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    Ten years ago, on August 29th a powerful storm saved New Orleans. I know that sounds twisted curious, but ‘save’ the City, it did.   Backstory: We were still living in Ohio. Reinventing ourselves Relocating to New Orleans had not yet come into our future plans.   The entire world knows what happened […]

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  • carollynn - Yup, yup, and yup. You’d never know I was a college grad by my language skills 😉 I agree with everything . single . thing . you. wrote.

    I have loved NOLA for many years, (pre and post Katrina). While the devastation of Katrina was beyond words, it forced the US of A to re-evaluate the treasure that is NOLA and bring in resources to ensure it would survive and ultimately THRIVE.

    What is lost is lost, (and undeniably A LOT was lost) but from the watery grave has emerged a new, energized, better NOLA.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Yes! It really is amazing to see how the city has/is re-building, however, the street up-keep is deplorable. We just got a notice in the mail that said all of the roads should be fixed by 2018- so there’s THAT! I hope I can wait- so does my car.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - We keep talking about getting back to NOLA. I was there right after 9/11/01 and not since. It’s on our list. In fact, it’s top of our list. Happy that so much has re-emerged. I love NOLA. I just need to get thin enough to eat some beignets. Just sayin’;.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Good luck! I’ve gained at least 15 since eating my way through this town.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa at Grandma's Briefs - Such a positive take on what happened AFTER the horrors! I hope to one day see the reinvented NOLA. I never got to see the old one, but this sounds like it may be even better. Except the roads. 😀ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - There is SO MUCH to be positive about! And the people are so charming. You’d love it!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - I had read some of that, but I did not know the rebuilding had been as thorough as you imply. I do hope they can keep the corruption down, but then there is human nature.ReplyCancel

  • Estelle - The last time I was in New Orleans was 10 years ago right before Katrina. I loved visiting and one time I even ended up on a Mardi Gras float!ReplyCancel

  • Nora - Such great news!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It really is Nora. I can’t imagine a World without NOLA. Thanks for dropping by.ReplyCancel

  • Sue - You alone has made me want to visit New Orleans with all your colorful posts about the city. I remember the horror and that my we often watched from the hospital where my Mom was in her last days.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - We;;, you know where you can get a room- for cheap! And cocktails!!!ReplyCancel

  • Diane - Amazing how such a tragedy can turn into such a blessing! That’s life…ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It’s a Cinderella story. But we both know not every tragedy is. Fingers crossed we have another Hurricane free season.ReplyCancel

  • Thefamilyjewlz Pembo-Bohning - I have had so little time to read any articles in the blogs that I follow. *sad face* I do like to visit yours because of course NOLA is where my soul resides. I have enjoyed many stories here on your blog, and I thank you. So yesterday I saw the Katrina one & loved it! Here’s why…it was short (like me) ;o), factual, and made me think…O my gosh, 10 years already?! Where is the time going?! Anyway, what you said about the roads…my doctor is on Napoleon and I go every 4 months. Each time I think…not yet?! And Magazine from the river??…don’t get me going!! LOL! Great little article shug. Have a nice day!ReplyCancel

  • Quirky Chrissy - I was there before, and I was there after…and I didn’t notice too many changes, but I sure do remember loving it both times. Would love to return soon. Please send pralines.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - A lot of the improvements are in the infrastructure, but so many homes have been renovated, and Magazine St. has never been more vibrant. Pralines are on the way. *wink*ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDianiel - I was there both before and after as well. I actually learned more from you in this post than I learned watching all of those hours of TV before and after! A great explanation. The memorial is so touching.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - The memorial is in a far-off place, down the southeastern edge- a fishing area. A friend of ours has a fishing ‘camp’ (raised house) down there. We went down to go out on the boat for the day and as we turned on the road I saw this amazing ‘thing’ out in the water. I inquired and went closer. It is absolutely beautiful- just standing there in the middle of a place hardly anyone goes to. It’s only about 50 yards off the land. And it’s huge! Amazing!!ReplyCancel

    I recently, started a heated debate between a few of my favorite (and most intelligent) gentlemen friends.   It began by sharing, on Facebook, something like this: “South Carolina Takes Down Confederate Flag”, adding my teaser ‘What say you?’   Oh boy.   I asked right?   One person said he was surprised […]

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  • Tammy - BRAVO. I have never loved you more. Which is saying a lot. I wonder how the conversation would go if the flag were Hitler’s flag and a sector of the German population wanted to fly in in public places to commemorate their “history”. Give me an effing break. This is a care of a bunch of bigoted sore losers who haven’t managed to understand that the country slammed their archaic ideas to dust and moved forward. Fly your damn flag in your own yard so that everyone can know that you support a time when you stood on the wrong side of history.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - 1865- 2015. Time to change the game.ReplyCancel

  • Diana @ Nanny to Mommy - I am from Georgia, still live there. But I agree, that flag should NOT have been on a government building. You don’t see the British flag everywhere in the US, why fly the losing side? I think if you want to fly that flag in your own front yard, you have that freedom, but it should have been removed. This whole debate really is just taking focus off the real debate, which should be gun control, in my opinion.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - And sooooo many other important issues! But this is a step in the right direction. I wouldn’t NOT want to address this (I’m sure you would agree).ReplyCancel

  • Roshni - I actually always thought that the flag was more about the southern heritage etc etc rather than just about slavery until Facebook told me otherwise!
    You always express to well what I’m thinking – fly your flag on your front porch but don’t expect to have it on a public/govt building!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I think for many people it IS about Heritage- and that’s fine. Do what you want in your own space, but not in a place that is supposed to be neutral/color blind/ without prejudice, because for so many others it symbolizes hatred.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Hubby, who always breaks things down to the basics, said, simply:”They lost. Take the flag down.”
    Of course he went on to talk about the Nazi flag, etc, too, but I had to enjoy his basic premise.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Exactly what my husband said, but I didn’t want to frame it in the space of winners/losers, because I think there is still a sore spot about the outcome in the South, unbelievable as that may sound.ReplyCancel

  • Cary Vaughn - I only have one resounding this to say to this very well stated argument: WORD!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - WORD back at ya Wordmeister! Love ya Cary!ReplyCancel

  • K. Lee Banks - Excellent post. Not sure why those so vehement in support of THAT flag don’t see it for its actual symbolism.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - They’re still looking for their balls- the ones they lost in 1865.ReplyCancel

  • Tamara (@PenPaperPad) - I’m from West Virginia where that flag flies all the time. I’ve always felt like it was a barrier between me and the person who was wearing it, flying it. It doesn’t really matter what the intention is to me. I remember seeing things like “The South Will Rise Again” and the flag was used as a symbol then too. I’ve always found it uncomfortable that it flies on state capitol buildings. That says immediately to me, “Do Not Enter.”ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Yes- Do Not Enter. And ‘You’re Inferior’ and ‘I’m The Boss’ and ‘I Don’t Acknowledge You’, etc. All wrong. All beyond hurtful. They make everyone small- especially the originator. I’m glad it’s coming down. It should never have been flown in the first place. What bullshit.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa at Grandma's Briefs - This is exactly what I love about you: Telling it like it is!

    This, most telling and true: “…this flag is a symbol of bad policy, flawed moral character, abhorrent economic practices and cost the lives of 100s of thousands of people.”

    That and the finger. Go, you!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - HA! Sometimes ‘open mouth insert foot’ other times… ‘open mouth insert foot’. I just can’t seem to get away from it. *wink*ReplyCancel

  • Karen D. Austin - I was raised in So. Cal. by parents from Utah and Idaho, so the strong southern cultural identity was something I didn’t encounter until I was a young adult and lived in Virginia, DC and then at midlife in West Virginia. It’s really easy for me to say “get rid of the flag.” But I have talked with people who are extremely passionate about keeping the flag while also expressing a rejection of slavery and racism. I think the flag should go. But I am also willing to hear someone express at length their southern cultural identity going back several generations and involving a lot of things that aren’t race related (even while acknowledging in my own mind that a lot of wealth and culture was borne on the backs of enslaved people). It’s complicated, but my bottom line is, indeed, “take down the confederate flag.”ReplyCancel

