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  • Kurt Brindley 8:00 am on March 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , pioneers, stunt drivers, stunt women, , women drivers, Women of Hollywood, , , women's issues   

    Meet Pioneering Stunt Woman Debbie Evans 


    From her official website:
    Debbie Evans, veteran of hundreds of motion-picture, television, and commercial stunts has been featured in numerous publications such as the LA Times, Reader’s Digest, Glamour Magazine, Cycle World, Dirtbike, and on television shows like Montel, ESPN, Winning Women, and Entertainment Tonight.

    Debbie was inducted October 2003 into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. She has been awarded for her work on Taxi in 2005, The Matrix Reloaded in 2004 Taurus World Stunt Awards in the category “Best Overall Stunt by a Stuntwoman,” previously winning two Taurus awards in 2002 for driving a Honda Civic under a moving semi-truck in The Fast and the Furious…. [MORE]


    With the help of Michelle Rodriguez, one of the stars of the Fast & Furious franchise, stunt driver Debbie Evans was challenged to take on the wild, icy landscape of the Yukon in Canada. VIA CARSCOOPS.COM





  • Kurt Brindley 9:26 am on March 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , girl power, , , , , , Women Activism, women protests, , women's issues, ,   

    International Women’s Day 2017 – #RESISTTOEXIST ♀ 


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  • Liz 12:30 pm on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , women's issues   


    Nina Mariah

    By: E. R. Smith

    Haiku on Gen-X Vision

    Gained Gen-X vision

    eye strain on optic axon

    mutant lens fade hue

  • Kurt Brindley 1:12 pm on March 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Indonesia, Indonesian Women, , , , women's issues, women's protests   

    Shades of LOVE from Women’s March in Jakarta 

    This is an immensely powerful post celebrating determined women of determined personal and collective courage.

    Please visit the clubPAW website and show them your support.




    Our friends in Jakarta, Indonesia organized a women’s march this Saturday (4 March 2017) morning in front of the Presidential Palace. One of clubPAW authors participated in the march to witness LOVE in what was really the start of something historic in Jakarta. Not just that, now clubPAW has stories from some people we got the chance to talk to.

    We at clubPAW believe that the women’s march movement that has shined like sunlight to many major and small cities globally signifies something larger; a hope. A hope that there many who are still persevering in the fight for equality and love. Nay-sayers will always be there and the only way to turn them to our side is by engaging in healthy dialogues and exchanging ideas. There will always be people who look down on our efforts but remember that good will does not expect anything in return. At least…

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  • Kurt Brindley 12:28 pm on March 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , art exhibits, , Native Americans, sculptors, sculpture, Smithsonian, , Women Artists, , Women Sculptors, , women's issues   

    Meet the First Woman Sculptor of African-American and Native American Heritage to Achieve International Fame 

    EDMONIA LEWIS [Image courtesy of Wikipedia]

    Also known as, Wildfire

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  • Kurt Brindley 3:34 pm on March 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , businesswomen, , , , , , , , women's issues,   



    National Women’s History Month 2017 Theme:
    “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business”


    ★ ★ ★

    Japan’s Business Federation Sent This All-Female Delegation to the Trump White House


  • Kurt Brindley 4:59 pm on February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , dictionaries, , , , Merriam-Webster, put-downs, so-called, , , women's issues, ,   

    Speaking of Awards Season… 

    I nominate so-called, our so-called president’s go-to word-choice* for put-downs, for this year’s “Best Word” award.

    Did you catch his last usage of it?

    The so-called angry crowds

    This guy, I tell ya…

    If he weren’t already the president he should really consider being a cheesy reality TV star.

    Anyway, speaking of put-downs…

    Merriam-Webster deserves an award for throwing shade at Kelly Ann Whatshersame after she made that less-than-smart comment about what feminism is by sub-tweeting her with the actual definition of the word feminism.

    Go Dictionary Nerds.

    Word up, y’all.

    ★ ★ ★

    *Yes, all you Grammar Nerds, hyphenated words are considered one word.


  • Kurt Brindley 12:22 pm on February 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , African American Women, , , Carla Hayden, , , , librarians, , , , , women's issues   

    Meet Our Fourteenth Librarian of Congress 

    Carla Hayden was sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress on September 14, 2016. Hayden, the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library, was nominated to the position by President Barack Obama on February 24, 2016, and her nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 13… [MORE]




    • orbb80 12:40 pm on February 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Long live the Librarian of Congress, may her reign last 1,000 years (that has to be an epic job, curating one the largest collection of books on the planet, I’m so envious)

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    • Elizabeth Anne Mitchell 3:38 pm on February 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Carla Hayden’s appointment is also historic because her appointment reverts to a professionally trained librarian after more than forty years, revalidating the profession to all of us trained as librarians.

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  • Kurt Brindley 1:20 pm on January 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Poetry is for Girls 


    I may occasionally write the junk, but rarely do I read it.

