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Can We Ever Feel Too Valuable?

We all have an innate need to be valued in life — to feel we are valuable as individuals and as members of our community and to feel that our contributions are worthy and appreciated. But can we ever feel too valuable?

Tis The Season…

Tis the season — to share love and laughter among friends, family and furcritters…

Thanksgiving Traditions of Harvest And Sharing

When we think of tradition in America, celebrating Thanksgiving certainly jumps to the forefront. This holiday has been observed since the Pilgrims celebrated their first harvest with a dinner consisting of corn, squash and the vegetables they were able to… Continue Reading →

Words To Live By: “It’s A Beautiful Glass”

Wanting to understand “What is it that makes us human?” filmmaker and artist Yann Arthus-Bertrand collected images and stories from 2,000 women and men in 60 countries about love, work, poverty, death, war… for his film HUMAN.  In this excerpt, John Halcyon Styn shares an inspirational story about… Continue Reading →

What Purpose Do Fraternities Serve?

DARE WE SAY hosts Shawna Vercher and  Anita Finlay look at the role and cost of fraternities in the wake of the latest outrage and ask — What purpose do fraternities serve?  Is it time to put an end to them?… Continue Reading →

DARE WE SAY Cyber Conversations

Cyber conversations seem like a rarity these days. Despite our claims of staying connected on-line, too much of what we say on the internet is targeted at others.   We command, demand and cajole.   We make statements expressing our own views… Continue Reading →

Lost & Found News: Human Migration, Solar Impulse, Discerning Dogs

News to ponder that you may have missed: Lost:  Holiday Vacation Travel to Human Migration Mapping When someone says “holiday vacation travel” what comes to mind? Do you envision new sights and familiar haunts?  Do you remember the hustle bustle,… 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 →

Cave Woman’s Musician of the Day: Cereus Bright

I’m stepping out of my comfort zone here. I write book reviews often enough. Those require some thought, but usually they aren’t terribly difficult. I have an easy time with those mostly because I write books myself. I can verbalize… 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 →

Lost In Translation Of GoldieBlox’s Ad

GoldieBlox released a video ad introducing their new action figure for girls (video below). I was thrilled to read in the press release of their intention to “show girls more options and lead them to a world full of possibilities.” As a feminist,… 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 →

Words: “The Test Of A First-rate Intelligence “

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet… Continue Reading →

Is It Possible To Legislate Respect?

Kansas City just became the latest in a list of cities considering a law against street harassment that would encompass everything from catcalls to drivers forcing bicyclists off the road.  Clearly, harassment is a crime, but is it possible to… Continue Reading →

Ray Rice Incident a Watershed Moment on Domestic Violence?

The video of Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancée Janay Palmer unconscious and dragging her from a casino elevator has by now gone viral.  The first sin was the violence itself.  The second sin was the NFL attempting to dismiss it… Continue Reading →

Words: “…Culture Is The Family Of The Family…”

Culture is an important dynamic in our communities and in life.  It can be a source of nourishment, protection and guidance.  It also can help us grow strong, loving and courageous.  When culture is based in fear, anger and revenge,… Continue Reading →

Strength in Motherhood

I’ve always been proud of my children. From infancy to adult and motherhood, my daughters have amazed and humbled me. I am the proud grandmother of ten precious wonders and each has a special place in my heart. Grandbaby number… Continue Reading →


The media dubbed 2008 the year of the woman because of Hillary Clinton’s and Sarah Palin’s historic runs for political office, but it really was the year millions of ordinary women from both parties were “rudely awakened” from their political… Continue Reading →

Women and War

The summer after I graduated from the police academy I was asked to give a speech for our city’s July 4th celebration about women in service to our country. I was honored. Through my research I was amazed with the… Continue Reading →

Merry Merry Up-Side-Down Christmas

I clearly remember going into gales of laughter as a child when seeing anyone talk while up-side-down.  Chin talking is what they call it now.  I don’t think we had a name for it then.  And I don’t remember anyone… Continue Reading →

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