Thursday, August 28, 2008

MotherTalk: Mama, Ph.D.

Mama Ph.D.: Women Write about Motherhood and Academic Life
Elrena Evans and Caroline Grant
Rutgers University Press, 2008
262 pages/$19.95
ISBN: 978-0-8135-4318-5

Mama Ph.D. features essays by an amazing set of women, mothers and academics exploring blending family life with the academic in different personal situations, but with generally the same outcome. The academic is not particularly accommodating to mothers in general and mothers with young children in specific. In reading this book, it is painfully clear that something needs to be done to close the inequality gap and open up opportunities for fair pay, support in childcare and plain respect.

From the back of the book:

Every year, American universities publish glowing reports stating their commitment to diversity, often showing statistics of female hires as proof of success. Yet, academic life remains overwhelmingly a man's world and the presence of women, specifically with young children, in the ranks of tenured faculty has not increased in a generation. This anthology explores the continued inequality of the sexes in higher education and suggests changes that could make universities more family-friendly workplaces.

At one point in Susan O'Doherty's essay, The Wire Mother, she's talking about her experience with spontaneous abortions and says this: "One elderly male gynecologist had admonished me, 'You career girls do this to yourselves. You want to do everything men do-maybe you want to be men. When you're ready to grow up and be a mother, you won't have this problem.' "

Eh, what?! Reading that tipped the scale of reason for me and I actually yelled at the page in such outrage, I startled myself.

As long as we have this sort of thought (not confined to the elderly male gynecologists), how can we acquire respect, and family-friendly work and education atmospheres?

I loved reading these essays. They offered a personal view into these women's lives and a voice that tells everyone this situation needs to change.

I never actually finished college, for several reasons. I got sidetracked by many things: the more exciting aspects of life (like bar-hopping and partying-just a bit, hey- I just turned 21 at that point); later, my growing debt of student loans that I'll never be able to pay back, and-much later-having a child. I suppose I could still go back and finish. I keep telling myself I should.

However, I do about as much reading, learning and research at home and on my own that I would do in a college setting. The difference is, I probably won't get any sort of degree for that.

Caroline Grant's Website
Elena Evans Website
Mama PhD site

Read an excerpt from Mama PhD

Read other reviews at MotherTalk

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Link Round Up

Copyblogger informs us on how to read. Reading could, in fact, make you a better writer.

In case you haven't heard, A Cautionary Tale about Cider Press Review at Ten Fingers Typing via Pshares Blog. Be sure to check out her follow up post, which includes a response from CPR's Robert Wynne, Doesn't really make me want to send anything to them....CPR, that is.

Do You Need An Agent at WOW! Blog

Why Google Alerts Can Be An Author's Best Friend at Pub Rants

More to come....

Monday, August 25, 2008

Other Books I'm Reading

Totally Vegetarian, Toni Fiore

Books on HTML (brushing up my skills)

Mealtime &Bedtime, Sing & Sign; Anne Meeker Miller

The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest: 150 Recipes For Freezing, Canning Drying, and Pickling Fruits and Vegetables; Carol W. Costenbader
I'll probably comment on these around the web, and here on WITM soon.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Vegan Lunch Box, Review

Vegan Lunch Box
130 Amazing, Animal-Free Lunches
Kids and Grown-Ups Will Love
Jennifer Mc Cann
DaCapo Press/Lifelong Books, 2008
280 pages, $19.95/$21.00 CAN
ISBN: 978-1-60094-072-9

I don't eat as much meat as I used to. There are several reasons for this-the quality of meat in your basic supermarket is not likely to be very high; The recent stories of the treatment (not to mention all the crap they inject (hormones, antibiotics, etc.) of the cows in the big agro farms has totally put me off; and sometimes, too much meat is just too much. Occasionally, I still like a piece of meat, though, and will buy organic.

I'm not strictly Vegan or Vegetarian, but when I came across Vegan Lunch Box, I enjoyed it for the simple, yet tasty and diverse recipes; the easy to follow menu guides and the allergen-free index in the back. One of my favorite recipes is the Full Meal Muffins, a muffin packed to the top with nutrients sure to fill up the kids without the sugar overload.

And the desserts! Ah....the desserts. Cherry Chip Brownies, anyone?

Visit the Dacapo Site
Visit Jennifer McCann's blog
Review over at Green Mom Finds

Friday, August 15, 2008

Lit Mags ( & Others) I'm Reading (Aug '08)

hipMama-new issue

Issues of The Writer

Writer's Digest

Brain, Child

Mother Earth News

The Herb Companion


MomWriter'sLitMag (mostly studying the mag at this point)

hipMama in the mail

Got my hipMama issues in the mail with the interview in it today. Looks great! Grab a copy at the hipMama shop.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Interview With Annie Downey In Hip Mama Issue

My interview with author Annie Downey is in the new issue of hipMama. Here, we talk about her new book (!) and the subject of Identity.

Go out and buy a copy or stop by the hipMama Shop.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

MotherVerse Workshops Moved To September 15th

The MotherVerse Online workshops (Writing Motherhood & Publishing A Blog) have been moved back to September 15 and will be running until October 20th. There are plenty of spots still available! This is such a fabulous resource and way to connect with writing peers and mothers! Workshop descriptions below:

Writing Motherhood Workshop
--workshop focused on developing your current writing (creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry and blogging) or finding your voice in developing new writing. Gain the support and feedback of fellow mother writers and experienced mentors in this supportive environment. This is a 5 week workshop. Limit 20 attendees.

Sept 15 - Oct 20, 2008

Publishing a Blog Workshop
--learn how to begin and follow through on a successful mother writer's blog with the help of experienced mother bloggers. This workshop will cover both the technical aspects of starting a blog as well as the development of blog writing. This is a 5 week workshop. Limit 20 attendees.

Sept 15 - Oct 20, 2008

For more information on cost, etc., please visit the site . Payment is based on a sliding scale basis and there are scholarships available for those who qualify.

Any questions, please email me or MotherVerse Magazine-editor (at) motherverse (dot) com, or leave a comment here on this post.