Kathy Copeland Padden
Political junkie, history buff, and music freak spending the End Times alternating betweencrankiness and bemusement. Come along! It's fun!
“There is a fixed and pale composure upon the features; she seems sad and stricken down in spirit, yet the despair thus expressed is lightened by the patience of gentleness … The lips have that permanent meaning of imagination and sensibility which her suffering has not repressed … Her eyes, which we are told were remarkable for their vivacity, are swollen with weeping and lustreless, but beautifully tender and serene. In the whole mien there is a simplicity and dignity which, united with her exquisite loveliness and deep sorrow, are inexpressibly pathetic.” – Shelley on Guido Reni’s portrait of Beatrice Cenci
That 70s Swagger
What happened to rock and roll? When did it become so antiseptic and prissy? Maybe I'm showing my age, but I lament the death of rock music as I always knew it. I don't need corporate-sponsored spectacle. Where's the grit? Where's the heart? Where's the groove?
The Spare is the Heir
In general, the second sons of British monarchs have a pretty sweet life, enjoying all the royal perks with far less responsibility. The spares aren't destined for the throne so they're free to pursue personal happiness (to a certain extent, anyway). Aside from ribbon cutting, tree planting, and balcony waving, their royal duties are pretty limited.
Stop Slut-Shaming Anne Boleyn
Anne Boleyn is one of the most misunderstood women in history. She is most often portrayed as a scheming, self-serving seductress who got what was coming to her. But this assessment is grossly unfair when one considers the circumstances of her life and the mores of the times.
The Iron Waif: Marianne Faithfull
She’s probably best remembered as Mick Jagger’s 1960s girlfriend. Or the “girl wrapped in the fur rug” at the 1967 house party when the Rolling Stones were famously busted for drugs. Or the ethereal blonde beauty who was a muse to the best rock and roll band in the world when they were at their peak. But Marianne Faithfull is far more than an ex-concubine to a classic rock god. She’s an accomplished singer, songwriter, actress, and author in her own right.
Beyond Depraved: LaLaurie Mansion’s Death Attic
On the evening of April 10, 1834, a fire broke out in an elegant three-story mansion in New Orleans’ French Quarter. The rescuers found a slave woman chained in the kitchen who admitted to deliberately setting the blaze. She felt it was worth the risk of dying in a fire to escape further torture at the hands of Madame LaLaurie, the lady of the house. After the authorities released her, she led them to the attic where worse horrors awaited them.
All Children Deserve Free School Lunch
The number of American children living in food-insecure households continues to grow at an alarming rate. This is a public health crisis of epic proportions as proper nutrition is necessary not only for a healthy body but a healthy mind.
Shirley Chisholm, Catalyst of Change, Progressive Bad Ass
Before there was Hillary or Liz or Kamala, there was Congresswoman, civil rights activist, social reformer, and educator Shirley Chisholm. She broke through the formidable racial and gender barriers of the 1960s and 1970s and made it look easy.
Laziness Takes Work:
Greetings, fellow listless lumps, and listless lump wanna-be. Today we’ll explore a few tips and tactics to have a gloriously unproductive day. Like, beyond your wildest dreams unproductive. Like, your family will check your pulse unproductive. A tall order, but with a little practice, you too can contort on the couch all day, clutching the clicker like a lover.
Who Was Sadie Hawkins and Why Does She Have a Dance Named After Her?
Sadie Hawkins’ Day, which evolved into an American folk holiday, doesn’t originate from a dance at all, but rather from a fictional race. Much like the Great Pumpkin, Sadie is a pop-culture phenomenon spawned from what we old folks used to call the Funnies.
Niceness in Ten Almost Painless Steps
Because those who can’t do, teach. And that would be me so, here we go kids. Offer Compliments Rule Number One. People love to hear how awesome they are. So, in your quest to be nice, try to find something commendable about everyone is your orbit, even if they are the biggest bungholes to ever roam the planet. Yes, I know that’s not nice, but you’re the one trying to earn the halo here, not me.