Writings

The Conversation

The Conversation about women’s bodies exists largely outside of us, while it is also directed at (and marketed to) us, and used to define and control us. The Conversation about women happens everywhere, publicly and privately. We are described and detailed, our faces and bodies analyzed and picked apart, our worth ascertained and ascribed based […]

The Conversation

The Conversation about women’s bodies exists largely outside of us, while it is also directed at (and marketed to) us, and used to define and control us. The Conversation about women happens everywhere, publicly and privately. We are described and detailed, our faces and bodies analyzed and picked apart, our worth ascertained and ascribed based on the reduction of personhood to simple physical objectification. Our voices, our personhood, our potential, and our accomplishments are regularly minimized and muted.

Reflections

The past four days have been a distilled, highly concentrated cross section of my life: intensive international media to celebrate the premiere of Missing, a unique 10 episode show set all across europe, about a complex, deeply sentient, and physically empowered woman who will stop at nothing to protect her vulnerable son. I spent several hours […]

The Voice of the Wildcats

As Kentucky Wildcats fans everywhere would agree, being “The Voice of the Wildcats” would be a dream job. Tom Leach fills the legendary shoes of Cawood Ledford very well, and if I can’t have Tom’s job, well, I am delighted to settle for being a guest on his show, The Leach Report.  It’s become a […]

Miss Daisy’s Peanut Butter Cake

Miss Daisy’s Peanut Butter Cake from a classic regional cookbook, Recipes From Miss Daisy’s, 1978, Rutledge Hill Press This cake is a favorite of my husband and his brother, and an all-around pleaser. I’ve made it for my Dad for his birthday, and company before they come visit will boldly demand I have one ready […]

Arrival

Congo is difficult to understand, hard to explain. I appreciate how organizations like Enough! boil the issue of conflict mineral mining down so succinctly, correctly linking violent mining practices, pernicious use of mass rape, the issues that inhere in a failed state and corrupt governance, armed militias and urgent need for security sector reform, poverty and de-development….and our computers.

Travel Day

In the car on the way to the Prague airport, my dad asked if he could buy Czech crowns from me. He began explaining something that later, when I could listen, I apprehended was very simple: he would give me US dollars, I would give him Crowns. But before he had finished his question, my brain had completely flooded. I heard nothing but gibberish, or the “wah wah wah” spoken by grown ups on the Peanuts cartoons. I made the time out symbol with my hands. A frustrated look rumpled his face.