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mary-wagner's picture
Sep.28.2011
 Anybody's who's spent much time writing knows that it's a pretty solitary pursuit.  Just you and the keyboard, or the typewriter, or the legal pad and a sharpened pencil or fountain pen.  Sometimes stuff absolutely flows, more often you have to drag it out of hiding, from under...
pamela-ferris-olson's picture
Sep.09.2011
Perry Barber was a singer/songwriter growing up in the 1970s. She did office work for Gladys Knight, and performed as an opener for Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, and Hall and Oates. But music was not to be her calling. Instead, her career path lay on the baseball infield. Perry is one of a handful...
pamela-ferris-olson's picture
Aug.17.2011
Have you ever wanted something SO much you were willing to wait however long it took? Well, Keiko Fukuda waited almost 80 years to realizing her dream. At the age of 98 Keiko Fukuda became the first woman to achieve a tenth-degree black belt in Judo. The petite woman not quite five feet tall has...
pamela-ferris-olson's picture
Aug.11.2011
Civil disobedience is on the rise. This can be a good thing, as is the case in Israel this summer. Israeli women are risking criminal prosecution by going to the beach. They are taking Palestinian women along to protest decades of dehumanization. Read the full story on my Living in the Heartland...
annette-talbert's picture
Jul.30.2011
This is my 100th blog post since beginning this project over a year ago. I haven't always been faithful. There were long pauses between thoughts, especially last fall-winter. I was kind of busy trying to stay afloat in the sea of confusion that defined my job most of the year.  So, this summer I...
annette-talbert's picture
Jul.25.2011
"You get old when you stop being interested. You get old when you don’t create any more." - Della Reese It's a slow and lazy Sunday morning. Slow because of how long it seems to take my body these days to stretch out all of the kinks and weird pains that seem to come from nowhere. I need...
pamela-ferris-olson's picture
Jul.20.2011
Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel doesn’t want to drive men mad. She does, however, want to be able to drive a car. No Saudi Arabia woman has the legal right to drive a car. Princess Ammerah is a vocal proponent of women’s rights.  Saudi women’s rights are severely restricted by American terms. Read Read...
pamela-ferris-olson's picture
Jul.14.2011
At 93 Therrell Camille Smith keeps everyone on their toes. She’s still teaching ballet in a school she established 60 plus years ago in her hometown of Washington D.C. Read more about this amazing woman on my blog Living in the Heartland.    
pamela-ferris-olson's picture
May.24.2011
U.S. women talking to Afghan women is an idea far too long in coming. U.S. Marines are undertaking an experiment in Afghanistan. They are embracing the power of women’s work. A few women have been added to duty on the front lines. Read more about this on my Living in the Heartland blog.
pamela-ferris-olson's picture
May.18.2011
  Sugano Hoso has undertaken a project of heart-throbbing proportions. She is providing shelter, food, and love to hundreds of dogs and cats abandoned in the evacuated area around Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi’s nuclear power plant. Read her story on my blog http://www.livingintheheartland.com Photo...