  • Candace Allan - You say that so well and I love the photo.ReplyCancel

  • Pia Savage - I’m a New Yorker who moved to South Carolina 6 years ago.
    I know I haven’t been here for generations so I have no say. Only I own a house, pay taxes–the whole bit. EB White said that the people who came to Manhattan from other places were the soul of the city—the people who made it creative and great. Maybe that can be true everywhere but people are so steeped in tradition they forget to include others. Though I live in a part of South Carolina where most people are from other places—and not just North Carolina so maybe it’s easier to feel accepted here.
    I love it here, but…that flag at the capitol. No.
    We know we’re going to see old white men fly the Confederate flag and they’ll be flying on houses all over. Let them.
    The state senate, house and governor—yes! And that incredible speech by Jenny Horne a direct descendant of Jefferson Davis; the speech by Strom Thurmond’s son—this is the beginning of a new era in South Carolina and maybe all the South.ReplyCancel

  • Kenya G. Johnson - I love this. I really wanted to hear something like this from someone on the “outside”. I’m from Columbia, SC. I live in NC now (not much different). But I can’t tell you what a relief it is to me that the flag is coming down. It’s quite emotional actually. I don’t know if the news has mentioned that we’ve been down this road before. In 2000 the flag was removed from the dome and placed more prominently in my opinion on the state house grounds after nearly 45,000 people had rallied to have it removed. It was a slap in the face. The people rushing out to buy flags now can do whatever they want, it’s not going to bother me one bit – I just know where THEY stand.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I knew all about that- the removal, only to place it in a more obtrusive place. The gall. Here is New Orleans there’s a statue of General Robert E Lee that was placed in the center of a traffic circle after the Civil War. AFTER. The transcript from the dedication ceremony is UNBELIEVABLE. It was placed there to remind people that the Whites still thought their cause was just and the Blacks should still remember their place. If I had known THAT, all these years, I would have taken a different route to that part of town. There is talk that it will also be coming down, and I say BRAVO! I’m so pleased you not only read my piece but that you took the time to comment. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Curran - The only Southern Cross that I want to see is the spectacular one in the night sky below the equator.

    Symbols DO carry meaning and intent. You got it so right, right here: “What I DO CARE ABOUT is the fact that this flag is a symbol of bad policy, flawed moral character, abhorrent economic practices and cost the lives of 100s of thousands of people.” Wouldn’t it be great to watch and hear the door slam shut on the argument right there? Perfect ending place in my liberal, Yankee opinion :)!ReplyCancel

  • Joan Harrington - Very interesting post Cheryl 🙂 Loved how you explained it all!!ReplyCancel

  • Carolann - I agree! Do what you want at home but not on government property. With that said, I was a bit perplexed as to why Obama decided to light up the White House in rainbow colors – doesn’t the same rule apply? I am all for equal rights across the board but that did make me think – hum…what’s going on here!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Ya know when I saw the White House all lit up in rainbow colors I thought it had been photoshopped. I agree. The House of the People should visibly remain neutral. Odd.ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Flags flying over government buildings need to reflect the entire community. The confederate flag has no business being there. You won’t see any Nazi flags flying over government buildings in Germany just because it was part of their history.ReplyCancel

  • Christine Carter - WELL DONE Cheryl!! I would stand and give you an ovation if I could!!! You NAILED IT. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - I usually make Southerners really angry when I say it is the flag of traitors. Put it in a museum. If you really want to fly a flag that represents slavery and being traitors to the US, go right ahead on your on property. Now I’ve probably made some of you neighbors angry.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Steffanci Sikorski - Yes, yes and yes…as an alumni of the University of South Carolina School Of Law…..I salute you and the FINAL TAKING DOWN OF THAT FLAG. It insulted the intelligence of us every day.ReplyCancel

  • Reggie Martin - This will probably get deleted, but here goes. All people commenting here not of Southern roots, your opinions mean EXACTLY…nothing to the people of the southern part of the country. All you folks outside our area of the nation love to get on your pedestals and bloviate about history this and history that, while having zero insight into what being a Southerner really means and is. It’s not about race, it’s about roots in real tradition and a common history that no outsider could ever understand. I’m sure I’ll receive heat over this. Just remember, you push us tpo far we’ll push back. You won’t like it I promise.ReplyCancel