    And it is not because I don’t like it that I rarely read it…

    It’s because it, the really good stuff anyway, is so durn hard to read.

    I’m talking Poetry here…

    Poetry with a big, bold capital P.

    And it is so hard for me to read (And by read I mean read. I mean really digging into the poem and fighting through the initial confusion and the complicated and often archaic words. I mean, not just reading the poem, but studying it and trying to close the gap in time from when the poem was written to when the poem is being read by learning about the poet and where and when and why and how he or she is from and where and when and why and how he or she lived and then coming to my own understanding of what I think the poem means and then trying to apply that meaning to my own life and where and when and why and how I live it. That’s what I mean by read.) because it takes more than a little bit of effort to read it.

    I certainly don’t have time for all that junk.

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    • cindy knoke 1:27 pm on January 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      It’s beautiful~


    • sanseilife 1:31 pm on January 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Your poem not junk. Have a sunny day.


    • artemisdelmar 1:39 pm on January 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      This is a great piece of poetry!


    • wscottling 2:05 pm on January 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      What I couldn’t get out of my head as I was reading this is that many of the classic poets of days gone by were… men. Dante, Shakespeare, Frost, Milton, &c… And man was some of that stuff *dense*. I used to write poetry too, but couldn’t read it either. A lot of times, it just made my eyes itch.

      But here’s the thing. Poetry like that wasn’t meant to be read silently. It was meant to be spoken aloud by bards. Even much of today’s poetry is meant to be read aloud. That’s why it’s written the way it is. And that was my key to unlocking it.. I can’t read poetry, but I can *read* poetry, if you get my meaning. Try that, or try and find someone else reading it out loud online. It helped me get through my English Lit courses. I would have never passed it if I hadn’t found Chaucer’s *Canterbury Tales* and some others online in audio form.

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    • From The Pews 2:46 pm on January 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      WOW!! Talk about filling and throwing so much into that Heart of the Eternal Void.
      I must congratulate you! You eased us into many complexities and profound topics all with the slight of the Keyboard dancing around Poetry.
      And as a WoMan…thank you ;)
      Keep up the awesome style and subtleties!!


    • pranabaxom 3:47 pm on January 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Ah! now I know why I write poetry. It is short😊


    • Katie Marie 8:42 am on January 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I used to think poetry was light and fluffy until I came across a collection of the poems by world war one soldiers. While I will never be a poetry aficionado I now have a greater appreciation for it.

      Sunshine on a rainy day was lovely :)


    • packinglifeinwords 2:29 pm on January 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Yes both writing and reading poetry need courage! That’s why I love poetry. Wonderfully written- honest and interesting!

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    • addictionandresourcesnwalker 7:50 am on January 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      very well done,


  • Kurt Brindley 4:24 pm on May 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , Fifty Shades of Grey, , , , , , , women's issues,   

    My April Fools’ Day Joke 

    I would like to thank Author Vivian Biro for donating to help me make my movie. It really means so much to me that others are willing to support a dream of mine in such tangible ways.

    Please help me thank Vivian by visiting with her at her website, by purchasing her debut novel, and, by all means, letting her know what you think of her writing by sharing an Amazon Review.

    And I tell you what, this April Fools’ Day Joke of hers is hilarious and completely genius. Check it out…

  • Kurt Brindley 5:47 pm on April 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , daughters, , , fathers, , , , Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, studies, , women's issues   

    Guiding Principles of a Daughter’s Dad 

    I’m not the smartest or greatest dad there is. Not even close. I have many faults and made many mistakes over the years that I regret.

    However, I do think I’m pretty good at understanding my faults and I work hard to minimize their impact to myself and others, especially to my family, as much as possible.

    Even still… just because faults were minimized, it doesn’t mean there wasn’t impact from them from time to time. There was. I regret that.

    But… we live and learn and live and relearn and one and on.

    My daughter is my first child and when she was born I didn’t have a clue as to how to raise her.

    I found out quickly though, that having children, and especially having the first child, is kind of like going to war.

    No matter how much you plan for it, once the first shot is fired the best you can hope for is a campaign of organized chaos.

    Fortunately, not long after she was born, I happened upon some useful information — probably from articles in a newspaper (remember those things?) — about the results of a couple of different studies.

    I don’t remember the newspaper — probably the Stars & Stripes.

    And I certainly don’t remember the studies or who conducted them so I cannot attest to the veracity of the reportage.

    However, based upon my life experiences, what was reported seemed to speak the truth.

    And from these apparent truths that I happened upon long ago, I was changed — or at least I sought to change — from their insights.

    And from this change, I hope I became a better father to, not just my daughter, but to my sons as well. For I also hope that when my sons, too, have daughters– and based upon the make up of my lovely and loving wife’s family and mine, they probably will — they understand how their beliefs and, more importantly, their behavior can have such an impact on the outcome of their daughters’ lives.

    The first thing I learned that changed my behavior as a father was…

    The more education a father has the less the chance will be that his daughter will find herself in an abusive relationship as an adult.

    The second was…

    Girls with high self-esteem tend to have less sex during their middle and high school years and girls with low self-esteem tend to have more.

    The inverse is true for boys.

    It’s Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.



    • perfectmayhem 8:42 pm on April 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Dads do matter! Thank you for the reminder.

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    • balletandboxing 10:41 pm on April 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Love it. Love that it matters to you, and that you care now about her later self.

      Go Dad Go!

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    • jmillz888 12:39 am on April 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      The education/abuse thing does not hold true statistically in modern day.

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    • jonna ellis holston 7:29 am on April 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Good job, Dad!

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    • NothingImportant2Say 7:57 am on April 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      So true. I have two daughters and I’ve tried to build their self esteem and It seems to be paying off. They are both strong women with a strong faith. My sons not doing bad either. Not to pat myself on the back, I’m a flawed individul, but with good intentions and lots of prayer, I hope I’ve overcome these flaws where my kids are concerned.

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      • Kurt Brindley 6:01 pm on April 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        When it comes to raising children, it’s my belief that good intentions, while certainly not foolproof and like any other of actions and intent risk unintended consequences, do matter.

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    • smithaw50 9:03 am on April 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      One of the main things I tried to do both as father and throughout my teaching career was to empower not only my daughter but my female students as well. It’s hard to overcome some cultural barriers where patriarchal mandates control the lives of their female family members, but being as sensitive as I could to that, I believe I managed for the most part to at least instill some confidence that their thoughts and dreams were valid and should be pursued as soon as opportunity presented itself. As for my own daughter, she was a late-bloomer, and kept a lot private, and took a longer time to finish college, but as a kid who wouldn’t come out of a corner at parties, she suddenly goes to China to teach for a year, and lands a job back in the States as an associate editor at American History Magazine, living on her own and thriving. (Her boyfriend’s a Marine, though, not a sailor. You learn to settle… :-)

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      • Kurt Brindley 6:18 pm on April 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        In our dark times of Trump, thanks for reminding me that there are many good folks out there like yourself working hard to uplift others and inspire positive change. Thanks, my friend. And as for your daughter’s Marine… please remind him often despite how much he’d rather not hear nor acknowledge it – Marines are branch within the Department of the NAVY. :)

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    • andysmerdon 3:22 am on April 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Being a new parent was certainly a steep learning curve for me – I stumbled into a few minefields along the way, but I have to admit, I have the easier minefields to negotiate Kurt – I only have a son ;)

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      • Kurt Brindley 6:22 pm on April 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Whenever I come across someone who’s getting ready to have their first child, I always sing that REM song to them – It’s the end of the world as you know it! And, as CS&N instruct us – “Teach your children/son well…” As I’m certain you will. :)

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        • andysmerdon 3:26 am on April 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          I love that REM song and yes – now that my son is to be 30 this August, I think I may have a chance at getting that world back again haha! Then again, I probably don’t want that anymore :)

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    • Barack OBloga 1:53 am on April 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Great post.

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    • shivasiddula 7:28 am on April 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Your articles are thought provoking. Whatever is read and taught, being parent is altogether a new practical experience that is individualised too. In the life of a girl child dad makes a lot of difference, particularly in our culture (Indian). A girl, in fact, a child brought up by both parents have high self esteem than the one brought up by single parent.

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      • Kurt Brindley 11:36 am on April 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for you kind comment, shivasiddula, as well as your thoughtful insight on parenting. The more love there is in a child’s life will always be for the the better.

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    • A Simple Village Undertaker 12:40 pm on April 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for following my blog and I am following you also. After reading this post, I had to send you this link: https://villageundertaker.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/the-rules/ Ray

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    • Shanthi Reddy 7:01 am on June 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      A very logical and emotional !!!!loved it😃

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  • Kurt Brindley 7:32 pm on March 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , film directors, homeschooling, , , mothers, , , self-motivation, , women's issues,   

    YOUR DREAMS ARE DEAD | A Relating to Humans Women’s Issues Feature 

    by perfect_mayhem

    These four words flew into the forefront of my brain along with what felt like gallons of blood as I was bent over the floor around my son’s desk retrieving his crumpled up artistic attempts. He is nearly 7 years old and a truly gifted artist. I do not say this because he is my son. A sharp pencil or pen and paper is his chosen medium and from the depths of his soul he creates beautiful and intricate abstracts and hilariously haunting caricatures. We are a homeschooling family therefore he is privileged to practice and delve deeper into his art every day for hours on end. I encourage it, I love it. This is what I want for my children, why I homeschool, so passion can arise organically and be nurtured.

    As I am in his room tidying up and thinking “your dreams are dead,” I shout out to my husband “is this it for me, is my life over?” “Yes,” he says. He always answers my nihilistic questions nihilistically. To a large extent, he is right. In a permanent way that you cannot change your mind about like you can the dream of wanting to be a successful blogger or to own a Louis Vuitton bag, bringing children into the world is a dream all to itself. The dream of children trumps all other dreams. I remind myself of that anytime I despair about not having an aspiration to call my own or even an uninterrupted shower to call my own. I wanted this. These children were and are my dream realized. It is exciting to watch the unfolding of these beautiful human beings. And I am their mother. I am honored to be their safe-space, the place-holder as they venture in and out of their artistic worlds through play and meaningful work.

    However. As I near my mid-30’s, I find myself being less and less content with this idea. I still have something to offer, I have ideas that flood my head nightly once everyone else is asleep and the silence settles in. There have been times when I felt disgruntled about life and have thought about this character that I have seen portrayed in television and movies of the overbearing mother who regrets that she never did anything with her life so she nags, meddles, cuts-down and eventually alienates her children. It could have been different if only she had made a life for herself outside of her role as wife and mother. This persona would top the list as the worst version of myself. I don’t want to envy my children and begrudge them of their dreams.

    There is another way. And I already know where to start. I have been cultivating hopes and desires for people in my family for years. For a passion to bloom, a person needs tools, space and opportunity to create. My children deserve that. I deserve that. You deserve that. As adults, we have to make that happen for ourselves. There is no mother or father around to do it for us now, or maybe, ever. We are creative-space incarnate. No. More. Excuses.



    Our vision for our short film LEAVE is to create a cinematic work of art that both entertains and inspires positive change. If you are a #WomeninFilm Los Angeles-based Director interested in captaining our production, please contact me.


  • Kurt Brindley 11:26 am on March 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , criminal justice, , , , , , , , , , women's issues,   

    Two Marines walked into a bar… 

    …and the Sailor ducked.

    Ba dum bump!

    Okay, just a couple of quick announcements while I’ve got your attention.

    I am overwhelmed with happiness and joy now that it is Spring, and because of all the wonderful submissions we’ve received to the Relating to Humans Women’s Issues feature in celebration of Women’s History Month. We still have a week or so to go for #WHM2016 and I am still posting to the blog all submissions received to the feature.

    If you’re not sure what all this Relating to Humans stuff is all about. I attempt to explain it all here.

    All RTH submissions received prior to 2016 have been moved to the RTH Archives. There is a lot of compelling reading to be found there so check it out if you have a chance.

    Aurelius, Zeno, and I are vibing to some Nine Inch Nails Ghost I-IV right now, in case you were wondering.

    Zeno & Aurelius rockin' the NIN... and their space heater.

    Da Bro’s vibing some NIN… and their space heater.

    Anyway… With just about all RTH past submissions now archived, that means there is a lot of white space for you to post your work.

    We all know that the early bird gets the best spot where all the book worms like to hang out, if you know what I mean… So submit early and submit often, but only submit one article or piece at a time per feature. If you want to submit something new to a feature that you already have something submitted to, let me know and I’ll archive the old so you can share with us the new.

    From now through the summer months, I plan/hope to be heavily involved with the raising of funds and then the production of my short film LEAVE out in Los Angeles. Fingers crossed.

    Consequently, I am not going to have as much time to spend writing stuff here for you to read, hence the awkward necessity of this awkwardness. Consequently, I am going to be looking to your submissions to the various RTH features to pull from and post to the blog. Consequently, I am going to need you all to post a lot of compelling and awareness-raising stuff up there for me to pull from. Consequently, I am going to be adding even more features for you to submit your work to.

    Can you dig it?

    I’m thinking new features such as: “Health Issues,” (notice how I put that comma before the closing quotes? strange how we do it that way here in ‘Merica (prounounced: mur/e/ka) when our good friends across The Pond would put them outside the closing quotes… isn’t life wonderful with all its little peculiarities like that? though, in actuality, since I’ve now added this interesting – at least to me – parenthetical aside, I guess the comma really should go after the closing parenthesis… oh well. my blog my (broken) rules.), “Criminal Justice Issues,” and although I’m a bit hesitant about this one because I’m not totally convinced it fits comfortably with the other features but we’ll see how it goes… “Relationship Issues.”

    I am going to ask/require that all human-related creative submissions, such as poetry as the primary example, be submitted only to its designated creative artsy-type feature. In other words, please submit your poems, photography, flash fiction, etc. only to its specific feature. In other words, all poems submitted to the “Women’s Issues” feature will be moved to the “Poetry” feature. To me it will be more interesting to read poetry or any other pieces submitted to the artsy-fartsy type features that cover many diverse, human-related topics in one feature. In other words, I hope I didn’t confuse you as much as I just confused myself.

    April is “Sexual Assault Awareness Month” so, unfortunately, there may be opportunities to speak to that very unfortunate and sadly big issue.

