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Paycheck Gap is Real

On August 23, 2012, carolyn V. Brown of the League of Women Voters wrote an editorial to honor Women’s Equality Day titled “Equality – There is work to be done.” The op-ed talked about the issues still facing women, including the paycheck gap. In the comments section below, “noroadfugtive” disputed the idea of a wage gap between the genders, quoting Steve Tobak in a CBS News piece.

All the news that fits

This blog is a place for, among other things, news that doesn’t quite fit in the paper for one reason or another. Here are two of the items that have been building up this summer in my electronic “Out” basket:

• A cautionary tale about a bear and a scooter

Two nice young newlyweds who came to town to work as seasonals moved into the Starr Hill area and were immediately warned about the bears.  This couple shared a dangerous dream — they really wanted to see bears. They kept their eyes peeled but not a bear was to be seen.

And Miles To Go Before I Sleep

It all started innocently enough. The weather forecast was perfect and Scott and I had the day off together, so we decided to go for a hike up Blackerby Ridge. If we started early enough, we could easily get up Cairn Peak and then over to Observation Peak, which I had never climbed. This was the plan – a good effort, a new peak for me, and a beautiful late summer day spent high in the mountains.

Staying alive while driving in England

This summer was all about travel. We signed up for a Grand Circle Travel boat trip from Honfleur to Paris on the Seine, a pre-trip tour of London and a post-trip tour of Paris. Our plan was to go to England a week early, rent a car, see the sights, and then join our tour in London. A highlight would be a few days in Tottington, north of Manchester, to meet my husband Doug’s distant relatives on his grandmother’s side. So, it was to be seven days of touring, genealogy, and fun.

The Overseas Experience

            In the midst of a large crowd of a wide spread mixture of nationalities, languages, and unique cultural “swags”, I stood in line at the Newark International Airport waiting to pass through security when it finally hit me… The time had finally come to pack up my bags and begin my next journey. Although still in America, the flurry of non-American cultures was overwhelming and sort of gave me that Wizard of Oz “we’re not in Kansas anymore” type feeling.

Love and marriage

Almost every week I have the pleasure of handling engagement, wedding and anniversary announcements. The photos are often of two people looking lovingly at one another, almost with giant sparkles in their eyes, or a couple with arms wrapped around one another like they want to never let go, or sometimes it is of two people with laughing smiles and eyes squinting because, obviously, they find joy in each other's company. 

The [filtered word] Riot Women and the Tank Man

2012 August 18 Blog

The [filtered word] Riot Women and the Tank Man in Tiananmen Square

A stretch? Maybe, but when I looked at the images of the three young women musicians in the group called [filtered word] Riot seated in the glass “Aquarium” of that Moscow courtroom, I began to think of other pivotal moments when somebody totally unexpected caught the attention of the world.

Back to Bullard After 38 Years

Back in the early 1970’s, a girlfriend and I decided to try and climb Mt. Bullard, which is the first big mountain to the right side of the glacier as you are looking from the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. We went up the West Glacier trail, crossed the Mendenhall Glacier and camped on the low shoulder of the mountain. The weather was hot and sunny, and this being the early 70’s, we did not know much about proper hydration and sun protection.

Let's face it. Facebook's here to stay.

Let’s face it. Facebook’s here to stay.

It’s hard to get my mind around the impact Facebook has had in the world, and on the way we keep in touch with people. The revolutionaries in Egypt used it to overthrow their government. The Syrian Free Press Facebook page provides “uprising updates”. Famous people have Facebook pages created for them as “Public Figures” whether they want it or not.  Reporters grab quotes from politicians’ Facebook pages. Facebook is, well, in your face.

The Impact of Title IX on Women Athletes in the OIympics and Our Town

This has been a great year for women in the Olympics. In sport after sport, we've seen women break records and inspire millions of spectators around the world. There are women competitors from small countries that I need to Google, and women from the biggies like the United States, China and Russia.

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