“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.

Queer Talk: Mayors for Marriage Equality

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

Freedom to Marry, an organization working for marriage equality, recently announced a new campaign: Mayors for the Freedom to Marry. About 100 mayors “” […]

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Dash of Dan: Black Bottom Brownies

On the Dash of  Dan Facebook page, I posted a poll, asking how people like their brownies.

I find people fall into three categories, chewy, fudgy, or cakey.

What I like about this recipe, it’s mostly […]

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Newt’s Rube

But this whole thing isn’t really about Newt Gingrich vs. Mitt Romney. It is about the GOP establishment vs. the Tea Party grassroots and independent Americans who are sick of the politics of personal […]

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A Word About the ‘Israel Firster’ Debate

From Spencer Ackerman in The Tablet:

Some on the left have recently taken to using the term “Israel Firster” and similar rhetoric to suggest that some conservative American Jewish reporters, pundits, and policymakers are more […]

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What Americans Think About Wealth & Romney

Mitt Romney has pulled ahead in Florida. However, his long slog hasn’t even begun with the American people.

Romney finally released his tax returns on Thursday, revealing a 2010 income of $27 million and a […]

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Peanut Gallery: Brewer’s Finger in Obama’s Face

“I’m usually accused of not being intense enough, right,” he told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer, laughing. “Too relaxed.” … I think it’s always good publicity for a Republican if they’re in an argument with […]

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Jacksonville is Mittville

A Palestinian Republican? Check.

A question about the candidate’s wives, none of whom actually work, which is a much different circumstance than 99% of the families in this country.

The words “manufacturing” and “blue collar” weren’t […]

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Gunfight at the GOP Corral

“… I have not been critical of Newt Gingrich but it is now time to take a stand before it is too late. If Gingrich is the nominee it will have an adverse impact […]

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Hillary Clinton has Attended Last SOTU as Obama’s SoS

“I think after 20 years — and it will be 20 years — of being on the high wire of American politics and all of the challenges that come with that, it would be […]

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