A Rose by any other name

I’m one of those old folks who start the day by reading the local paper. And we’re lucky here in New Orleans that we still have a daily paper – The Advocate. The other long time local paper, the Times Picayune, has gone like so many others to 3 printings a week, which doesn’t work for me.

So this beautiful, clear, and chilly January morning, I’m skipping through the dozens of society page pictures of smiling young women in white dresses holding flowers. This is not only Carnival season where the krewes post pictures of their Queen and her court of princesses and pages (there are a few guys in tuxedos, too), but also it’s debutant season. Don’t ya just love it?

The debs are featured with biographies, including their lineage, colleges attending, and both formal shots and casual ones, often taken under the oak trees in City Park or with their horses. The best part is one of these young women–ages 18-21–is likely chosen Queen of Carnival. The King of Carnival, however, is a white-haired old fart–a businessman, banker, lawyer, or philanthropist-type, but not politicians. Perfect, right? These guys are old enough to be these women’s grandfathers.

All the photographers happy, as well as the dressmakers, hair stylists, makeup specialists, and florists. But what struck me this morning was the variety of first names for the young women and girls–kids as young as 6 or 7 are involved.

We have the usual collection of Marys, Susans, Emilys, and Graces. Yet, I found Carter, Stirling, Everett, Peyton, Marley, and the most amazing name for a beautiful, blonde, young lady–Kingsland!

What the hell were her parents thinking?

Alice is in the House! Please Welcome Alice Abel Kemp to the Blogathon!

Alice Kemp

Say hi to Alice Abel Kemp!

I asked Alice to talk about herself, and she very kindly opened up in all kinds of fun ways.
Take it away, Alice!

 What I want readers to know: I would like readers to know that I have a passionate commitment to women’s equality. Trained as a research sociologist, my dissertation and subsequent research publications focused on women—why their earnings remain low compared to men’s, the effects of job segregation, and the burdens of poverty. I am most proud of a textbook I published in 1994—Women’s Work: Degraded and Devalued. I still receive small royalties for reprints although the book is long out of print.

I loved teaching women’s studies classes. Just this summer I heard from a former student that my class from over twenty years ago transformed her life. She’s now an Associate Dean of Business at a big university in New…

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Persistence Prevails When All Else Fails—Being an Outlaster

this posting from the famous Kristen Lamb is really excellent. But don’t read it if you like to procrastinate. Alice

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Monday we talked about The DIP, so it seemed like a good idea to talk about being an OUTLASTER. I had years of honing this skill. Some of you may not know, but I dropped out of high school twice. 

***Note: I am the reason for the current Texas truancy laws :D .

Returning to high school and graduating at 19 was seriously humbling. My GPA was so low, my classes (very literally) were one step above Special Ed. When I took my SAT, the scores were so bad, I thought they might check me for a pulse.

Really glad they gave me some points for spelling my name correctly, LOL.

After a year and a half of junior college I won an Air Force scholarship to TCU to become a doctor. Six months in, the school didn’t close when we had a bad ice storm and I slipped…

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Is Romance Devolving?—50 Shades vs. No One Puts Baby in a Corner

This thoughtful blog by Kristin Lamb is well worth reading, especially since she is critical of 50 Shades. Thank God somebody is.

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I’d hoped I wouldn’t have to go here, but alas, here we are. Today, 50 Shades of Grey the MOVIE will open for…*record screech* Valentine’s Day. Nothing says I love you like predatory emotional manipulation, sociopathy, abuse and non-consensual sex acts.

Find THAT on a Hallmark card.

And yes, I know there have been other kinky books like this, but 50 Shades sold over 100 million copies and the movie (despite ZERO plot) is expected to gross in excess of $60 million which means I just threw up a little in my mouth this “story” has tipped from fringe to mainstream and that scares me more than a little bit.

No, I didn’t read the book. I don’t need to. Nor do I need to watch gang-rape prison porn to know it probably is unhealthy for the future of women (or even men)…

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What’s Up, Y’all?

Good Morning from sunny New Orleans.  Looks like we’ll have good weather for Mardi Gras. A little cool, but Goddess Willing, no rain.

I keep intending to write blogs more often, and I’ve done several guest blogs lately. I have one coming on Mardi Gras day (February 17 for you heathens) with Terry O’Dell, http://terryodell.com/terrysplace/  A second was yesterday with Becky Neely http://www.rebeccaeneely.com/blog.html. And a third coming on Feb. 25 with Vicki Batman  http://vickibatman.blogspot.com/ Whew. I’ll put out a twitter for the two upcoming ones. But baby, they take a lot of time. The one with Vicky is about my crochet work. That was fun. This is a sample of some shawls I’ve made lately. Watch for the blog postings..2015-01-09 11.45.08

I also have a twitter account. Do you? Wayne, my husband, set mine up with this handle:  @Dr_AAK

What fun. I actually use it.  Recently, I twittered (love the new verbs–googled, emailed, facebooked)  about a four-star review I received for The Taste of Her, from Night Owl Reviews — see the sexy and creepy book cover to the right? Here’s a link to the review: http://bit.ly/1KOeb1y .  I use bitly.com to shorten long links for twitter, especially.

But the reviewer said: “I loved the ending. It was just deserts.” She’s referring to a scene at the end of the book where the bad guy is in Orleans Parish Prison and not having a good time. (-:  The reviewer goes on to say “this (is) an awesome read.”  Check it out in full, and better yet, Buy the Book.

Am almost fully recovered for hip replacement surgery in December. I can tell you. Hips are easier than knees, no kidding. I still have more sessions with the physical therapist, and am off to go this afternoon. Tony works me hard.

Leave a comment if you have a chance. I’m committed to having some traffic here.

Have a great day!