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Patricia Rice
The Notorious Atherton, August 2013
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Thank you for the kind words! Sometimes my heroines come off as harsh, but I imagine strong women were considered harsh then and now. I'm not sure the human race can last as long as it took the Grand Canyon to be carved!
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2017 on Midwifery for Men at Word Wenches
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Mary Jo says it sounds roughly like Judith Merkle Riley's A VISION OF LIGHT. I'd thought it sounded like one of Judith's themes but I don't remember titles or details.
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2017 on Midwifery for Men at Word Wenches
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It sounds vaguely familiar but I have no memory. Let me pass this on the wenches. Some of them remember every book they've ever read!
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2017 on Midwifery for Men at Word Wenches
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oh, bingo, you've hit it exactly! Greed wins again. The Victorian docs preaching against female midwives were building their own business. Those barber surgeons hated losing out to women, especially if women were doing it for free, which they frequently did. We need a vaccine against greed.
Toggle Commented Mar 13, 2017 on Midwifery for Men at Word Wenches
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well, there were always bad women, too. But saying all women were bad was pernicious evil!
Toggle Commented Mar 13, 2017 on Midwifery for Men at Word Wenches
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You're responding to the nerve I feel! Maybe men need to be threatened by women. If they had to fight with us, they'd spend less time fighting each other.
Toggle Commented Mar 13, 2017 on Midwifery for Men at Word Wenches
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Sadly, all you say is true. I'm just not certain how we allowed ourselves to get into that place. Why did we allow ourselves to become possessions? I know we've always needed someone to look after the children, but there had to be a better way than becoming an unpaid servant!
Toggle Commented Mar 13, 2017 on Midwifery for Men at Word Wenches
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By the 1830s, even the role of midwife had been usurped by men. While women were quietly learning techniques from each other, men pontificated to the public in pamphlets and pulpits about the evils of letting excitable, delicate women perform medical procedures—like giving birth. Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Word Wenches
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I am flabbergasted and astounded! What I would do to be able to tune in like that! Thank you for sharing. Sent from my iPad
Toggle Commented Feb 26, 2017 on Things That Go Thump in the NIght at Word Wenches
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ohhh wow, a 13th c crypt! That in itself would be scary. Patricia Rice http://patriciarice.com
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2017 on Things That Go Thump in the NIght at Word Wenches
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You speak truth. We all cut our literary teeth on tales of "other." It's just so very appealing to the creative mind!
Toggle Commented Feb 16, 2017 on Things That Go Thump in the NIght at Word Wenches
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Yes, Gettysburg is one of the battlefields I mentioned in an earlier comment. It's oppressive. You can feel the dead and the sorrow and the horror. You must be wonderfully sensitive to notice your house ghosts! I've only ever found one, and it was more a matter of her finding me. ;)
Toggle Commented Feb 16, 2017 on Things That Go Thump in the NIght at Word Wenches
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it's hard to tell when that "intuition" is picking up on another's brain waves or just knowing them too well. But yes, sometimes you just have to listen to it.
Toggle Commented Feb 16, 2017 on Things That Go Thump in the NIght at Word Wenches
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ooo, that's spooky enough for me. Wonder if there might have been a graveyard in that spot at one time? Or if a much-beloved house had been taken down on that lot? Glad it's not malevolent!
Toggle Commented Feb 16, 2017 on Things That Go Thump in the NIght at Word Wenches
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I'm not certain that ghosts as portrayed by movies are believable, but I, too, have felt the unhappy energies on battlefields. And I do think that humans have an essence, an energy field, that connects us, which is why people talk of the power of prayer. But beyond that, it's hard to speculate.
Toggle Commented Feb 16, 2017 on Things That Go Thump in the NIght at Word Wenches
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I shall leave machines to my more scientific friends!
Toggle Commented Feb 16, 2017 on Things That Go Thump in the NIght at Word Wenches
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Thanks, Sue, it's good to know our readers agree with us. ;) Mercedes may need a genre all her own, literary fantasy perhaps. And I love the term "co-instances"!
Toggle Commented Feb 15, 2017 on Things That Go Thump in the NIght at Word Wenches
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Susanna does suck us in beautifully, doesn't she? And it's because of her beautifully grounded characters and settings and as you say, the plausible scientific possibility.
Toggle Commented Feb 15, 2017 on Things That Go Thump in the NIght at Word Wenches
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I enjoy a good steampunk story that's written with characters and a plot that make sense with reality as I know it. But the ones that go far out on a limb, inventing people and monsters, go too far into fantasy for me. We need to do a poll sometime to see how many romance readers read horror. I'm thinking the numbers are slim.
Toggle Commented Feb 15, 2017 on Things That Go Thump in the NIght at Word Wenches
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I'm with you, Mary. The potential is there, but I'd rather read it in humor than horror!
Toggle Commented Feb 15, 2017 on Things That Go Thump in the NIght at Word Wenches
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Quantum, I'm sorry, I meant to scrub any reference to gender but I tend to lean toward "she" rather than awkward constructions like "s/he." Or as one of my transgender friends said "it." I want to develop a single gender pronoun but so far, we haven't found a good one yet--just some very funny and not so funny combinations. And with almost no understanding of physics but just a mind that soaks up bits and pieces, I think we can develop interesting theories about time existing in different spatial interfaces. I'm not a time travel fan, per se, but I can see potential for different versions of time living in the same space.
Toggle Commented Feb 15, 2017 on Things That Go Thump in the NIght at Word Wenches
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Do you believe in things that go bump in the night? Do you fear the paranormal? Enjoy reading it? Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at Word Wenches
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That's good to hear. Sometimes, when the world is chaos around us, it's good to take a look back in time--and read a good book. ;)
Toggle Commented Jan 27, 2017 on Marching in Protest at Word Wenches
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I have always thought men ought to pay their fair share of hanky panky and the results! And I'm thrilled that a new generation is stepping up where we leave off. Something good is coming out of this mess.
Toggle Commented Jan 26, 2017 on Marching in Protest at Word Wenches
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I like that, but I'm going to guess there is a whole generation of people who have no understanding of "reactionary." I think I'd prefer "backward" ;)
Toggle Commented Jan 26, 2017 on Marching in Protest at Word Wenches
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