  • Connie McLeod - To those who say your commentors aren’t Southerners, well, here I am. I’m from Louisiana. And for my Momma and dem (that’s a Louisiana phrase for those who might not know), my momma was from Texas and my Daddy was from Alabama. So my Southeren roots run very deep. I even took a class on the Civil War at LSU by reknown historian T Harry Williams. So believe me when I say that the Confederate Battle flag is a symbol of hate that reappeared during the 60’s when the South was forced to segregate. As a Southerener, please know it is a symbol of hate and not southern pride. Even Jefferson Davis (the President of the Confederacy) said to take it down when he surrendered. If you don’t believe me, bless your heart and check your history.ReplyCancel

  • Reggie Martin - It would seem, and I believe correctly so, that most of the animosity over the civil war seems to be coming from everywhere else but the South. And contrary to comments on my previous post, there no threats made by me towards anyone. Heather Wilson, I have studied southern history very closely, and what’s being vomited out in schools bears no real resemblance to the truth. No matter how much you wish it revisionist history always fails under it’s own weight. I honor my past by respecting it, do you truly honor yours?ReplyCancel

  • Alana - Exactly, which is why I love your blog.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thank you Alana. And I love readers like you. Much appreciated.ReplyCancel

  • Reggie Martin - Heather, the wuote you refer to is in reference to the Confederate flag true enough, it has absolutely nothing to do with the battle flag that’s the center of so much flak. What I’m seeing is a wave of mental illness in the guise of liberalism, political correctness and animosity towards anyone who decides to actually remember who and where they come from. I also see this as a 1st amendment issue, my right to free speech trumps your non right to be offended. If you don’t like what I say then don’t listen, but I’m saying it anyway. You have the right to disagree with anything I say if you’re so inclined. Personally for me, your opinion just doesn’t matter. Go in peace and enjoy your rainbows and unicorns.ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDianiel - Yes, yes and yes and I live in South Carolina it has gotten crazy. I was working on a post for the 2nd part of camping trip from hell all the way in KY and people were acting just plain stupid. Take it down and move the hell on.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - This too shall pass. There are far more important ‘thing’s for most people to rally around.ReplyCancel

The world really is full-up with great stories- TRUTH is (when you can get ‘it’) much stranger than fiction, and certainly provides superb fodder for thought.   Let me think… (always dangerous)…   Ah yes, this week’s Case In Point: Rachel Dolezal, the Spokane, Washington NAACP administrator who has been masquerading as Black (she prefers […]

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  • Sue - I agree. I can’t get behind her at all. Plus that crazy story she made up about her father being black and the whole family needing to flee the south in the night or else the white police would get after them. She has some psychotic problems.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I hadn’t heard those. I had heard about the living in S. Africa and being born in a teepee! Wow. Like anyone in a position of authority- I’m concerned about the people she may have hurt thru her deception along the way- like her students and her child. Life’s complicated enough and then this. Wow- again.ReplyCancel

  • Ellen Dolgen - I had to turn off the news, as everytime that begin interviewing/talking about this I see these flashing lights that say: BOOK DEAL! The lights are very blinding!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I had never thought about that. Of course….ReplyCancel

  • Joan Harrington - Interesting thought-provoking post 🙂 I guess I really need to think about this one lol I definately do not agree with her that she says she is black when she is clearly white….do not understand why someone would do thatReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - She certainly has issues. I just hope they haven’t hurt anyone else.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - I finally figured out what I think about this. This is a woman with serious problems and that to me means it is not an important discussion at all–it is a woman with problems and TV news needs to stop covering her and let it go away. It is such a waste of air time. Of course, TV news today is a vast wasteland. But I can’t see her as anything but troubled and the news as anything but vultures out to use her.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa at Grandma's Briefs - I’m with ya on the lying. She’s done good things and made an important difference in many ways. But, to me, that’s all negated by her continual lying and avoiding admitting she fudged her way into the position. The gal’s pants are on fire and she’s throwing gas on the flame. Liar, liar.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - ANd yet someone else suggested I threw gas on the fire. I think she’s done that all by herself.ReplyCancel

  • Carolann - I think she is 50 shades of craycray! she is a thief both monetarily and spiritually. Not judging her, just being honest about how I feel about her. she is a family betrayer too which is at the top of her sin list! I’d love to hear about that girlfriend story too…sounds like a doozy lolReplyCancel

  • David Stillwell - I was going to comment but I just don’t see the need to do so.ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - She lied to take a black person’s place. Lies are hurtful, period. As for being a feminist, I am not, but I sure as hell fought for a man’s wage when I was working in the 1970’s and I got them. I had to “prove” myself first, but since I would go into areas to collect that men didn’t have the guts to go into, I did get that wage. There was a vast difference between $249.00 a month and $600.00. And no, I wasn’t the one that made coffee every morning.ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - I have very mixed feelings about this. If her parents hadn’t outed her, would anyone have thought she wasn’t doing a good job in her position? I’m not defending lying but I don’t think we can judge how anyone self-identifies. Not to be punny but I think this whole issue is very complicated and isn’t so black and white.ReplyCancel

  • Angela Hall Weight - I agree with Carol that she’s a very troubled person. I didn’t have as much of a problem with her saying she’s black as I did with her “staging” racial hate mail and actions against her family. That took away any credibility she might have had at what she was trying to do. Other than her lying, I don’t understand why she’s being called an imposter and getting all kinds of flack about identifying as black while Bruce Jenner is winning courage awards. Other than the fact that she wasn’t honest, how are she and Jenner so different? (I’ll go on the record as saying that I don’t agree with identifying as anything other than what you were born, though.)ReplyCancel

  • Roshni - I’m still confused about the whole story, probably because I’m not giving it a whole lot of attention. I’m not sure if she’s mentally troubled or just a deceitful person!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Probably both. I’m sure she’ll be back in front of the camera- eventually. EeGads.ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - She lied and she misled people and that’s it. I am tired of hearing about her, she has some serious problems she needs to work out.ReplyCancel

    For the past few weeks the whole world, it seems, is abuzz with congratulations for Caitlyn Jenner’s coming out.   I’d like to offer my congratulations as well… and confusion.   I’m not morally outraged- so if your’e already building up a head of steam- blow it off someplace else.   It’s always […]

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  • LInda Roy - My next door neighbor and best friend from childhood is a lesbian. Only, I didn’t know it then. I just wondered why she stole my bathing suit when she persuaded me to go skinny dipping and why she always wanted to sit in the basement and look through her older brother’s Hustlers. Was there something in the water in Cleveland? KIDDING!

    When I wrote about this, I went for the “She’s prettier than me” joke, but the more time I’ve had to think about it (about 5 minutes) I realize how much of a disservice that actually does to the transgendered community, because YEAH, put tits on it and all accomplishments go out the window. Exactly. Jon Stewart did a bit on that and it’s true. Welcome to the world of women, Caitlyn. Now check your gold medal at the door.

    I’m confused about the sexual issue too. Is she a lesbian now? Not that there’s anything wrong with that, Jerry. But it’s something we need to put on the syllabus.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I think she is a lesbian now but she says No, it’s more complicated then that. That’s for sure! And CLEVELAND does have a strange water supply. The stories I could tell!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa at Grandma's Briefs - The whole thing is confusing to me on so many levels. But, I firmly believe to each his own and there’s really no need for me (or anyone else) to get it. As long as we’re all kind and compassionate regardless of another’s choice, that’s good enough for me and all I need to understand and support and applaud. (Haters will be haters, unfortunately. Another thing I don’t get.)ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I so agree, but I still want to be more comfortable with this- and education/understanding will help that. I could look the other way, but I’m not sure that’s the direction that will shut-down the haters.ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - I’m with you, Cheryl. She has dodged the question about being a lesbian. Maybe the confusion will be cleared up when her new reality show begins.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Reality shows are our new schools aren’t they. Jesus.ReplyCancel

  • Anita Irlen - We’re all getting an education. What I find interesting is how generally accepting society (except for Clint Eastwood) seems to be, or am I living in a bubble? However, some of those seemingly welcoming and accepting people, are still finding ways to slam Caitlyn, and other transsexual people, by telling them they are not this, they are that, they can’t call themselves this etc. etc. Never fails to surprise me how people want to stake a claim on truth. Let’s just let Caitlyn be Caitlyn.

