Merriam-Webster posts definition of feminism to correct Kelly Conway’s alternative explanation of feminism at CPAC

Lookups for feminism spiked on February 23, 2017, following an appearance at the annual CPAC conference by Kellyanne Conway, who both called for equal pay for women and said that she didn’t identify herself as a feminist:

It’s difficult for me to call myself a feminist in the classic sense because it seems to be very anti-male and it certainly is very pro-abortion, in this context. 

Conway then offered her own definition of feminism:

There’s an individual feminism, if you will, that you make your own choices…I look at myself as a product of my choices, not a victim of my circumstances. That’s really to me what conservative feminism, if you will, is all about.

Feminism is defined as both “the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities” and “organized activity in support of women’s rights and interests.” It entered the language in 1895, at a time when efforts for women’s political equality were becoming organized and widespread in England and the United States.


A love letter to libraries

“Honored” doesn’t quite seem like a strong enough word for what I feel.
I need a better word.  I suspect a real writer would probably know that word immediately, but I’ll give it time until it comes to me.  And if it doesn’t come, I’ll do what I always do.

I’ll ask a magician.   I’ll ask a librarian.

Source: A love letter to libraries

Fun Facts About Birthstones [INFOGRAPHIC]

Most people know what their birthstone is without a second thought, but how much do we really know about the actual gemstones themselves? The gems designated as birthstones have been around for tho…

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5 DIY Jewelry Organization Projects to Try at Home

Necklaces in a tangle? Bracelets piled on on your dresser? Rings scattered across your home, devoid of logic or order? These DIY projects could be the fix you need to finally organize your jewelry …

Source: 5 DIY Jewelry Organization Projects to Try at Home

Book Review of Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

Before the FallBefore the Fall by Noah Hawley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


A gripping thriller that also goes into the deep pit of survivor’s guilt, Before the Fall is both intelligent and emotional. A plane full of important and wealthy passengers crashes, and the only survivors are the heir to a vast fortune and the only seemingly unimportant person on board – a painter named Scott Burroughs. The novel moves back and forth between the aftermath of the crash, where Scott is a hero for saving the four-year-old heir, and the sixteen minutes before the crash happened, where we’re given glimpses into the backstories of the various passengers during their final moments. As Scott is hounded by the media, we begin to wonder – was the crash a setup? Is there a conspiracy afoot to kill these powerful people? Or is it just a mysterious coincidence?

My thoughts on Before the Fall:
I absolutely fell unromantically in love with Scott Burroughs. I know his heart and understand how far removed his life path feels to him because I, too, experienced a profound loss of a person early in my life. A loss that has affected me in a multitude of ways, known and unknown, admitted and unacknowledged. Scott’s resistance to interaction with today’s on-demand world of non fact-based gossip and opinion pieces that are promoted, ingested and revered as “news” is our common struggle.

Several other characters in Before The Fall elicited similar feelings of familiarity and understanding in me. I was interested and invested in learning how they got to this place in their lives and why they made the decisions and took the actions that lead them to these moments and watching them navigate the new reality of life after the fall.

I received an ARC of Before The Fall from the publisher through NetGalley and listened to the audiobook version from my public library through OverDrive.

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John Oliver is Running Cable Network Ads to School Trump on Basic Facts Presidents Should Know |

The Bowling Green massacre. The inauguration turnout. The voter fraud that cost him the popular vote. Donald Trump lives in an alternative universe with alternative facts, but John Oliver isn’t having any of it. After a three-month hiatus, his show Last Week Tonight With John Oliver returned to HBO Sunday (Feb. 12) with biting commentary…

via John Oliver is running ads on cable networks to school Trump on basic facts presidents should know — Quartz

NIKE Embraces Equality |

Nike is the latest big brand to embrace a more inclusive tone in a company advertisement. Over the weekend, the world’s largest athletic-gear maker debuted a new film/advertisement called “Equality,” which features several Nike-endorsed athletes including NBA star LeBron James and tennis champion Serena Williams. The film aired during the Grammys and will also air…

via Nike Takes a Stand for Equality in Politically-Charged America — Fortune

Chance The Rapper Just Made Grammy History (and, Gives His Music Away For Free) |

Beyoncé may have serenaded the world in pregnant glory at the 59th annual Grammy Awards yesterday, but the greatest feat of the hours-long, glitter-bombed music spectacle was more subtle: Chance the Rapper’s three wins. Chance, last night, became the first artist to win a Grammy without selling physical copies of his music—or selling much of…

via Why Chance the Rapper—who just made Grammy history—gives his music away for free — Quartz

Why Being Single on Valentine’s Day is No Different Than Literally Like Any Other Day | Mary Elizabeth Francisco,

So here’s another year of being single on Valentine’s Day. As early as the beginning of February, you are seeing hearts everywhere – in your workplace, on the streets, in your newsfeed, at the coffee shop where you buy your coffee every morning. And you feel even more single than you actually are. But really,…

via Why Being Single On Valentine’s Day Is No Different Than Literally Any Other Day — Thought Catalog

Just a Little One | Dorothy Parker,  The New Yorker, May 12, 1928