Thursday, November 30, 2006

A Hot Topic: Homebirth

I read the Imperfect Parent pretty regularly. I read the blog just as much. Occasionally, I'll click the little box at the end of the article to be notified of any future comments on that particular piece.

One that I've been keeping an eye on is Jessica Carlson's Homebirths: Natural or Foolish. The subject itself is a hot topic anyway, producing passionate opinions on both sides: Homebirth vs. hospital birth. The article is certainly getting alot of press in terms of comments and such (including this post). She made the comment of 'wanting to incite some controversy'. I think she has, for better or worse.
To make such generalizations about a group of women and calling them 'Foolish' for a choice they think is right for them, you better be prepared for some sort of retaliation, whether it be mild or otherwise abrasive.

I've written something about this particular article before and had much of the same thoughts as most of the commenters. This piece still gets to me sometimes (obviously, or I wouldn't write about it again).

Birth defects on the rise? Check this out.
Infant Mortality? America's Health: State Health Rankings



Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The Final Installment...Boring or Not...For Now

-White Oleander, Janet Fitch
-Anne Sexton, Dianne Middlebrook
-Reviving Ophelia, Mary Pipher
-The American Night, Jim Morrison
-Birdsong, Rumi
-Monday or Tuesday, Viginia Woolf
-The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
-Hamlet, Shakespeare
-Delta of Venus, Anais Nin
-The Prophet, Khalil Ghibran
-No Evil Star, Anne Sexton
-The Collected Poems of Rotheke
-Anne Sexton, A Portrait in Letters
-The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
-The Most Beautiful Woman In Town, Charles Bukowski
-Anne Sexton, The Complete Poems
-The Poet's Companion, Addonizio
-Under the Tuscan Sun, Frances Mayes
-The Practice of Poetry, Robin Behr
-Anais Nin, A Biography, Dierdre Bair
-Sylvia Plath: Method and Madness, Edward Butscher
-Words For The Wind, Theodore Rotheke

Monday, November 27, 2006

What? There's More?!

Yes...another installment of THE LIBRARY-

-The Hot Zone, Richard Preston
-The Day Women Got The Vote, George Sullivan
-The Encyclopedia of Palmistry, Edward D. Campbell
-Women In Medieval/Renaissance Europe, Susan Hill Gross and Marjorie Wall Bingham
-Women Writers of the West Coast, Marilyn Yalom
-Sylvia Plath Journals
-Selected Poems of Thomas Merton
-100 Most Important Women of the 21st Century, Ladies Home Journal
-Henry and June, Anais Nin
-The French Lieutenant's Woman, John Fowles
-Her Husband, Diane Middlebrook
-Sylvia Plath Collected Poems
-Ariel (New Edition), Sylvia Plath
-Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom;Christiane Northrup
-The Chalice and the Blade, Riane Eisler
-Letters Home: Sylvia Plath
-Venus Envy, Elizabeth Haiken (The history of cosmetic surgery. Better have a strong stomach for this one!)
-All Families Are Psychotic, Douglas Coupland
-Kama Sutra, Anne Hooper
-The Witching Hour, Anne Rice
-Lasher, Anne Rice
-The Mummy, or Ramses the Damned, Anne Rice
-Between Two Lines, Lawrence M Hauptman (Discusses the role of the Native American during the Civil War)
-The Glance, Rumi
-A Backwards Glance, Edith Wharton
-The Queen of the Damned, Anne Rice
-The Complete Poems of Emily Dickenson
-Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
-Possession, A.S. Byatt
-Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen
-Writing A Woman's Life, Natalie Goldberg
-Writing Down The Bones, Natalie Goldberg
-The Death and Life of Sylvia Plath, Ronald Hayman
-Wild Minds, Natalie Goldberg
-It's the Little Things, Lena Williams
-The Orchid Thief, Susan Orlean (I am just now reading the book after how many years??? Fantastic, though)

Sunday, November 26, 2006

People I'd Like To Meet-Dead or Alive

An ever changing and growing list....

I've noticed, as I go through the list compiled in my head over the years on the above subject, that most are musicians and writers and such. Not surprising, really.

-Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull. Amazing lyricist. If I ever had the chance to actually meet him, I imagine the only words that would come out of my mouth-there would be no stopping them-Oh my god! You ROCK! Of course, I'd like to think I could be all calm and collected about it. I'd love to see him in concert before he retires.

-Sylvia Plath. Yes, think what you like about that one. Very much a wordsmith.

