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Laura
Northern Virginia
I am a mother, daughter, friend, teacher, and writer.
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Totality: the sun is hiding behind the moon and clouds. Totality: I think the white dot is Jupiter. My eclipse trip to South Carolina with a good friend turned out to be what we had hoped for (except for the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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August 1985. Married. August 2007. Divorced. August 2017— Still using checks with married name and PO Box (that hid my intentions). A reminder each time I use one (crossing out last name, PO Box, writing in maiden name, my home... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2017 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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I took off a week from my working mind. No classes to teach. No writing to mull over as the background music of my days. I became a version of myself who filled her hours with chores and errands, volunteering... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Trees outside my window I might not have a man in bed with me, but, boy, is my bed ever crowded. Nightly, I get into bed, ready to read literature—right after I catch-up on my phone-reading of the newest sputtering... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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A friend called me last Friday night to go out dancing with her and a group of people from a Meet-Up. With no time to think about why I shouldn’t go, feeling weighted down by a long day of unenthusiastic... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Sometimes when I’m walking I feel as though I’m standing in place. The joggers whiz by at their pounding pace; cyclists careen past, occasionally with an “On your left,” but generally just the sudden sight of the cyclist in front... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2017 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Rose Garden, Bronx Botanical Gardens I’m trying to figure out if I’m envious of my colleagues and friends who have recently entered into serious relationships, or if I’m just a good friend who’s happy for their happiness. The of-the-moment me,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2017 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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It’s been a while since I’ve written, and it’s been a longer while since I’ve written anything other than from a solid core of disgust, anger, and disappointment. I’ve been trying to figure out how to function in this early-stage... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2017 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Along the Potomac River, between Mount Vernon and the White House A nap, A walk, A piece of pie, A slice of cake, A pint of ice cream, A bottle of beer, A glass of wine, A drama, A comedy,... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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The Sign was not in the signs So insightful, humorous, painful, so Purposeful and planned. The moment that transcended Sharpies, poster board, and paint Rolled up Pennsylvania Avenue In our voices: our voice. Conviction is a sound. The boom and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2017 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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#JusticeforJuan Rally Sometimes I forget that I’m stressed because of the racist, sexist, anti-environment, anti-knowledge, anti-all-but-the-rich, let’s just say it, deplorable administration and think that there’s something wrong in my life. But no, all is well. Well except for this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2017 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Spring blossoms People have been wondering why white women voted for t-boy, as have I. Until I started thinking about being teased growing up. Then it sort-of kind-of made some sense: this voting for a bully thing. I lived in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2017 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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A meal without a woman. Who knew that’s a thing? Grabbing them by the p*ssy. Who knew it was ok? It’s all too much for me. I want to be snarky and witty, but I’m too angry for that. Apparently,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2017 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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It’s split personality time: half of me is doing my work and keeping the stove and washing machine busy, while the other half remains obsessed with the news and the latest outrages. It’s darn exhausting, but the groundedness means that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2017 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Dress like a woman. The head reels from the insults of the little man in the White House. It should be hard to believe that a man still feels he can tell women to wear skirts and dresses, but we’re... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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I am sick of seeing the bland, pasty faces of middle-aged white men making seething-red decisions for us women. This has got to stop. I know we marched, and we’re energized and mobilized, but underneath that power is the sickening,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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"Hello 1955? Please hold for the Republicans." What a day of celebrating women, especially our feistiness! You’ve got to love the creators of the clever signs and hot pink pussy hats that turned the streets of DC Amazonian. Ladylike subtly... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2017 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Marching for love! Marching for justice! Marching for equality! Marching for the environment! Marching to be accepted, safe, free to be! Marching for big words that keep a heart safe and secure. Women's March on Washington and sister marches information Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2017 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
At noon today, inauguration day, I heard a jet fighter shudder through the air above my apartment in Northern Virginia. It was, I immediately realized, the ominous sound of bitter reality: the inauguration of t- was happening. I am sad,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Where is a place of stability within this swarm of anxious fear? I need a rock to stand upon so I cannot dig into myself finding blame for what I tried to change, drilling into good intentions, hoping to find... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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I'm going to the Women's March on Washington on January 21, the day after the inauguration, to proclaim that I will not stand idly by as my rights, and the rights of other women and men, no matter who they... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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About a month ago, I stopped wearing make-up. It wasn’t as if I threw away an array of bottles and tubes, and then rethought my look and retooled my morning routine. Nope, I threw out one tube of mascara, one... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Potato latkes and jelly donuts might be the oil-soaked foods of Hanukkah celebrations with a hefty side of chicken soup and brisket, and dreidel may be the game of choice (who doesn’t want to win chocolate gelt), but in essence... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2016 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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This is for my student who wrote “rape won”; for my daughter who thought sexism was dead; for the girls who deal with boys being boys; for the sluts we are for having a woman’s body. Let our shrill voices... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2016 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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I have no plan; it seems, though, that this is the time to join with others who are planning to resist and resist and resist. I will sign petitions and send emails. I will gather to stand for our rights... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2016 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman