Another woman

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Since we're winding down from a most excellent day of Women on Wednesday at BlueNC, I thought I'd point you in the direction of a new progressive blogger over at Progressive Pulse. Her name is Andrea Verykoukis, and she has a fine way with words. (I also admire her disdain for the so-called North Carolina Education Lottery.)

I owe you an apology, dear readers. Last week in my, perhaps undue but definitely indecorous, haste to work "booger-eating moron" into the policy discussion we're having here (did it again!), I neglected to celebrate the first birthday of North Carolina's Education Lottery. Yes, that esteemed institution that has already led to the criminal convictions of three people, has turned one. Baby's all growed up. But not as much as we were promised. The projected $1.2 billion in sales was actually $895 million and education programs are going to get about $70 million less than they thought. Old news, you say, but it bears mentioning as the governor's proposed shifting prize and education percentages to beef up lottery revenue.

Check out the rest of the entry and encourage Ms. V., to stop by and introduce herself.

And just in case I forget to say it often enough:

I love all you smart-ass women.

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Love it, A

Love her writing.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

I'm so proud of this WoW business . . .

When I'm out in the world talking about BlueNC, it's the thing I say first because to me WoW represents the best of community-driven everything. I know it takes a lot to pull it off because nothing just "happens."

So thank you thank you thank you for making this all possible.

I stand in awe of women

who work full time, raise their families, volunteer in the community and then care enough to share their wit and wisdom by writing about their experiences.

Hell, I stand in awe of the men who do it too.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Using Pink to Encourage Little Girls

My little girl was always complaining that the boys would not let the girls play basketball during recess.

I asked the principal if we could paint one of the basketball courts pink...knowing that the boys would see that as a DO NOT TRESPASS sign...

We did not get to paint it pink...but I have kept that strategy in my pocket ever since.


talk with the teachers

who are monitoring recess. My girls don't have that problem. Of course, the school is so small that many f the organized sports are co-ed so they have grown accustomed to it. It's been wonderful for the oldest since she's a beginner. Several of the boys who play Strikers soccer and are on all sorts of club teams have taken it upon themselves to help everyone improve at soccer.

Both of my girls hate the color pink, so past a certain age, that would deter the girls as well. :)

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

On the one hand, that's a great idea

And on the other hand, it perpetuates the "pink is for girls, blue is for boys" stereotype that has squicked me out since before I knew it was a stereotype.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi