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text 2017-12-31 18:12
16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 14 - Quaid-e-Azam

Tasks for Quaid-e-Azam: Pakistan’s first leader – Muhammad Ali Jinnah – was a man, but both Pakistan and neighboring India were governed by women (Benazir Bhutto and Indira Gandhi respectively) before many of the major Western countries. Tell us: Who are the present-day or historic women that you most respect, and why? (These can be any women of great achievement, not just political leaders.)


After having sung the praises of my mom and my grandmothers not so long ago, it's probably abundantly clear that these are the women of my personal acquaintance who will always hold my greatest love and respect -- along with my BFF Gaby and my very first chairwoman in the Berlin judiciary, Presiding Judge Wiltrud-Irene Krakau.  Due to a birth defect (a disfigurement of her spine) she was walking bowed long before reaching retirement age, but this did not keep her from investing all her vigour, energy and considerable into her job, which involved chairing a three-judge panel handling both trial level and appellate cases.  I learned from her that great leadership involves empathy, diligence, courtesy, and leading by setting an example -- and that respect is never a one way street, nor is it anything that automatically attaches to a person of authority and can ever be taken for granted.  It is always something to be earned, and it will be earned all the easier the more genuinely it is reciprocated.  Judge Krakau was instrumental in fostering my early career, and although we unfortunately lost contact when she retired from the judiciary and I moved to the U.S., she will always remain one of the persons who have meant the most to me in my entire life.


There are plenty of women of public notice I respect as well -- most of them, for standing (or having stood) their ground in what has been, for the last 2 1/2 millennia or so, fairly thoroughly a man's world.  But except for the last century (or at best, century and a half), the reason that we know about these women at all is, more likely than not, that they were born into an exalted position or attained it by marriage -- a princess who became queen because there were no male heirs to be given preference to her, a dowager queen, countess or other noblewoman who governed in her deceased husband's stead, etc.  While that doesn't minimize their achievements, I have even more respect for women who didn't start with this kind of (albeit questionable) advantage; not least, women writers, particularly the very early female writing pioneers, many of whom had to fight anti-women-writer predjudice (and anti-working-woman prejudice) over, above and in addition to their respective age's ordinary level of mysogyny (not to mention standing up to male competition):

“When [...] one reads of a witch being ducked, of a woman possessed by devils, of a wise woman selling herbs, or even of a very remarkable man who had a mother, then I think we are on the track of a lost novelist, a suppressed poet, of some mute and inglorious Jane Austen, some Emily Brontë who dashed her brains out on the moor or mopped and mowed about the highways crazed with the torture that her gift had put her to. Indeed, I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.”
(Virginia Woolf: A Room of One's Own)
“[I]f you seek in every way to minimise my firm beliefs by your anti-feminist attacks, please recall that a small dagger or knife point can pierce a great, bulging sack and that a small fly can attack a great lion and speedily put him to flight.”
“[S]ince you are angry at me without reason, you attack me harshly with, "Oh outrageous presumption! Oh excessively foolish pride! Oh opinion uttered too quickly and thoughtlessly by the mouth of a woman! A woman who condemns a man of high understanding and dedicated study, a man who, by great labour and mature deliberation, has made the very noble book of the Rose, which surpasses all others that were ever written in French. When you have read this book a hundred times, provided you have understood the greater part of it, you will discover that you could never have put your time and intellect to better use!"
My answer: Oh man deceived by willful opinion! I could assuredly answer but I prefer not to do it with insult, although, groundlessly, you yourself slander me with ugly accusations. Oh darkened understanding! Oh perverted knowledge ... A simple little housewife sustained by the doctrine of Holy Church could criticise your error!”
(Christine de Pizan, Le Débat Sur Le Roman De La Rose)
So, here's to women writers dead and alive!
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text 2017-05-07 15:56
High Standards

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text 2017-04-08 00:44
A Bad Case of Stripes
A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon


Pre k - 2

A Bad Case of Stripes is about a little girl who is not like the rest of the students in her class.  She loves lima beans but does not eat them because the rest of her friends do not like them.  Camilla wants to blend in with the rest of the students, but she can't because she begins to change colors.  Camilla eventually realizes that she does not have to be like the rest of the kids in her class.  She only needs to be herself.   I would use this in my classroom to teach cause and effect.  Because Camilla wanted to fit in and did not eat her lima beans, she got sick and turned colors.  It could also be used to teach respect and acceptance of the differences of others.

