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    I came home from work one night not in the greatest of moods, and when I checked my email, this awaited me:


    Hi there!

    I wanted to let you know that a drawing of you is featured in the Spring 2014 issue of Drawing Magazine.  You can see larger scans of the magazine on my blog here.



    Thank you again for being such a wonderful model!

    Sometimes, I really just have to sit back and recognize how wonderful life can feel at moments.  I know it is Leah's success as an artist, but it still feels good to be a part of it.  I actually would like some of her focus to rub off on me.  She's going places.
    Then there are the women who don't want us to go anywhere.

    ​This was posted on Facebook and many comments followed.  As you can imagine, many people responded angrily and insultingly.  I get it, believe me.  But I tend to really want to get beyond that, so we can attempt to reach across and communicate at some point in some way.  So after comments like "Idiots" and "Stupid is as stupid does," I offered the following:

    "They have accepted the old ways of a woman being 'marriageable' as the most important thing, and that means putting us in a position of need (less money), so we will be a bit more desperate and the man can be the hero. Their goal would be to keep that way as the status quo, so from their view, we attack the status quo and they may feel it is a war on them. I really try to understand how women come to believe such bad stuff. They drank the kool-aid. It is very sad. When I was 9 years old, I won a male classmate at a game of checkers. When I happily and proudly skipped to my grandmother and told her, she was upset with me. I couldn't imagine why. I was heartbroken at her face. Then she scolded me that I was supposed to always let the man win. I couldn't get past a nine-year-old boy being called a man.  I'm sure I must've gotten teary-eyed because I so often felt that even when I did good, it was bad. This was just one more thing like that. I remember feeling so shocked that she was already treating me like I was
    supposed to be laying  down the groundwork for getting a husband. I was in 4th grade."

    And now for some fun!  Someone reading this can win a pair of tickets to see THE ANTHEM.

    THE ANTHEM is a rollicking sci-fi musical about a revolt of the young against an evil state lovingly inspired by the classic novella “Anthem.” Hunger Games meets Ayn Rand in a world where individuality is illegal. Prometheus abandons everything to confront the State -- controlled by the overlord of evil efficiency, Tiberius. With a forbidden copy of Ayn Rand's ancient tome in hand, can Prometheus overthrow the system?
    The Lynn Redgrave Theater at 45 Bleecker
    45 Bleecker Street 
    New York NY 10012
    CONTEST RESTRICTIONS: Winner will receive a ticket voucher redeemable for two tickets to
     a performance of his/her choice. Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.


    If you don’t win tickets, you can still see the show at a great deal!
    $39 from May 20 to May 28 (regularly $60)
    $45 from May 30 to July 6 (regularly $64)
    IN PERSON: Bring this offer to The Lynn Redgrave Theater at 45 Bleecker
    PHONE: Call 866.811.4111 and mention code ANTRRM
    45 Bleecker Street (box office opens daily 2 hours before performances)
    RESTRICTIONS: Subject to availability. Maximum of 12 tickets per order. Not valid on prior purchase. Offer cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions. Additional blackout dates and restrictions may apply. No refunds or exchanges. Offer may be revoked at any time. Standard service fees apply to all phone and internet orders.

    To enter, all you need to do (in the spirit of keeping individuality legal) is create a word (that does not exist) that you find humorous and send it to me.  You might want to rename a part of the body, for instance.  Just by doing that, you are entered.  Your name will go in a bucket on a folded piece of paper.  The winner will be selected by her/his name being drawn from the bucket.  Though I'm asking for a word, winning is not based on what that word is.  You may enter your word by leaving it in a comment below, by leaving it on my Facebook wall, or by emailing me at  I love being able to do this from time to time.  Good luck!

  2. 10 comments:

    1. Anonymous said...

      Wow what a story. Thank you Mindy.

    2. Unknown said...

      My daughter Debbie came up with a word: "hoboic".
      Adjective. Definition: "Of or pertaining to a person who presents as very disheveled, malodorous, homeless."

    3. Unknown said...

      noun: the feeling of uplift an envious, small-minded person gets when reading about bad things that happened to Sigmund Freud

    4. These are great! I can see using "hoboic" easily on days I'm under-functional. I've received other interesting creations on Facebook. I'm enjoying this and hope more folks participate.

    5. Dave Durkin said...

      When we were kids my brothers and I created the word wadduddy. It basically stands for all that's good in the world.

    6. Wadduddy -- sounds wonderful like its meaning. Thank you for that.

      Folks, I should've mentioned that I'd like to do the drawing and announce the winner in next week's blog. So enter with a word. And good luck.

    7. RHC said...

      Congrats on the Drawing magazine!

    8. The Valkyrie said...

      How cool! And ..... BLARGLE!! Makes me laugh .....

    9. Blargle made me laugh too. Glad you're in the happening.

      Thanks for appreciating the creation, Rhonda.

    10. I thought I'd share this gem that I received in my email:


      I read your blog about the contest and I am submitting a word made up by my niece Elizabeth to describe my hair. She thinks the mullet (hair style) is outdated, but she likes the way it looks on me. She said my hair looked "mullet-tastic".


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