Jean's Take

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Kudos to Murkowski and to Alaska!

The votes are in!  Lisa Murkowski just won her Senate seat in Alaska!  It’s no small feat to be elected as a write-in candidate; in fact, it’s no small feat these days for a woman to win an election, much less–a woman write-in?  There are only 17 women in the Senate, including Murkowski.  I don’t believe in voting for a woman just because she’s a woman, but if she’s qualified, the fact that she’s a woman should weigh heavily.  Women think different.  We’re a balance for men.  Isn’t that why we exist?  Christine de Pisan, the early Renaissance poet and writer. wrote in her book , City of Ladies, that we are more inclined to seek peace, to be the means of peace and concord, to work for the avoidance of war because of the trouble that can come of it.  Ladies in particular ought to attend to this business, for men are by nature more courageous and more hot-headed; and the great desire they have to avenge themselves prevents their considering either the perils or the evils that result from war.  But women are by nature more timid and also of a sweeter disposition and for this reason, if they are wise and if they wish to, they can be the best means of pacifying men. Don’t you love it?!  I rest my case.

I’m thinking that this could also mean that Alaska is getting tired of Sarah Palin telling them what to do?  That maybe they wanted to show that Palin and Alaska aren’t the same thing?  That the nasty little section of the “Tea Partiers” that Joe Miller represented isn’t even a ‘Tea Party’ that they can believe in.  I love Alaska! I was there and it’s fresh and clean, proud and tough.  In fact, I’m going to write a Blog about my visit there.   Isn’t it also time for Bristol to go home?

P.S.  Read Gail Collins essay “Alaska Speaks. Finally. NYTime 11/18


Nutley AAUW and the Cello

I gave a book talk on my special theme of a woman becoming what she can be.  It was at the seasonal kick-off dinner for the Nutley Chapter of AAUW.  I think I passed on my enthusiasm.  While I was signing books a woman came up and stated.  “I’ve decided I’m going to learn to play the cello!”  We all looked at her, thinking that she might be joking, for I had said that when you ask yourself, “What about me?”  you don’t have to ‘run off and join the circus,’ you just have to think of ‘me’–what do I want?  Women are innately nurturers. We don’t think of ourselves first.  My son’s wife told me a story she had read about a woman who went to get a pickle out of the refrigerator and there was only one left.  She didn’t take it in case her husband or one of her children wanted it.  Her husband came in, went to the refrig. and thought nothing of taking the pickle.  That’s just the way it is.  But when a woman asks herself ‘What about me?’, she still may not eat the last pickle–but she might learn to play the cello.What about you?  What do you want to do?  Do you want to play the cello, or just be someone who never eats that pickle.


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