Little Women Movie Review [Yes Spoilers]

So overall, this movie was entertaining, but I did feel myself thinking it saccharine at times. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the relationship between Joe and Lauri/Teddy develop. I appreciated the statements about women's place in society, but sometimes I felt like they could have been more subtle. It grated me that Joe's family complained of [...]

Wellness Wednesday: Back to the Wild

There is nothing like going to the sea that brings me back to my wild nature. I try to hold onto it as best as I can. I am also reading Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, PhD, a Jungian psychoanalyst. It is absolutely beautiful, food for the soul, with its [...]

Choosing not to have children

It's a choice. A free choice. I've seen so much garbage floating around the internet lately about women's choices, particularly regarding children. This here is one such article that spews garbage, focusing on how people who love their pets are showing their "indifference" to man. On the contrary, I think if you show indifference to [...]

Imposter Syndrome

I received an award today, and at the dinner right before I was about to go up, I felt a bout of imposter syndrome take over me.  Do I really deserve this? The award recognized me for mentoring other women and promoting gender equality.  I believe that I do these things, but in my moment [...]

Sexism Abounds: Body Say

Here's a little rant/tidbit for you. I'm really diggin' Demi Lovato's newish tune "body say"; however, whenever I hear it on the radio it is an edited version. The lyric "I want your sex" is changed to "I want your best." I've heard this numerous times. Maybe it depends on the station? I don't know. [...]

The Awakening – Kate Chopin

5/5 Stars. LOVED. IT. When I read the critiques at the end of this edition, especially the one by Willa Cather... I was shocked. So scathing! Maybe not everyone only writes about the amazing beauty of nature, Willa, come on. And so what if Edna is so much of an idealist, where do you think [...]

Leaving Mother Lake – Yang Erche Namu & Christine Mathieu

4/5 stars overall. Beautifully written and engaging. Recommended to me by my friend and mentor Dr. Cindy LaCom, this book takes you on a journey to places I personally have never set foot or experienced. In a remote community around the Himalayas, Moso women in some ways, have more/different power than other women in the [...]

Eleven Minutes – Paulo Coelho

I sincerely love the way Paulo Coelho writes and the way he implicitly shares in all his works that there are things we cannot know and cannot completely understand--like how the meeting of two people can spark a vibrant passion and the meeting of two others spurs nothing at all, while the former two are [...]

Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide by Linda Babcock & Sara Laschever

Women Don't Ask is an essential read for everyone, but especially females. This book explains how gendered socialization not only hinders women's voices in many cases, but also thwarts their success in negotiating many areas of their life. Focusing primarily on work, this book showcases example after example (backed by research) of women falling short/not living [...]

50 Shades of Grey: Why it’s a problem and why you should care.

If E L James sought only to make money from her less than stellar literary skills... she succeeded, greatly. However, I wonder if she ever intended to, or even pondered the possibility, that her trilogy perpetuates sexism and reinforces passivity in women. Did she think about the young minds consuming her word garbage? The trilogy [...]