Today we shall talk about those GOOD F-words. Femme. Female. Fertile. And especially: Feline!
OK I said I would not talk about politics anymore, but this week history was made, who can ignore it! Folks, the Women's March was the largest protest in US history. With crowds three times the size of the inauguration!
Someone should give an award to the folks who came up with the clever knitted pink Pussyhats. Inspired, of course, by our Grabber-in-chief’s famous comments about attractive women he encounters, immortalized on tape so he can’t call them lies: “I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.”
On this day, women everywhere showed him that he in fact CAN'T just do anything: these kitties have claws.
And so, in DC, there was a sea of pink Pussyhats, setting the theme. But what most inspired me was this: around the world, in cities from Sydney to Amsterdam, in Antartica, in Kenya, women and men stood up and raised their voices against the objectification and abuse of women, stood up not just for women's rights but for human rights, in solidarity with Americans. As one of the presenters at the march said, "You have saved my sagging soul!" These new members of the Resistance have signaled that they will react against those contemptuous of us and our rights, with power instead of with hate: with respect, love, and humor.
Meanwhile back in France, the far right is represented by Marine Le Pen, of the National Front Party. She is anti-immigration, authoritarian, and an admirer of Putin. If she's elected, the EU may collapse. Time will tell if she prevails. But know that the populist, nationalistic movement is global and will be coming soon to your country if it hasn't already. We all need not just to resist but to look ahead to viable solutions to global inequality that don't trample on democratic rights, and we need to do it fast.
We are in the States for the moment, so I attended the Woman's March in Charleston. The enthusiasm, the energy, was palpable. It was heartening to see that at least a quarter of the marchers were guys. But the best thing was the homemade signs. No matter what your political persuasion, you can surely admire the wit and creativity. I'm sure you've seen many, but below is a collection of my favorites.
Note: "Bad hombres" refers to our what our Insulter-in-Chief called called Mexican immigrants, and of course he famously called Hillary Clinton a "nasty woman".
In the COMMENTS: Thanks for all the kind comments about my "day in the life" post. klohry, you are absolutely right---putting it back together is quite a task, and not much fun. Colleen, I had a good laugh from your story. I've shot Designer Showcase houses and I have similar stories to tell. Dottie, I have a woodcut Paul did of Stoll's alley, it's a cherished possession. And no we don't do 'reality'. No one really lives like that!
NEWS FLASH, one of our loyal readers, Libby Wilkie, has a new Etsy shop. She sells beautiful handmade cards, and she's running a Valentine's Day special. Read about it at her blog, here.
FAVORITE READS: My friend Sandi, how always knows the best books, sends along this review: "I am reading a delictable book - truly marvelous. Funny, insightful and full of bon mots. Every Frenchman Has One by Olivia de Havilland. Written after she
married a Frenchman and moved to Paris in 1954." Can't wait to get it!