I am not sure it translates to the medium, and my style is in transition, but fun anyway. Have a look: http://www.redbubble.com/people/dbmcneill/portfolio
Level playing field? Hmph.
My moderate level of success professionally gives me hope that this can change. Thoughts?
Originally posted on Education and Class:
It could be helpful to question more often what we might mean by “succeed”. According to one recent project, at least some of the academically gifted, wealthy, and culturally savvy students of Harvard University lack the most basic understanding of people different from themselves, but this racist ignorance has in no way stood in the way of their academic trajectories.
Because, of course, it’s those occupying the social class of these very students who make…
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I am working through the second draft of my early reader book at a snail’s pace. I am the middle-aged (read: old) working Mom of 3 young kids, and by the end of the day, I’m spent. I may have to tackle this thing in a way I had not previously envisioned (Take time off? Hide?). It deserves to be finished, if only for the sake of my three young muses (my sons).
For now, I redirect you to one of my published short stories “And the Moon Waits” in this issue of Ranfurly Review:
This is a favorite of mine. I welcome your comments.
follow the link….it’s worth saying
Quite a round-up….
Originally posted on Poor as Folk:
Yuppies Watching Documentaries- The gist of it: these people watched A Place at the Table and were motivated to help so they founded Groceryships, an organization that gets groceries to people who need them.
How a Chicago Mom Liberated a Foreclosed Home and Got Her Four Kids Off the Streets -”Evicted from her childhood home when Cabrini Green public housing was demolished, Martha Biggs was evicted again from rental apartments that were in foreclosure. Over years of homelessness—moving around, staying in shelters, with relatives, and in her van—Biggs raised four children, sent them to school, worked to support them, and struggled to keep her family together.”
It’s a long read but a good one.
Single Mothers Are Not America’s Real Welfare Queens-”The attacks on single mothers are about peddling a paranoid fantasy to conservative audiences in order to keep them from thinking in any depth about the role…
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Follow the link…this sums it up well,
“Do what you love” disguises the fact that being able to choose a career primarily for personal reward is an unmerited privilege, a sign of that person’s socioeconomic class. Even if a self-employed graphic designer had parents who could pay for art school and cosign a lease for a slick Brooklyn apartment, she can self-righteously bestow DWYL as career advice to those covetous of her success.
If we believe that working as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur or a museum publicist or a think-tank acolyte is essential to being true to ourselves — in fact, to loving ourselves — what do we believe about the inner lives and hopes of those who clean hotel rooms and stock shelves at big-box stores? The answer is: nothing.”
A former colleague and friend wrote the screenplay to this remake of the Virginian: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2788332/
Bob’s tenacity and success inspire me to keep writing. You don’t have to see your dreams become reality when you are in your 20s…or 30s….or 40s….to see your dreams become reality.
Congratulations to Bob!
What or who inspired you today?
Happy New Year!
I have written about Avon before here and here. I have often felt odd about being an Avon Rep, because I assume people picture an old lady wearing too much make-up and perfume when they hear those words. But for me, for 2014, one of my plans is to try not to feel odd/embarrassed/ashamed about things I like, even if I think others (even my geekery) might see it as uncool.
So here’s the reality - I have been using Avon Anew skincare a long time, and people generally think I am 5-10 years younger than I am (any more than that and I assume they’re lying). If you use wild-crafted 100% natural skin care and make-up, it’s not for you – please don’t feel the need to tell me how horrible it is or I am. And please read the links above; it may be a better company than you think. If you buy make-up and/or skin care at a department store, drug store, or regular grocer, you may want to try it.
I sell on-line only at http://www.youravon.com/dmcneill. It’s like any other online shopping experience – you can do it anywhere and it ships to you. No one comes to your door. You can sign up to get as little or as much email you want – and I don’t generate the emails personally, although they come from my email account (a word to scammers, on-line only means on-line only, so don’t send me email about your model shoot, thanks).
During my first stint as an Avon lady, I liked the skin care, loved the jewelry, and hated the perfume. On this serious second go, I have been surprised to love several perfumes. Here are a few I like:
Outspoken by Fergie – I am not a Fergie fan, but I do like this scent. I have a friend on whom this is seriously sex-y. On me, it’s not quite as delicious but it’s still pretty hot. My husband calls it “nice” but he is very attentive went I wear it. ( : )
Tomorrow – This is one of the scents that Salma Hayek represented. It is sophisticated, subtle, and addictive. I wear it when I need to feel mature and confident. When I wear it, my sister tells me “you smell pretty.”
Reese Withersoon’s In Bloom – this smells like summer in Tallahassee – which is where I spent my halcyon days. Sadly, it appears to have been discontinued.
Runner Up: Musk Fire – I accidentally opened a sample for this when I used to put together brochures for local clients. I really liked it. I think the name is unfortunate, as generally, most of us try avoid having any kind of fire on our bodies. To me, it’s a unisex fragrance. You could try thedeodorant or body wash.
Right now (Jan 6, 2014), there is a great deal on an Anew wrinkle cream, an Anew eye cream, a new perfume with a vanilla bourbon base (yum), and some mascara and eye color for $29.99 with a $10 purchase (see here).
You can shop securely at www.youravon.com/dmcneill and the products will ship to your door. But if you know someone who sells Avon, give ‘em a call. It’s stylishly retro and reasonably priced, good stuff. And if your Mom sells it, you probably owe her a call anyway, eh?
And that’s my bi-annual Avon post. I now return you to reblogs, musings, art, and poetry…..
Originally posted on crazy dumbsaint of the mind:
Fierce and beautiful art from The Cotton Project.
The Cotton Project’s words:
Final for my Time Arts class. Nothing gets you in touch with your own anger quite like listening to this and thinking about all the times you’ve been objectified and belittled.
“This song is M.I.A.’s “Bad Girls”. It’s on my most frequently listened to playlist right now. I can feel the vibe of inspiration.
Ho ho ho! (fun at the link….yes, I’ve been silent a long time, and this is truly me )