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Anita Finlay

Bring it, 2016

2015 went by like a speed bump. Is it that I just turned 57, so every year races by faster than the one before it? Is it the dense time suck of social media and the phone addiction I share… Continue Reading →

For The Love Of Pets

Recently, the Examiner reported the heartbreaking story of a ten year old pet lab that a family surrendered to a shelter. Thankfully, the press he got meant that a rescue organization took him for placement in a forever home. Many dogs… Continue Reading →

The Lure of Comic-Con

Out of my element at Comic-Con 2015, where 250,000 movie fans, comic devotees and techno geeks gather, I had an expectation of being trampled in a sea of humanity.  Instead, I found enthusiastic, welcoming people whose entry badges were like… Continue Reading →

Women Are Fundraising Their Way To The Big Political Table

Hillary Clinton’s first quarter fundraising total of $45 million revealed that women comprised more than 60% of her donor base.  Regardless of Party, this kind of financial participation is essential if women want to be treated as more than one… Continue Reading →

Equality and the Destiny of Dissenters

The joy many felt at the SCOTUS’ marriage equality ruling – and the beauty of more than a  dozen landmarks that turned rainbow last night – was marred only by diminishing comments from Justices Roberts, Scalia, Thomas and Alito. Their… Continue Reading →

Working Too Hard May Be Hurting the Economy

The long-term dangers of over-demanding jobs aren’t just to employees.  Working too hard maybe hurting the employers too. Americans are working longer hours with fewer vacations and greater stress, but employees are not the only ones who may suffer from… Continue Reading →

Some College Professors Among the Working Poor

It was horrifying to learn some college professors among the working poor — approximately 25% of part-time college faculty receives one or more types of public assistance (Medicaid/CHIP, TANF, EITC, and/or SNAP) programs. I have long had a stereotyped view of affluent college professors living… Continue Reading →

Sharing FEMINIST Stories: An Interview With Jennifer Hall Lee

Feminism is not the “F” word and feminists are not the bearded, Birkenstock wearing sisterhood!  Disabusing wrong-headed notions about feminism is vital in understanding its benefits to society as well as the opportunities now available to women as a result. In a special… Continue Reading →

Beating Back the Drive-By Media In Politics

As nature abhors a vacuum, so the drive-by media is hungry to control and define any public figure whose impact might supersede their own. How do we beat them? Whether we believe that Hillary Clinton’s “email-gate” is empty click-bait or… Continue Reading →

Patricia Arquette: “It’s Our Time” For Equality

Patricia Arquette’s “it’s our time” appeal on behalf of women’s equality brought excitement to an otherwise lackluster Oscar telecast.  Upon accepting the award for Best Supporting Actress, she stood before a worldwide audience of 1 billion and declared: “To every woman… Continue Reading →

Grammys: Another Institution Failure On Domestic Violence

Sunday’s Grammy Awards became the latest institution failure on domestic violence. It featured a PSA by President Obama calling attention to the shocking number of women in America who are raped or suffer domestic violence.  “It’s on us,” he said, urging the… Continue Reading →

How Long Do You Give a Leader To Succeed?

How long do you give a leader to succeed when it comes to national, state or local government?  Is four years in office enough? California’s tax rates are high.  When Governor Brown re-took office in the midst of a fiscal… Continue Reading →

Music: FLY by Maddie and Tae

Teen sensations Maddie and Tae scored a #1 single last year with their brilliant, funny and feminist GIRL IN A COUNTRY SONG.  Their new single, FLY is so lovely, the tears were rolling before I heard half the lyrics. FLY is a… Continue Reading →

Happy Birthday Betty White, I’ll Never Forget Your Kindness

I’ve had the pleasure of working with the hilarious, uber-talented Miss Betty White.  No one is more deserving than she of the sweet surprise and outpouring of affection she got, in celebration of her 93rd birthday, from the entire cast and crew of Hot in Cleveland…. Continue Reading →

Women in Charge At Golden Globes

Women in charge Tina Fey and Amy Poehler skewered power players and stereotypes alike in their swan song as Golden Globe hosts Sunday evening.  They killed in their opening monologue, a biting soufflé that was as droll as it was… Continue Reading →

Why Kaley Cuoco’s “ Not a Feminist ” Comment Matters

By now, Big Bang Theory actress Kaley Cuoco’s comments that she is not a feminist have gone viral.  The online backlash was so fierce that Cuoco has walked back her original statements.  Pundits who miss no opportunity to perpetuate feminism’s negative branding… Continue Reading →

Acting, Hacking and Hollywood

Talking with Jerry Doyle earlier in the week, what started as a tangent to a conversation on terrorism turned into a full blown interview about Hollywood’s underbelly.  We discuss the dust-up caused by the Sony Hack and media release of the… Continue Reading →

The Terror in the Torture Report

It was several years after 9/11 before I had occasion to once again board a plane. Arriving at airport security, the sight of everyone in line, by rote, yanking off their belts and shoes shocked me enough that tears rolled… Continue Reading →

Will We Ever Bring An End To Domestic Violence?

When Football executive and former NFL player Troy Vincent appeared before a Senate committee examining the NFL’s handling of domestic violence and sexual assault, he became the unexpected face of domestic abuse, if only for a moment. While looking to… Continue Reading →

Does Hollywood Reflect Our Struggle With Aging?

I recently asked if we are now a Botox Nation, preferring Barbie and Ken’s wrinkle-free faces, boobs of steel that say Hi! to the ceiling and six pack abs to a less glamorous reality. It was both surprising and encouraging that so… Continue Reading →

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