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Laura
Northern Virginia
I am a mother, daughter, friend, teacher, and writer.
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Let's march, rally, volunteer, and raise our voices tomorrow against gun violence in our schools, in our public places, in our lives. My Signs: My Weapon of Choice: Teacher Voice Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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No glass of wine, bottle of beer, or Colorado gummy bear can make my mind fuzzy enough for long enough to stop the realization that is finally solidifying. I have wished that I was a religious person for much of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2018 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
An essay that I wrote about trust issues is available for reading at JWI.org. Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2018 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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ONE How many times can a heart break? This is not a rhetorical question. Why are guns more important than lives? Again, not a rhetorical question, a cry from tears cracking a heart. Why is there a gun show in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2018 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Listen To the women in your life. Our voices are not sealed in a safe, Or buried under a tree, We are the envelope Unsealed by the steam of empathy. Once open, listen. How does a child imagine evil If... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2018 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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What is it about women and sex? Why do our faculties for observation and nuance, so in-tune in public settings, suddenly become akin to a toddler’s? What is it about men and sex? Why do their capacities to let women... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2018 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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I am a basket filled with severed headlines whose savage stories seep into the sweet staleness of daily life with visions of the horrors of hate. What is there to hate in a world of autumn golds, a glowing moon,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Ralph Northam: Revving up Lee Dems on Thursday Virginia Democrats: Let's get out and vote on Tuesday! Let's push for positive people policies with Ralph Northam for Governor Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor Mark Herring for Attorney General Your local... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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Plunging people past optimism Into chasms of chaos Where deep inside all we can spot is the light From others, who, like us Refuse to succumb to the lure Of me me me me me… Or maybe, our me is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2017 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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"Pick a bouquet for you and a friend!" It is getting cool in the evening, here, in Northern Virginia. I took a walk earlier and bought new flannel sheets since the set I bought last year I gave to my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2017 at Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman
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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