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    • Cheryl - Yes. I just hope this isn’t all about the proper use of pronouns!ReplyCancel

  • Chris Carter - Oh, do I just LOVE the way you approached this, Cheryl! It made me laugh, and nod my head in total agreement.

    I’m sharpening my pencil too… and I think there will ALWAYS be more lessons to learn in all of this. I think I might need additional tutoring, actually. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thanks Chris. I wanted to express my questions from a more intellectual (hahaha) p-o-v because I’m NOT morally outraged, just not knowing where to put this on the ever expanding sexual spectrum. Thanks for stopping by.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - I completely agree with you and I’m glad for the lesson. I hate the media frenzy and honestly I think she should be allowed to simply be happy. I wish her the best. I don’t have to know the rest.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - But that’s the ‘thing’ I want to understand it all, but if I never get the chance, I just want her to be happy.ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen O'Donnell - You, my friend, have elaborated beautifully on the exact definition of tolerance and empathy. We can be Team Caitlyn without fully understanding her. It’s OKAY to not know everything. We can also be completely fine with things we don’t necessarily agree with. We are unfortunately in an age where no one can disagree or question without the political correctness police tearing us a new one. Bravo, Cheryl.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I am tolerant. I do have empathy for her struggle (past & future) and with my scientific mind I want to know more- I want to understand. Thanks Kathleen. You’re a great cheerleader for me. I appreciate it.ReplyCancel

  • Karen @Baking In A Tornado - I had the exact same questions. I was distressed, during the interview when Bruce stated that he would have stayed married to Kris. It sort of implied less than support by Kris. But Kris is heterosexual and Bruce was becoming a woman. So staying together would have made Kris a lesbian? Yeah, I’ve got a lot to learn too.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - He said he would have stayed married to Kris? I didn’t catch that. Kris must be soooo confused? Was it all an emotional lie?ReplyCancel

  • Janie Emaus - I’m with you on this! When do our lessons start?ReplyCancel

  • Donna Highfill - Yes, it is a bit confusing. I think the best story about this is that Caitlyn can no longer play at the nicer golf course at her club, and must eat in a smaller, cheaper restaurant. Now the story of being a woman begins.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Hodor Greenthal - There are some studies that indicate that taking hormones can have some impact on sexual orientation, but not much. As long as Caitlyn has a penis, sexually she would be a heterosexual. If she has gender reassignment surgery, she would then be a lesbian, assuming she is still attracted to women. The difference is transgender (pre-surgery) vs. transsexual (when the surgical reassignment is done). What matters most is how SHE identifies herself.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Connolly - I’m also puzzled. I missed that part about her not being attracted to men. I just hope she is happy with her choice and can live a fulfilled life now.ReplyCancel

  • Jane Gassner - You said it, sister. I find myself–a genuine, card-carrying Second Wave feminist totally supportive of all aspects of LGBT from the days before they were an acronym–feeling perturbed at the Jenner HooHah circus. Who’s to say what someone feels inside, but really–is this what it took to get centerstage with the Kardashians? Enquiring minds want to know…..ReplyCancel

  • Elena Peters - I came away from the lesson with more questions than answers! Lol I LOVE the line “put tits on it”. How very true.ReplyCancel

  • David Stillwell - I can relate to Caitlyn on many levels. If you consider Bruce, and all that he achieved… the medals, accolades, praise, and adoring fan… then you can see that as he ages all of that disappears. Records, achievements, spotlight… it all fades. It is replaced by NFL stars who beat their wives, Lindsay Lohan and her addiction, and so many other things that REALLY do not matter. I can see Caitlyn as a way to stay current.

    If you consider Bruce as a role. Father, husband, son, brother, etc… you can see that maybe this was not a happy role for him. He maybe makes a better mother, sister, and daughter than he did any of those male role tags.

