here’s a post for International Women’s Day.
with music by the great tormented free-soul deep female genius of ms. Janis Joplin.
turn it up!
oh that’s l o v e l y.
firstly: Proper Credit is due to Ms. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich for her deeply delicious quote:
well-behaved women seldom make history
which adorns many a bumper sticker in los angeles (and especially portland and our cousins further north in seattle who drive trucks) and t-shirt these days but originally was part of an essay that the learned professor wrote and ended up as the title of a book she wrote on the subject.
so let us share with You a conversation we had with someone of very not-so-advanced-age-at-all last week somewhere above the Hollywood Hills not far away from the Sunset Strip:
for example, the suffragettes are an example of women who stood up to be counted.
the s u f f r a g e t t e s……
seriously? you’ve never heard of the suffragettes?
did you know that women didn’t have the Vote until the early 1900s?
who said we couldn’t have it?
governments in most countries around the world.
time for some prep/homework assignments (if we gave them, which we do not)
wow. (goes off to look intently at mobile device)
this conversation (which shocked but not surprised us) actually gave us pause for thought (always an excellent idea)
and we looked at our bookshelves heavy and poignant with the words of women who took the radical step of Writing out their Lives.
(more here from the inestimable “bookslut” on the life of Ms. Schwarzenbach)
and the more Eagle-Eyed of you (and we know you are now legion – *shivers*) may have spotted the Translator (we ADORE a translator) happened to drop by to say hello when we last mentioned her subject’s work.
the sheer intensity of Ms. Schwarzenbach (we hesitate to call her by her first name although we feel sure she’d be slyly amused by the use of her initials so “AM” it is) is evidence of a Life Recorded (in albeit much terror and inward searching but these are most valuable too – especially when one is on the Open road and heading somewhere Foreign and dusty and glorious……
talking of lives unknown.
when you’re driving (or being driven if the car is not yours but a hansom cab or perhaps a limo for special occasions, hope it’s a Bentley – the ride is so s m o o t h in one of those as we recall) do you look left and suddenly wonder Who Lives There? and What Are Their Lives Like?
while twinkle lights engender a sense of Possibility and ease – especially if one has the good Fortune to live in that powder pink almost Ms. Schiaparelli hot vermillion shade house to the bottom right.
when women Write they tell what it is like to Be.
dreams bring forth inspiration.
(thank you to Adriana at NonStop Printing who helped us with our card order yesterday)
and inspiration brings to light many things.
including how to witness and help Others tell their stories.
which Might Well include doing so in glorious places, for example, *coughs*, on the island of Deia off Majorca next month.
who-we-are-in-RL is super intense looking isn’t she? ;-)
and now – as we wind down this special post for women’s day, let’s hear from the extraordinary Nina Simone.
oh, you’re most welcome.
rock those speakers and close your eyes and let her divine rage seep into your veins and inspire you to go out and do something.
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
have a nice nap.
and then don’t forget to write later.
we need your stories.