-Carlos and Deborah Santana. Carlos because he rocks on the guitar like nothing else and Deborah because she has done so much amazing things in terms of human rights.

-Gary Oldman. Truly a great actor. A chameleon of character.

-Daniel Day-Lewis
. I first saw him in Last of the Mohicans. I began to really appreciate his talent after I saw him in Gangs of New York. Then, one day recently, I finally saw Room With A View. Wow. Talk about versatility. You would never guess it was the same person from all three movies.

To Be Continued...

Monday, November 13, 2006

This Will Either Bore You Endlessly, Or Not (4)

Yes, another installment of my library.

-The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, A.E. Waite
-Watership Down, Richard Adams
-A Spy In The House Of Love, Anais Nin
-The Great and Secret Show, Clive Barker
-The Plumed Serpent, D. H. Lawrence
-The Bostonians, Henry James
-The Idiot, Dostoevsky
-The Voice of the Poet (Recording), Sylvia Plath
-The Voice of the Poet (Recording), Anne Sexton
-The Hobbit, JRR Tolkein
-Lady Chatterley's Lover, D. H. Lawrence
-20,001 Names For Baby, Carol Mc D Wallace
-Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
-Pride and Predjudice, Jane Austen
-Taltos, Anne Rice
-the Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan
-How to Use Tarot Spreads, Sylvia Abraham
-Belinda, Anne Rice
-Webster's Dictionary
-The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics
-The New York Public Library Desk Reference
-The Short Handbook for Writers; Schiffhorst, Schell
-2006 Poet's Market
-2007 Writer's Market
-1491, Charles C. Mann
-Old Maids to Radical Spinsters, Laura L. Doan
-Tender Is The Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald
-Sexual Personae, Camille La Paglia
-French Bilingual Dictionary
-Little Birds, Anais Nin
-Aspects of the Novel, E. M. Forster
-Characters and Viewpoints, Orson Scott Card
-Amy Vanderbilt's Complete Book of Etiquette, (1950's)
-Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry, J. D. Mc Clatchy
-The Awakening, Kate Chopin
-Self-Reliance and Other Essays, Ralph Waldo Emerson
-French Women Don't Get Fat, Mireille Guiliano
-Eat Right For Your Type, Peter J. D'Adamo
-Heal Your Body, Louise L. Hay
-Promiscuities, Naomi Wolf

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Stay Away From The Artificial Sweeteners! Run Away!!

We all know artificial sweeteners are Evil. Why do we continue to consume them?
And-why can't I just have a piece of fucking gum without this shit in it? Just regular sugar in my gum for me, thank you. Seriously- I can't do gum at all because all of it has some sort of artificial sweetener in it. I'm quite pissed about that.

I understand some people just can't have sugar, and diabetics need to have a certain diet that contains little sugar, etc.
But what about the rest of us? We don't need it. It doesn't need to be in everything.

People, don't you know it's all evil(Nutrasweet, Aspartame, Equal, Sweet n' Low, Splenda) , that it causes all sorts of crazy shit? Headaches, Cancer, for fuck's sake? Stuff we probably aren't aware of?

Take a look at these:
Aspartame-'the most dangerous of all'
This gives an overview on most of the sweeteners, gives side effects of Aspartame and introduces a book by Janet Hull titled Is Splenda Safe? Very informative.

Wikipedia's article on Sugar Substitutes.

Artificial Sweeteners and Cancer: Q and A
(from Cancer.gov)

Okay...So what would it take to get all brands of artificial sweetener out of our food, gum, candy, etc, etc.?

Monday, November 06, 2006

This Will Either Bore You Endlessly, Or Not (3)

My Library (Part 3)

-The Last of the Mohicans, James Fennimore Cooper
-Snow Falling On Cedars, David Guterson
-Women of the Beat Generation, Brenda Knight
-Trading Up, Candace Bushnell
-Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier
-Women of the Republic, Linda K. Kerber
-The New Diary, Justine Rainer
-Shopgirl, Steve Martin
-Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser
-Astrology For Beginners, Hewitt
-Numerology For Beginners, Bauer
-Harry Potter (series), J.K. Rowling
-Women Who Run With The Wolves, Clarissa Pinkola Estes
-Ain't I A Woman, Linthewaite
-The Diaries of Anais Nin. Vols. 1,2,3,4
-Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden
-Naked, David Sedaris
-Lunar Nodes, Koparkar
-With Eagle Tail, ?
-Gate of Rebirth, Haydn Paul
-Afro-American Women Writers, 1746-1933, Ann Allen Shockley
-The Writing Life, Annie Dillard
-Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides
-The Thornbirds, Colleen Mc Collough
-The Mill On the Floss, George Eliot
-Scarlett, Alexandra Ripley
-The Beautiful and the Damned, F. Scott Fitzgerald
-The House By The Sea, May Sarton
-Catch-22, Joseph Heller
-Dorothy Parker, Portable Library
-Sons and Lovers, D.H. Lawrence
-The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Bridget Jones's Diary, The Movie, The Book

Yes, yes. I have just now seen the movie. Not a tragedy.

