Reflections on Time Spent

As we move toward a new year, I love looking back over the one completed. Not a subscriber to Thoreau's "never look back unless you are planning to go that way," I try to figure out what I spent the most time reflecting upon. If I'd used some kind of cool app that monitored my 2013 thoughts (which thank goodness I didn't, because that's creepy, and thank goodness the NSA hasn't figured out a way to do this to us, or maybe they have, but I digress), I have to admit it:  I probably spent as much time thinking about myself as anything or anyone else! Gulp, it might be true. And, on the heels of my "Why I love George" post last week. A post, by the way, that talked about how amazing I think George Saunders is at reminding me that I'm not the center of the universe. But then, that's back to me again. American Time Use Taking a look at what data are collected by our government, (American Time Use survey, http://www.bls.gov/tus/charts/), I found that they do keep track of our time. At least if you have kids (which I do not). Or maybe there is a single person chart? But after 10 minutes of searching for the single person chart (come on, government, there are over 102 million 18 … [Read more...]

Women’s Work: Bright Spots for Main Street Women This Week

This week, the Oscars treated us to Seth McFarlene singing "We Saw Your Boobs" and the sequester cuts go into effect that will negatively impact women. But there were bright spots... VAWA PASSES AND MOVES TO PRES OBAMA'S DESK The VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT was finally reauthorized. The U.S. House of Representatives voted yesterday and passed the bipartisan Senate version, which included key protections for campus rape, Native and immigrant women, and LGBTQ women.  Representative Gwen Moore, Democrat of Wisconsin and a victim of domestic and sexual violence herself, spoke passionately about the need to pass the Senate’s bill. I pray that this body will do as the Senate has done and come together as one to protect all women from violence. As I think about the L.G.B.T. victims who are not here, the native women who are not here, the immigrants who aren’t in this bill, I would say, as Sojourner Truth would say, ‘Ain’t they women?’ ” Every Democratic and 87 Republicans voted for the Senate bill; 138 GOP members voting against it.  Among the nay votes was House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).  The House's action means that VAWA will be reauthorized for another five years, … [Read more...]

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