    Let’s start identifying “Trigger Warnings” where applicable, please. I think for a place like this those are a crucial necessity.

    So… that’s about it. Please start submitting away and I will move all the submissions that move me to the blog so they can move all of us into a broader, more compassionate understanding of all that’s going on in and all around this pretty yet petulant planet of ours that we all can and do and must relate to because like it or not we are all humans and we are ultimately all related.

    All** cool?


    One last thing!

    Have you considered donating a buck* or two to help me get my short film off the ground? If you do, I will help you promote your book, your project, or a cause your most passionate about. You can learn how here.

    And if you’re a Newsletter Love subscriber, I’ll promote your work to our dedicated, and growing, newsletter group, as well.

    Right on?

    Write. On!

    And remember…

    Friends don’t let friends drive drunk, vote for Trump… or stumble headfirst into bars.

    For pain will surely ensue if they do.

    *Paypal accepts just about all major global denominations.
    **Yes, you’re right. I did use an awful lot of “alls” in this post for some reason.


    • 1banjo 11:50 am on March 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      We do not say “‘Merica (prounounced: mur/e/ka).” That is a calumny of the left meant to disparage people they regard as lower in class and status. It is cheap and ignorant. On this basis alone, I take my leave of your website after only one visit.


    • Joy Pixley 12:01 pm on March 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I had to read the joke three times to get it. Possibly there was a “walking into a bar” episode earlier in my life that has affected me. ;-)

      And I thought you had exactly the right number of all’s.

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    • kirizar 2:21 pm on March 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Now I am curious….does that make you a Marine or a Sailor in the above example?

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      • Kurt Brindley 2:26 pm on March 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        And, keeping in mind that both Sailors and Marines are within the Department of the Navy and are all brothers and sisters in arms, I am curious as to how there could ever be any question and/or doubt as to my military affiliation?

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        • kirizar 1:49 pm on March 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          Well, I suppose I could troll your site to find the answer, but instead, I’ll ask “How many lumps do you currently have on your forehead?” Then, I will have my answer.


          • Kurt Brindley 4:04 pm on March 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

            Strange that you consider visiting a site to be trolling. Trolling usually is a term reserved for one who instigates arguments and other annoying nonsense via commenting on posts they have no business commenting on.

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            • kirizar 11:01 pm on March 27, 2016 Permalink

              Perhaps I mean ‘troll’ as in hunker under a bridge and lure billy goats to their doom? Not that that is much better, or even what I really mean, but I refuse to give up a perfectly good Aesop’s-esque reference if I don’t have to. (Note: I’ve hit an age where my brain won’t give me the word I mean and instead hands me one that starts with the same letter or rhymes…or ends in ‘Y’. I don’t know why it does this, I suspect years of sleep deprivation have made it surly.)

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    • seanknox183 8:38 am on March 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Kurt. I’m new to your blog. It was great! May I ask, what is your short film about?

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:44 am on March 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hi, seanknox183. Thank you for your kind comment. The film is set in the Nineties and it is about a US Warship” all-male crew’s reaction to the arrival of the ship’s first female sailors. My whole site is pretty much set up as promotion for the film so a good start to a broader understand would be here.

        Thanks again.


        • seanknox183 4:09 am on March 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          I have just had a look – it looks very interesting. I will follow your blog and track progress :) Thank you

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    • Mellow Curmudgeon 11:31 am on March 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I love that phrase “pretty yet petulant planet”. I also like to punctuate as logically as our language will permit, so I ended the previous sentence the way they do on the other side of the pond. On the other hand, why they spell “honor” with a “u” remains a mystery to me.

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    • afinedealblog 2:13 pm on March 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Well I’m going to follow you partner. What ‘s to lose by following you, your responses alone are interesting.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Kurt Brindley 2:29 pm on March 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Welcome, my friend. I’m happy you think so.

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        • afinedealblog 3:19 pm on April 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          I’m following, I think but could not get your subscription to newsletter completed. Said it did not accept my email. Dude, here is my email.newearth84@icloud.com I would like to receive your newsletter

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          • Kurt Brindley 6:45 pm on April 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

            I think you’re in. I received several notifications of your subscription. I really appreciate your interest – thank you for subscribing, a finedealblog.


        • afinedealblog 5:21 pm on April 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          Look here Brindley, I just found you and you seem understanding and open minded. I see your pic and hope I I am not too late. I just wish you would tell the cells in your body to slow the hell down there is this woman who wants to talk with me. You know that works, it does, talking to the cells in your body. I believe you can. So I am waiting for you Brindley. my name is Charlotte

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          • Kurt Brindley 6:48 pm on April 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

            Hi, Charlotte. Yes, I agree talking to the body’s cells does work. I’m living proof of it. My lovely and loving wife dedicated much of her time caring for me talking to my cells. And of course I did, too. Thanks so much for the kind comment, Charlotte. I really appreciate it.


  • Kurt Brindley 8:07 pm on March 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: empowerment, , human relation, Janis Joplin, Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, Nina Simone, , , Simone deBouvaire, Toni Morrison, , women's issues,   

    HEROES FOR A MODERN GIRL | A Relating to Humans Women’s Issues Feature 

    by Pamela Schloesser Canepa

    The poet Maya Angelou
    shared wise words that moved me so.
    Songbird Nina Simone
    Did not fear walking alone.
    Nikki Giovanni
    Laid the truth on me.

    Mom bravely raised me alone,
    in the warmest, loving home.
    Simone deBouvaire taught me
    women are not property.
    Toni Morrison’s Pilate
    was free like a wild lilac.

    And I thank them all
    for helping me stand tall.
    Men’s rules, commandments, and laws
    once confined us, we felt lost.
    But there was no stopping
    rebels like Janis Joplin.

    I benefit from their stand,
    and I’m fed by my own hand.
    I thank them all
    For helping me stand tall.





  • Kurt Brindley 7:41 pm on March 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: childbirth, , , , , miscarriage, , pregnacy, , , , , women's issues,   

    DESPITE IT ALL, BECAUSE OF IT ALL | A Relating to Humans Women’s Issues Feature 

    by lorieb

    I grew up in a large family, the youngest girl and second youngest of six children, with two sisters and three brothers. Despite that, or perhaps because of that, I have always wanted to have a large family myself. My husband on the other hand, grew up with just one sister, so he was more skeptical of the prospect of a large family. Of course a large family today is probably only equivalent to half the size of a large family back then.

    My ultimate goal was to have my children before the age of 30, so I could be a young mother and grandmother. After three-and-a-half years of marriage, I stopped using birth control so we could start a family. It didn’t take long for me to get pregnant, but it took determination and perseverance throughout nine pregnancies within the next ten years to successfully create our family.

    I decided to write a book about my efforts to have children for many reasons; the most important one being that it was very therapeutic for me to jot down details of each of my pregnancies, successful or not, to keep them all sorted in my mind. Reading about them now, each one borne complete through words becoming sentences, and sentences becoming paragraphs and pages, is the most therapeutic of all. Of course it is easier to move on when things have ended on a positive note, and my family is complete.

    My advice to others is simple:

    Talk about your fears, disappointments and struggles to anyone who will listen. This can be a professional councilor or a friend or family member. On the flip side, listen to anyone that is trying to lean on you for support throughout their struggles. I remember a co-worker thanking me for “breaking the ice” as she called it, upon my return to work after a stillbirth. My co-workers were all very concerning and caring, but no one knew what to say or how to act, so when I started the conversation they were very grateful. It is always better to acknowledge someone’s pain rather than ignore or avoid it.

    Do not wait too long to start your family. As my story shows you, things do not always go as planned. If you are in a healthy, financially stable relationship, and both of you want to have children, don’t procrastinate. That’s why humans have a nine-month gestation; it gives you time to get used to the idea of a baby in the family.

    Work hard for what you believe in and want out of life. Do not let others tell you that you cannot do something that you believe you can. Do not believe that you cannot do something until you have tried your best to do it.

    Do not take anything you have for granted, especially your health, but also your intelligence, athletic abilities, and anything else that makes you different from others.

    Last, but not least, when you are feeling down, take a moment to realize that there is always someone worse off than you in any given situation. Think of the good and positive things in your life, (I do not mean materialistic things) and be sure to surround yourself with positive people that really care about you. Delete the negative things and people from your life. Make a written list of these things, referring to it often and adding to the list as you work through your struggles.

    I can write this story now with humor, candor, wisdom and hindsight, all things I did not have much of when I was first starting out on my path to motherhood. Hopefully, this will provide inspiration and comfort to others that have or are going through the frustration and heartbreak of losing a child during pregnancy.


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  • Kurt Brindley 12:08 pm on March 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: abusive relationships, , , , , , , , , , , , women's issues,   

    THE LIES WE TELL OURSELVES | A Relating to Humans Women’s Issues Feature 

            by Manivillie Kanagasabapathy

    ** TRIGGER WARNING: Abuse **

    Deep Brown eyes stare back at me,
    Fleeting whispers floating between us,
    Shadows creep silently,
    Across broad brown shoulders,
    The darkness melding within the chocolate hues,
    Lengthening to point accusingly,
    At the faded bruise
    That still held faint outlines of his hand.

    “Are you okay? Should I call someone?”
    I hear the teacher’s voice whisper
    In front

    My eyes jump back up,
    Shamed to be caught,
    Starting at the dark eyes,
    That hid darker shadows.

