Frozen

No, I’m not referring to the Disney feminist remake of the story of the Snow Queen. I’m referring to another queen who actually is still alive–Queen Elizabeth II–and to the six-season Netflix special about her life and reign.  “The...

Incunabula

Some words delight me simply because of how they feel in my mouth as I voice them.  Incunabula is one of those words.  The repeated “u” makes my lips pucker, while “nabula” sounds like a word a wizard might utter to work magic or like some...

Janis Joplin

A friend just sent me an article about Janis Joplin because a new biography is just out about her.  She was a blazing comet on the rock music scene in the 1960’s, but, like all comets, vanished too quickly to be taken in fully.  The new biography talks about how...

Carla Hayden

If “Carla Hayden” is not a household name, I understand.  And, if you don’t know a lot about our Librarian of Congress, I understand that as well.  But in these days of dangerous mayhem and destructive hate speech, Ms. Hayden and her title give me...

Forgiveness

This past week, TV stations across the country showed us an amazing scene:  Brandt Jean, the 18 year old brother of Both Jean who was shot and killed by a white female police person who went home to the wrong apartment after her night shift was over, asked the trial...