Kathy Copeland Padden
Political junkie, history buff, and music freak spending the End Times alternating betweencrankiness and bemusement. Come along! It's fun!
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.
The Special Quality of Hell
“Perfect purity is po ssible if you turn your life into a line of poetry written with a splash of blood.” — Yukio Mishima
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.