Ask your mother this: As a woman have you ever felt threatened or unsafe or less-than because of a man? Ask her. Did you tell anyone? Every time? Call the cops? File a complaint?
My story is not remarkable, ask any woman. Not including the boyfriend who abused me in multiple ways and broke my rib, just the ones that come to mind easily… When I was 6, a bunch of older boys stole my books and harassed me and asked me to show my underwear. -I was timid but I did it because I needed my books back. I told my mother and she told me no matter what anyone said or did, I should never let anyone make me do anything.
“‘Cause as sure as the sun will shine
I’m gonna get my share now, what’s mine”
I AM going to get my share of the truth, of respect, of human rights!!
“But I’d rather be a free man in my grave
Than living as a puppet or a slave”
Fitting epitaph for anyone (above from “The Harder They Come” )
Rivers of Babylon
© Marion Pennell
On a packed express bus, with all of us now in winter gear, I made my way to the rear. It is less crowded there, and often someone will get off at the next stop. Through all the standing people, I came to the back to see a seat with a backpack, so I motioned to the guy absorbed with his laptop to move it, and as cheerfully as possible mentioned that there were a lot of people standing for him to leave his bag on the seat. “Oh I didn’t notice,” pointing at his laptop.
©2005 Marion Pennell
Some are ideally suited for winter and the cold.
©2002 Marion Pennell
November 16, 2014 and the snow falls on the Christmas decorations that have been out for almost one week. I did not know Cinderella was featured with Santa or Jesus!
Christmas begins early in St. Henri