    “I’m fine, I fell”
    I watched her rouge tipped lips open in reply,
    Tasting the words,
    Rolling them around her tongue
    Until they fit,
    Like words spoken
    In love
    In faith
    In truth

    “Should I call a doctor?”
    The persistent voice asked again,
    Concern and patronization moving together
    To create a melody of the question,
    “No really I am fine, I fell.”
    Stronger, this time
    The eyes lit with the flame of memory,
    Recreated to a story to be told over and over,
    Each time more real than the last.

    Hands lift reaching across
    Touch the fading bruise,
    Face flinching from where my fingers lay,
    Turning to look away.

    With a breath, I slowly withdraw my hand
    Shaking as it moves from the mirror.
    Square the shoulders,
    Bright smile,
    A deep inhalation and whisper…
    “I am fine, I fell.”


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  • Kurt Brindley 10:19 am on March 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , identity issues, lifestyle issues, , , , , , , , women's issues, ,   

    I CAN’T PICTURE YOU WITH A KID | A Relating to Humans Women’s Issues Feature 

    by asyarhein


    “I can’t picture you with a kid.”

    “Neither can I.”

    I’m too spontaneous. My passion for writing and journalism was constantly competing with my passion for buffalo wings, rum and Steve Madden; there is no room for a kid in the newsroom or at the bar during happy hour and being six months pregnant squeezing those ridiculous swollen dogs into new candy apple reds is just negligent- everyone knows five inch heels can’t handle that kind of stress. Yet, there we were in the bathroom waiting for a pee stick who decided to use the entire two minutes to make up its mind. I can’t do this. I’m too young. There are so many places I want to travel to. If I get a great deal on Groupon I want to be able to just book it! To call in to work sick and live my life! You can’t do that with a baby there’s planning. Clearly not enough in this situation but that’s beyond the point. The point is… Do babies even get passports? I mean how often would you have to update that photo? I don’t have time for that. Who hikes Yosemite with a papoose? Seriously. I want to wake up in the morning and see a sting ray under my hut in Bora Bora not a diaper genie. And now I’m positive that’s not going to happen.

    “Have you thought of your options.”

    Sure, I had. But what were they? Have a baby. Kick out Jimmy Choo to make room for Osh Kosh. Drop out of school to PlaySkool. Put down the pen to set up one to play in.

    Or don’t. Adoption is an option. Earn my tiger stripes just to give my cub to someone with less of a pride.

    Or don’t. To just pretend it never happened. I mean, Forever21 doesn’t do maternity.

    “…and that sound is your little girl’s heartbeat.”

    They said it was okay to cry but I couldn’t. You don’t pre-order MAC’s new midnight sensation just to make it run. And I would make sure my daughter would know that, or would I? Maybe some happy couple somewhere far away like Arkansas wouldn’t let her wear make-up until 16 or she would be given to some psycho pageant people in Pasadena who would have her glitzed out at six months. I couldn’t let that happen to my baby. My baby. But was I her momma? Constantly teetering on this tottering life was no place for a kid. So I had to stop being one.

    “I’m having a girl.”

    The last 18 weeks of my life had now planned at least the next 18 years of it. She would be mine. She would stalk shoe sales with me. She would be my editor. At the end of the day, it only matters what she has to say. She would be just like me.

    “I don’t hear anything.”

    She was just like me. Spontaneous as all hell. It’s okay to cry they said but I couldn’t. I don’t remember it happening like this on the tv shows or in the movies. The chapter in the health books didn’t elaborate on this. The doctor didn’t break it down like my body did. There was no what to expect when you stop expecting. there’s nothing on un-nesting. one minute im sitting there answering phones and making appointments at my desk. the second minute im up and bolting down the hall passing the click-clacking Manolo Blahniks, my hush puppies stay silent towards the little girls room, the rest room. where this little girl is not resting but not awake. a little girl controlling her own fate. while i was kicking around parenthood, she decided to never kick. i close my mouth and scream. and the tears who have been planning this for so long finally make their escape and i don’t even try to stop them. they grab hold of the covergirl clump crusher and run.


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    • messyideals 10:27 am on March 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply


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    • janjoy52 10:53 am on March 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Now that’s a heartbreaker. Great writing!

      Liked by 1 person

    • kirizar 11:08 am on March 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      It’s an interesting post for a man to share. What drew you to this one?

      Liked by 1 person

      • Kurt Brindley 11:31 am on March 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Before I answer, I’m interested to know why you ask and what about me sharing this particular post makes it so “interesting.” To me, in a context such as your question is asked, “interesting” is synonymous for “unusual,” “strange, “odd.” Is this how it is meant? If so, why do you believe it to be so? If not, what do you mean by it?

        I am not, by any means, trying to be argumentative; I really am interested to learn why you ask and in your usage of the word “interesting” because I believe it is very reflective of many issues surrounding gender relations and the dialogue… techniques? …strategies? we employ with each other.

