockingbird' would be her only work. Considering Lee is still a staple inside public schools, I am not sure why the need to repackage a 'draft' from the polished work. She got the praise she had been seeking Well, now she knows what reaction she would get in the internet age.

In this version, Scout goes by Jean Louise. She returned to Alabama and is now dating Henry. Jean Louise is shocked to discover that Atticus actually is a segregationist. Having defended a man against faulty rape charges apparently does not mean that you want them sharing the same municipal or private sector facilities.

It's hard to look up to somebody who might not really be that 'good' of a person after all.

During a visit to Calpurnia (whose grandson is on trial for having killed a pedestrian while drunk) she is treated abruptly. Having always been smart, Calpurnia is well aware how Atticus in this novel really feels about her. He does not regard her as an equal person either.

Jean Louise's family tries to explain why segregation is being enforced in the south. Uncle Jack's words only confuse Jean Louise who had actually looked up to Calpurnia as an authority figure. She does not like what she hears.

You're not missing anything by ignoring this one.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Join This Club, August 21, 2015
I love time-period shows and women's history. I was really excited when this was coming out on television. I faithfully watched every episode. It was a nice surprise that the network did not try to turn it into a 'soap' in a ratings grab. Because these people are real life portrayals, it might have been hard to have them do something 'too crazy'.

At the dawn of the space race, these women had it all--the looks, the husbands with the excellent jobs and the ideal homes. But everybody was unprepared for the accompanying challenges and stresses. Women wanted to sleep with their husbands. Reporters followed them everywhere also. And Trudy Cooper was honestly devastated to learn that in spite of her own impeccable flying credentials, NASA is not going to seriously send astronauts up into space. A training program for women is cancelled. But rather than putting up with this type of treatment from her husband--who in his defense, is as much a product of the times as others--she divorces him.

Of course being a series set in the early to mid 1960's, there is a episode about the Kennedy assassination. Being the spouses of government employees, these women have a different perspective than the rest of the country. Their families lost the person who ultimately makes executive orders for federal agencies--including the then still relatively new NASA. And he was the commander in chief.

If I had one critique of the series, it is that the storyline was too condensed. There was so much more to tell. Because this was merely a summer 'mini series' monumental events were not properly spaced out over several weeks. The space centers obviously had a tremendous impact on local economies, but except for fleeting scenes, we never see this either. It's just not there. Now I know it could have been MUCH worse. But I had really enjoyed tuning into what I did see.
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Men Explain Things To Me Updated Edition
Men Explain Things To Me Updated Edition
by Rebecca Solnit
Edition: Hardcover
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2.0 out of 5 stars Explain Why This Made It To Publication, August 21, 2015
Of course violence against women is an ongoing and very serious problem. I'm a good feminist so I'm familiar with all of the current statistics. And I know that my experiences with women's studies were not the norm. Hence the author was trying to sell to the masses through the "cute" title. It misfired big time.

I did not find it 'misleading'. I found it annoying and vague.

She starts out with being harassed by one guy at a party and ends up discussing global violence against women: The ongoing violence against women 'explains' our continued second-class status--even in allegedly enlightened countries. So women have not made as much progress as we think. Laws are not protecting us from entrenched cultural patterns.

In wanting to reach her intended audiences, Solnit is way too cautious. She does not realize these readers will overlook a book not being talked about. It's not going to make the best-sellers list She will be lucky if the mass bookstores decide to stock it..

She needed a title and art work which would grab people's attention. Reader interest is what will change people's minds and our society. Her thesis stands out--she has this obviously covered. But it goes to waste when she doesn't put work into the exterior book portions.

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