5 stars

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review 2017-04-01 01:05
Miss Nelson is Missing
Miss Nelson Is Missing! - Harry Allard,James Marshall

Lexile Level: 340L


So this is book would be good to read to grades 2nd-4th. It starts off with room 207's teacher being out, so they have to have a substitute, Miss Viola Swamp who is not like their teacher at all. She is strict, moody, and she wears all black. When she comes in the room, the kids can tell that she means business, she gives them tons of homework and no story hour. As days passed, the students started to miss Miss Nelson. The students tried to find her, even going to the police, but it was no use, Miss Nelson was no where to  be found. But then one day, instead of hearing Miss Swamp's voice, they heard the sweet teacher they remember coming into the room, Miss Nelson. When she came in she was surprised that not only that they missed her, but they were well behaved. 

I would use this book to show that everyone should be respected the same way and reinforced manner and the respect to teachers and elders. 


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text 2016-11-29 09:02
Authors.me "match" manuscript to non-existent pages, vanity press

Back on November 16, 2016 I had an email from David O'Brien, the founder of Authors.me https://www.authors.me


Authors.me call their site, "The platform that connects writers, agents and publishers to find manuscripts, manage submissions and get books published."


I imagine anyone who has uploaded work unto their site got the same email. Here's what it said:


"We have a lot of major publishers and media companies looking at doing business with us. Every one of them has asked us, "What do your writers say about the service?" Well, I am writing to ask you to put together some honest writer quotes for a presentation I am making.


Here are the categories in my presentation under which I will need a quote. Please feel free to fill in one or more of the categories with your personal quotes (not someone else's). Just type your quote into the space provided below and reply back to me. Be creative and succinct. I will be grateful.


INSPIRE (How AUTHORS.me inspires  you)


ENGAGE  (Your experience working the platform, i.e., easy, hard, comprehensive, etc.)


LIBERATE  (Frees you up to be yourself)


EMPOWER  (How it makes you feel more like a professional writer)


LOVE  (Why you love using AUTHORS.me)



I would also like to hear your thoughts on the new layout. Please note we are not done polishing it, but would still love to hear from you.


Thanks again for being a part of the AUTHORS.me family.



David O'Brien

Founder, AUTHORS.me




I have four of my novels uploaded to this site.


Initially, my understanding was agents and publishers would log on and be able to quickly see if anything caught their interest. Evidently, none of my novels did. I've had no action whatsoever.


After I received this email I checked my work on the site again and I see that Authors.me have found "matches" - a publisher or agent who is looking for a novel similar to mine.


Well, that's encouraging.


A quick check and it becomes apparent this is not quite the case. Take for example, my novel Loving the Terrorist - a contemporary romance with subplot that addresses an important environmental issue (eco-fi).


Fifteen matches yield the following:

- 2 sites where "the page does not exist", ebooks2go, Library Tales

- 2 sites that are without a doubt pay for play - called hybrid but are nothing more than vanity press. BookLogix and Lift Bridge Publishing

- 2 sites that are duplicated equaling four sites. Grand Central/Forever Yours and Skyhorse - and by the way, Skyhorse is not accepting romantic fiction.

- which also goes for Lamar University Press - not accepting genre fiction

- Bound , is a company that claims "we deliver stories in an easy-to-engage format that combines prose fiction, stunning visuals, and dramatic audio." Huh?


Sixty percent actually don't match, don't even exist or want me to pay to publish my book. Of the others, they’re accepting “adult romantic fiction”, not specifically my novel.


 I sent these findings to David because he said said he'd love to hear from me and it would be rude not to respond to someone who considers me "part of the family".


Just for the hell of it I hit the submit button on five "matches" that seemed legitimate. According to the tracking window of the site my work has been declined by one agent.


Only one publisher has sent me an email to acknowledge that they received my submission.


So there you have it – no inspiration, no liberation, no empowerment, no love - and no response.


But then isn't that just like family.


Stay calm, be brave, watch for the signs





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