This is very much a background movie for me: something you put on as noise when it’s too quiet in the house.

I read the book years ago, back in West Palm Beach. I thought, my god, can this woman get any more obsessive, what with the counting of cigarettes, alcohol units and weight gained and lost, etc., at the beginning of each chapter?

Still, I read it, all the way through, back and forth on the bus from Lake Worth to West Palm Beach nearly every day. Those were the days when I really kept up on what was new in Fiction, et al. Alas, not so much these days, but I try….

I can see why and how this was so popular and sold well. The movie, at least, is pretty formulaic. 30 something woman depressed about being single, thinks she found right man, turns out to be ass, finds right man who has been there all along, ends all happy sappy. Oh, and for good measure, throw in a fight between Was Mr. Right and Is Mr. Right.

Still, I feel compelled to see the sequel. Is that sappy?

Renee looked lovely, though. She didn’t look waspish in the movie, or ghostly, like some of the other actors do, which is always nice. You know, she looked real.

Perhaps that can be another subject for the future....How Thin Is Too Thin? type of thing- Male and Female.

Friday, November 03, 2006

This Will Either Bore You Endlessly, Or Not (2)

My Library (Part 2)

-Pigeon Feathers, John Updike
-Tale of the Body Thief, Anne Rice
-The Challenge of Feminist Biography, Alpern, Antler, Perry and Scobie
-Ornament and Silence, Kennedy Fraser
-Beginners Guide to Jungian Psychology, Robin Robertson
-Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller
-Women In Love, D. H. Lawrence
-Averno, Louise Gluck
-The Motherhood Manifesto, Joan Blades and Kristen Rowe-Finkbeiner
-The Only Grammar Book You'll Ever Need, Thurman
-Exotic Names (a baby name book), Allisa Jones
-The Hours, Michael Cunningham
-Everyday American History, ....
-Our Dreaming Mind, Robert L. Van De Castle
-Don't Look Now, Daphne Du Maurier
-The Witches of Eastwick, John Updike
-The Lost Writings of Jim Morrison, Wilderness
-Wislawa Szymborska, Collected Poems
-Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
-Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, John Gray, MD
-Dreaming the Past, Dreaming the Future, Diane Stein
-Mary Queen of Scots, N.Brysson Morrison
-Goddess In Every Woman, Hean Shinoda Bolen
-The Blood That Is Language, Louise Townsend Nicholl
-Great Short Stories By Women, Candace Ward
-The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Plath's Previously Unpublished Poem

Over at Blackbird, they have a whole feature section on Plath's previously unpublished poem "Ennui".
It also features the always interesting original typescripts (to me anyway) , both rough and final drafts.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

This Will Either Bore You Endlessly, Or Not (1)

I present: My Library (Part 1) (The First Official Post of NaBloPoMo)

Maybe you'll add something to your 'Must Read List', who knows?

-Howard's End, E.M. Forster
-Hot and Bothered, Annie Downey
-The Age of Grief, Jane Smiley
-Midwives, Bohjalian
-Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
-Little Altars Everywhere, Rebecca Wells
-The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje
-Beloved, Toni Morrison
-Adam's Curse, Bryan Sykes
-Plays, Lillian Hellman
-At A Journal Workshop, Progoff
-Wicked, Gregory Maguire
-Sun Signs, Linda Goodman
-Reading the Tarot, Martello
-Love Signs, Linda Goodman
-Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
-Cry To Heaven, Anne Rice
-Words For The Wind, Theodore Rotheke
-The Essential Rilke, Rainer Maria Rilke
-Bellefleur, Joyce Carol Oates
-Mastering the Tarot, Eden Gray
-Ariel (original Paperback), Sylvia Plath
-The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
-The Feast of All Saints, Anne Rice
-The Catcher In The Rye, J. D. Salinger
-Christmas Stories By Women, Susan Koppelmann

Check out the rest of my library:
Part 2, 3, 4 and 5