Fun Photo Friday: Korra’s Tattered Ball

black tri-colored shepherd dog with tattered old soccer ball

You know that stage in a ball's life when your dog has torn so many holes resulting in so many sharp or rough edges that you start to fear it's going to hurt the pup's mouth? Funny how that is also the exact stage when the dog's bond with the ball solidifies into an irrational, … Continue reading Fun Photo Friday: Korra’s Tattered Ball

Poem: Portrait

A dear friend who understands the incest and sexual harassment themes of Horseshoes and Hand Grenades is allowing me to publish her original poem here on my blog. <3 Portrait My brother lifts the blanket off my feet. His fingers climb my inner thighs. I am eight. He tells me to be quiet. I flatten … Continue reading Poem: Portrait

How Women Speak Up

screenshot of alanis morrissette video for hands clean song

One reason I wrote Horseshoes and Hand Grenades was to open a window into why many women (and men) who are victims of workplace sexual harassment, incest, rape and other forms of sexual abuse, often don't speak up. Frankly, I was pissed off reading much of the Harvey Weinstein coverage, because it seemed the more … Continue reading How Women Speak Up

How to Re-organize Your Bookshelf Using (Il)logical Categories

vintage classic books from author s.m. stevens bookshelf

Moving to a new home, as I recently did, means a fresh start at one’s bookshelf — a chance to wander through the collection, re-visit old friends, and maybe pluck out a few titles that have fallen out of favor and deserve a more loving home. It’s also a time to re-organize your books in … Continue reading How to Re-organize Your Bookshelf Using (Il)logical Categories

The USWNT, Arrogance and Our National Double Standard

photo of us national women's soccer team squad 2019 world cup

I love the U.S. Women’s national soccer team.  My infatuation is rooted in my youth. I grew up with soccer, in a small Maine town where the school population and budget were too small to support a football team. My three brothers played, and the teams regularly won regional and state titles. And I reveled … Continue reading The USWNT, Arrogance and Our National Double Standard