“A writer is someone who is interested in all the arts, in politics, and of course the psychology of people. Someone passionate about everything.”
– Susan Sontag, Radio France Interview (“Regarding Susan Sontag,” from HBO)

An excerpt from the latest book by Taylor Marsh:

…It’s one thing to want a traditional relationship in the old-fashioned sense of the word. That type of traditional relationship often doesn’t make room for a woman who has her own life and career going for her, too. If you’re self-employed, you have a better chance of juggling everything, but if not, some careers are very competitive, and women have to sacrifice a lot to have them, including time with their children. It’s also not like the workplace is a friendly place for women who still have most of the responsibilities at home. This can often mean the man has to pick up the slack and be graceful while doing it. The woman still sacrifices a lot for her choice to have a marriage, children and a career, which some people describe as “having it all.” […] …The age issue is critical, because in American society it’s seen as gross to hear or have a discussion about older women and men being sexually active. There is almost a cultural lust for media reports and storylines that celebrate hot, young passion. That two people over fifty would be using erotic movies, sex toys and fashion to excite one another has been traditionally seen as unseemly. Sex once was thought to be unimportant for women over fifty, which is likely why so many men over fifty were starting second families. […]

Podcast: Book introduction audio and commentary of "The Sexual Education of a Beauty Queen - Relationship Secrets from the Trenches.

Podcast: Introductory book audio reading, with commentary, from The Sexual Education of a Beauty Queen – Relationship Secrets from the Trenches.

Latest Romney Truism: ‘I have some great friends that are NASCAR team owners.’

Rick Santorum has a car with his name on it. Mitt Romney has great friends who are “team owners.” Perhaps that’s the tale of the GOP nomination at this point.

But we […]

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Newt Can’t Compete in Michigan or Arizona, Turns to Railing about ‘Secular Left’

There isn’t much of a “left,” let alone a “secular left.” However, it does give you a idea of how irrelevant Rick Santorum has made Newt Gingrich.

Gingrich’s rallying cry is the last […]

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The Radically Religious Politics of Rick Santorum

We in the United States, above all, must remember that lesson, for we were founded as a nation of openness to people of all beliefs. And so we must remain. Our very unity has […]

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Clinton Blasts Russia and China on Syria; NATO Pulls Advisers Out of Kabul After 2 U.S. Officers Killed

Secy. Clinton’s statement on Syria from Friday is unequivocal. “The entire world, other than Russia and China, were willing to recognize we must take international action against the Syrian regime,” Clinton said. She went […]

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Mitt Romney Minute: Just a Couple of Cadillacs? And a Ford Field Fumble.

Art offers his perspective as a movement progressive activist.

I think we can use Britney Spear’s anthem “Oops I did it again” as Mitt Romney’s theme song. Mitt was declared the “winner” of the […]

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Queer Talk: Obama administration and “gay rights are human rights”

Joyce L. Arnold, Liberally Independent, Queer Talk, equality activist, writer.

Before getting to the Obama administration: Thursday, the Maryland Senate followed the House’s earlier approval of a bill making marriage of same gender […]

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Dash of Dan: Mini Chocolate Oreo Cheesecakes

Cheesecake.

One of my favorite shows (ever) is the “Golden Girls.”

Whenever the girls reminisce or have a group pow-wow, cheesecake is the immediate vicinity. And just like that, problems were solved and good times ensued.

But […]

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Political Junky Fun, with Amy and Seth

How was your week?

Have some fun this weekend.

Anyone planning to watch the Oscars? I fell in love with “Hugo.” …out of the love between a father and his daughter, quite lovely.

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Horror in Homs, Torture Reported Across Syria

The Red Cross has reached the city of Homs. Juan Cole retweeted the link for the video above, as “Friends of Syria” try to maneuver a way through this cricis, which will not […]

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