“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.

Financial Shenanigans Amid Gingrich-Romney War

It’s happy days on Wall Street, while main street struggles on.

In the Obama era, like the Bush era, Wall Street is an alternate financial reality.

While the political world is riveted on Newt Gingrich’s win […]

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Where Davos Meets Dueling Narratives on Possible Bank Deal

The idea was to get a settlement with these banks that could bring in billions of dollars in aid for hundreds of thousands of troubled homeowners who’d been served faulty foreclosure documents, some of […]

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Chris Christie: ‘Gingrich has embarrassed the party…’

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Mitt Romney needed a strong interview with Chris Wallace today and he got one. Romney communicated easily for the first time in […]

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Newt Gingrich Can’t Beat Barack Obama

NEWT GINGRICH WINS SOUTH CAROLINA

Memo to GOP Star Chamber. RE: Not Losing the *(&#! House and Senate GOP Majority w/ Newt Disaster. Time for a Secret Meeting. – Mike Murphy tweet

UPDATE (10:00 p.m.): Once […]

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Sissy Farenthold Speaks Truth to Power on What We Must Do to Save America

Art offers his perspective as a movement progressive activist.

“I am working for the time when unqualified blacks, browns and women join the unqualified men in running our government.” – Sissy Farenthold

This week, as […]

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Queer Talk: Around the states, queer things are happening

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

We have a good idea what the GOP wannabe’s and what Mr. Obama think about LGBT equality. But there’s a lot going on at […]

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Dash of Dan: Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

 

When I was a kid, early in the morning I used to scurry to the kitchen, while everyone was asleep, take a plain slice of Wonderbread, and slather Jif peanut butter on that sucker.

Years […]

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Our Womb is Finally Equal (at least for now)

Most healthcare plans will be required to cover birth control without charging co-pays or deductibles starting Aug. 1, the Obama administration announced Friday. The final regulation retains the approach federal health officials proposed last […]

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Gingrich Soars on Wings of Obama Fluffing Media*

*See note below

“The liberal media,” she added, “and some of that GOP holier-than-thou machine overplayed their hand this time. … I call them “˜dumb arses,'” she said. … “Their target in this case, Newt,” […]

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