        There are many reasons for me posting this particular essay: it’s Women’s History Month and I have been celebrating it here all month; I’ve stated many times that I will post all Women’s Issues submissions to the blog throughout the month; it is a powerful essay that brings awareness to important issues; and, most importantly, because “asyarhein” had the care and courage to share it with us.

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        • kirizar 1:03 pm on March 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          I guess I was just curious. It isn’t a topic that men would generally have to worry about–at least, not directly. When I have come to your site I’ve found it mostly to be of a literary/writing based pieces. (Of course, I may have been selectively viewing topics that intrigue me. If so, my apologies for narrowing your field of interests.) Also, you are more aware that it is Women’s History month than I am. I think you score points for that alone. I wasn’t aware we had one.

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    • VictoryInTrouble 11:55 am on March 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      This is so powerful! Very well written. Thanks for sharing it.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Misfit Spirit 5:05 pm on March 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Wow. That one stopped me dead in my tracks…

      Liked by 1 person

    • Therese 5:29 pm on March 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      What powerful writing. The narrator distances herself from the telling, and the emotion just becomes stronger. I went through the same rollercoaster of emotions on my first pregnancy and subsequent miscarriage. Tragic.

      Liked by 1 person

    • asyarhein 9:46 am on March 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      At first I was shocked that you decided to share my story but it helps me get over my stage fright and fear of sharing so thank you so much for having an interest in my writing.

      Liked by 2 people

      • Kurt Brindley 11:25 am on March 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        The pleasure is all mine. I’m honored to have such important writing to share with my audience. I hope you consider submitting more work. Thank you, asyarhein.


  • Kurt Brindley 1:13 pm on March 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: combat duty, , , , , , , , , , , , women's issues,   

    From Pioneers To Propaganda 


    This is a propaganda video direct from the US Navy’s official website.

    More specifically, it is a two-minute or so inspiring profile piece of a female Hull Technician, a rating traditionally reserved for and assigned to male sailors, found on a page from the Navy’s official website dedicated solely to the recruitment of women.

    Now, the word “propaganda” typically comes with negative connotations… at least to me it does.

    However, in this case, I regard it as very positive development, for it was not that long ago that you would have been hard-pressed to find a female “HT” in the US Navy.

    And, happily (seeing how I am a recruiter for my film and not for the navy (though I strongly encourage every American to consider serving their country militarily)), it just so happens that the protagonist and his small division of men of the Nineties-era short film I am seeking your support for are also Hull Technicians.

    Pretty coincidentally cool, huh…

    And it is they, these male HT characters of mine, who, through their dialogue and actions — as harassing and as hazing as they may be — show us how I suspect  know many real-life male sailors would have  felt and reacted at the time about the recent arrival of the first-ever female sailors to their warship.

    I only hope that the first-ever female sailors and other female service members who are right now getting ready to report to combat-related duty assignments, assignments on the front lines and maybe even hidden behind the lines, assignments that until very recently were solidly and stolidly forbidden to females, receive a less harassing and more welcoming environment than the females in the film.

    Please consider supporting me in the making of my short film LEAVE; for I truly believe, with your support the film can provide much needed awareness to present-day realities in an artistic, entertaining, and meaningful way.

    Thank you for your support!


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  • Kurt Brindley 6:21 pm on March 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , information technology, inventors, , , , , , , Women Heroes, , women's issues   

    ADMIRAL GRACE HOPPER – A Genius, A Hero, A Shipmate 

    It’s Easier To Ask Forgiveness Than It Is To Get Permission
    and other interesting wit and wisdom attributed to the Admiral



  • Kurt Brindley 8:00 am on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , child brides, , dowries, , , , , , , , women's issues, ,   

    WOMEN ISSUES…OR ISSUES THAT SURROUNDS A WOMAN | A Relating to Humans Women’s Issues Feature 

    by kalabalu


    Every morning , almost all dailies have a report on women abuse. Mostly domestic violence , dowry issues and early marriage. Each day , I read the story remains same but victims change. The culprit is seldom caught and rarely punished.

    I feel that laws are useless when the enforcement is zero, in some instances below zero , yes going into negative area. The enforcers start abusing and humiliating the victim , they sort of make it appear , that she “asked for it”.

    World has two sharp division, people who are on the “Man’s side” , this group also has women and the other “Woman rights ” fighters, they are vocal but can not always win, because women issue is a social issue.

    If dowry is a bad practice, why do in-laws ask for it ? If beating up women is wrong, why don’t family members interfere ..it seems that society as a whole wants to support the strong and beat up the weak..those women who are strong economically or otherwise , they are seldom abused , but those who are vulnerable due to child marriage or poor back ground..they are tortured and killed..and this cycle is continuous.. Parents feel that marrying off a daughter is important to just move that burden from one’s shoulder to another, they don’t mind if she gets killed..I know that is a harsh way of putting it..but look at the way young girls at 11 are becoming mother and then their kids are getting killed or they are dumped for next victim…



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