    The parts of him who have change do not really change who he was/is on the inside. His currently look is merely a more perfect expression of who he is on the inside. Softer, finer, and more feminine.

    Does this have to do with sex? No, not so much. It is more akin reflecting truly who you are without the aspect of Gender. Is he a he or a her? It does not matter, he is Caitlyn and that is all we really need to know.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It was suggested yesterday, on my Twitter feed, that this all had to do with ‘pronouns’ he/her/she/him. This ‘person’ actually sent me a utube video rant. All ‘she’ could talk about was the use of pronouns and how to NOT use them correctly was disrespectful. I thought I had. I answered back by saying something along the line of ‘it can’t be only about the pronouns’. I asked her to tell me more about what led her to this identity. The young girl was silent. Maybe I asked the wrong question. Maybe she was too young to know the answer. Maybe she just had to go to work and didn’t have the time.

      I’m very grateful that YOU took the time to write such a beautifully thoughtful comment. I have a greater understanding because of it. Like always, David, you have expanded my understanding of the world and people.ReplyCancel

      • David Stillwell - I think as a culture we tend to look at boxes. Does it fit in this box, that box, or whatever. We really need new boxes, but first we had best acquire the mindset to accept that the numbers and types of box we currently have are not the complete set.ReplyCancel

        • Cheryl - Yes. The ‘set’ is not complete. I suppose it never will be and that’s part of the journey- both as humans and as a human culture, but tight little boxes are sooo comfy! Hahahaaa.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Curran - OK, I got stuck on the one woman show! I can just see you on stage Cheryl — in your full glory! I love that image :)!

    Personally, I am as taken in by the details of Caitlyn Jenner’s journey as I am by the rest of the clan — that is not at all…. I would much rather go to your one woman show in your magnificent garden. Wouldn’t that be the best?ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I was a very theatrical kid. It’s a wonder that I didn’t go into ‘Theatre’, but then again, maybe I did. I do write this blog. HahahaaaReplyCancel

  • Carolann - Well, you seemed to have summed up exactly how many of us are feeling about this situation. I’m with you – confused! All I know is I wish her good luck and much happiness. I’ve spent more than my allotted 15 mins thinking about her lol.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I think almost everyone feels the same way- Happy for her. I’m really sorta proud of the way everyone in the USA has responded. I think we’re more openminded then we all thought we were. That’s ‘something’ worth talking about.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - LOL at “put a pair of tits on it…” Well, yeah, and I am with Jane, what a friggin circus it’s turned into. Hubby and I were talking that she should have stopped at the Diane Sawyer interview. He was particularly outraged at Jenner’s comment on getting that courage award: “WTF do I wear?” As my husband said, “what a bimbo!” Looks like Caitlin fits right into the Kardashian circus. And also I do love that my hubby so naturally called a transgendered person a bimbo. Just like he would a born-in-the-right-skin bimbo. We’re ok, SHE’S confused!ReplyCancel

  • Selfish Mom - So very confusing. I guess as long as she understands what she’s feeling…ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - You’re right- as long as she does, but since this is so very public, I’m thinking I’d like to understand too! HahaaaaReplyCancel

  • Vashti Quiroz-Vega - Hi Cheryl! You’re not alone. I’m very confused myself and like you, I didn’t grow up in a bubble either. Could being around the ‘Ultra Feminine’ Kardashian women have affected him psychologically? Or did he always feel like a woman trapped in a man’s body?ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It’s seems he always felt like a woman but I’m pretty sure being around all of that estrogen sealed the deal.ReplyCancel

  Today, Ladies and Gentlemen, I have the honor of spouting my shizz on a Holy new blog Extreme Christian.   Cover your head. Dip your fingers in the Holy Water. Make the Signs of the Cross and take a pew.   We’ll drink some Communion Wine.        Tweet

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  • Carolann Iadarola - Oh wow cool heading over now! Love that photo!ReplyCancel

  • Sue Pekarek - Loved this to pieces. You made me think about my catholic school days.ReplyCancel

  • Gary Sidley - If the world is about to end, I couldn’t think of anything nicer than nibbling away at your stoned tomatoes!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I’ll can some and send them Fed Ex.ReplyCancel

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