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Patricia Rice
The Notorious Atherton, August 2013
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Happy to add meaning to your gifts! I just stayed at the Apple Farm Inn and they give away the most gorgeous wooden apples. I may have to start collecting them!
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2016 on Holiday Symbols at Word Wenches
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cherries would be perfect for Christmas! Apples aren't nearly as red. I'm not sure I'm into seafood for a family dinner, especially since so much of my family won't eat it. But I wouldn't turn away a lobster dinner!
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2016 on Holiday Symbols at Word Wenches
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sometimes my Google-fu works, sometimes it doesn't. We didn't have a lot of traditions (the orphan thing for my parents) so I treasure the few we have.
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2016 on Holiday Symbols at Word Wenches
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Do you have holiday traditions steeped in historical meaning? Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2016 at Word Wenches
Anne, you're making the quiz too easy or our readers are just too good! Even I hesitated over "tenant for life," though (my accounting mind wanted to kick in). Fun job!
Toggle Commented Dec 21, 2016 on Regency Slang Quiz No. 3 at Word Wenches
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it also goes back to public and private professions. Women were expected to stay home and as long as a profession was meant for the home, then they were welcome to it. But once it became public, which is where monetized comes in, I guess, then men took over. It is a fascinating study. Patricia Rice http://patriciarice.com
Toggle Commented Dec 12, 2016 on History Repeats Itself--Science at Word Wenches
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I like the idea of tracing it back to Rome! I need to get out my husband's religious treatises and figure out how we went so wrong, because Middle Eastern religions don't acknowledge women any better than Rome. Did that change at some point?
Toggle Commented Dec 11, 2016 on History Repeats Itself--Science at Word Wenches
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There's definitely the old adage that history was written by men, so women's roles were played down. I would simply like to understand what went on in their heads--and yeah, it was probably societal--that allowed them to KNOW women did these things and to ignore the fact and not give credit where it was due. And yes,I can see women working in the kitchen, mother, daughter, servants, from childhood. We just "know" how to cook. Men must have been at a total loss!
Toggle Commented Dec 11, 2016 on History Repeats Itself--Science at Word Wenches
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I think you're right about the Western mindset, one of the many reasons American history fascinates me. People who moved here--on the whole--wanted change. And the people who moved west were often adventurers who not only wanted change, but were often smart about how to get it. They had goals in mind. And they needed women.
Toggle Commented Dec 9, 2016 on History Repeats Itself--Science at Word Wenches
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Wow, Linda, I'm turning the forum over to you! You are right on, painfully so, I fear. I know, historically speaking, that there are and were men and women who believed in and supported the moral authority (as opposed to majority!)of reason and justice. There are good people. Men did come to help women gain the vote. Evil is not everywhere. But human nature, as Quantum suggests above, is evolutionary, and the survival of the fittest usually means those with power.
Toggle Commented Dec 9, 2016 on History Repeats Itself--Science at Word Wenches
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Good old-fashioned greed is not to be overlooked, but that plays in every situation. Keeping women out made it easier for men to eliminate half the competition--because they feared women would be better. ;)
Toggle Commented Dec 9, 2016 on History Repeats Itself--Science at Word Wenches
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LOL, that's the reason you're the scientist and I'm the writer. It's been a looooong time since I had to define theory and hypothesis. And scientifically speaking, yes, the evolutionary course set us on this road. But one would think that after a few thousand years we'd have moved beyond that. And my own non-scientific non-theory is that women's ability to multi-task has made them more creative than many men, which does lead to a broader view of any task they undertake, even quantum physics.
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I will admit, some of my childhood heroines include Clara Barton and Florence Nightingale. How about a list of romances that show women fighting to be more than society expects? Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at Word Wenches
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I'm easily bored with veggies, so I'm always willing to experiment. We grew a tomato this year that came from one of the original plants grown here. It produced fruits larger than a cherry tomato but certainly nothing like our giant tomatoes today!
Toggle Commented Dec 2, 2016 on The Return of the Skirret at Word Wenches
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I can snuggle right up to the fireplace on a foggy day, enjoy the flames, and look out on my plumeria and palms and be quite content. Of course, I never bothered shoveling snow if there was any way of avoiding it when we lived back East. Our mailman left mail at the street and didn't need to deliver to our house!
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2016 on Winter Delights at Word Wenches
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I have driven through Panhandle winters and been glad I could drive out of them again! that I actually survived to drive out of them. Staying home is definitely the best solution!
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2016 on Winter Delights at Word Wenches
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Charlie Browns Christmas tree! Patricia Rice http://patriciarice.com
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I feel a blog coming on about what books we might recommend to help people "adjust" to stressors. There have to be thousands, and I'm thinking depressing literary tomes aren't what we'll come up with!
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I have no idea if we can Skype with our son in the Philippines, although we often travel and meet each other before the holiday, so we really haven't tried. It's a new tradition.
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Oh, I envy you your angels! We had to leave all our heirlooms and collections behind when we moved. Palm trees and Christmas ornaments simply don't go together so well anyway, but I miss those memories! Hugs on yours.
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Yes, we had the one gift tradition too--and it was always books. Kept the kids quiet on Christmas Eve.
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Oh, Janice, I hope not, although perhaps they'll gather for holiday traditions with close friends. But I love your story of the mungy Christmas tree and now I have ideas dancing in my head! I'd say watch out for a mungy tree in the next novella, but ideas have a way of turning up in strange places.
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Yes, I know the travel for holiday part, but it's so good to see family on holidays! It makes us who we are. I tried to get my family to exchange books when we got together, but the brothers prefer TV.
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Oh dear, I totally relate. My sin was raisins. Anything made with raisins would disappear before the holiday dinner. So when I had my own kitchen and family, I made everything I knew to include raisins--Waldorf salads, rice pudding, oatmeal-raisin cookies, fruitcake with raisins.... Not until the kids were adults did they tell me they hated raisins. Ungrateful little brats. Enjoy your trifle and brandy!
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LOL, Anne! Glad you've crawled out of your cave, but you're about as much of a partier as I am if that's all you can find to do. I just finished one rough draft and one revised draft and I'm--going to the dentist and doctor. Girls know how to have fun!
Toggle Commented Oct 26, 2016 on Finishing a book at Word Wenches
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