Mothers Against Violence in America has started a Spokane chapter. Their mission: “Mothers and others working to reduce violence in our society and promote the safety and well-being of children.” This group might someday be to violence what MADD has been to drunken drivers. Check it out this Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Spokane Library downtown. The meeting is open to “anyone who cares about reducing violence by and against youth in Spokane.” For information, call 534-6678.
Literary reader: Thanks to June Miller of Spokane who pointed out that Leo Tolstoy wrote “War and Peace” not Dostoevski, as the woman implied who wrote the eating alone piece a few weeks ago on this page. Ever eaten by yourself in a fancy restaurant? Share your stories, please.
Looking for leaders: Every year, the YWCA of Spokane honors women of achievement in eight categories - art and culture, business, community activism, community service, education, government, health care and young woman of achievement. If you have someone you’d like to nominate, call the YWCA, 326-1190, for the nomination forms.
Other YWCA news: A support group for survivors of domestic violence will begin soon. The 12-week group will focus on self-esteem, anger, emotions, grieving, communication and empowerment. Child care is available. Participants must be out of their abusive relationships. Call Debi at 326-1190, ext. 39.
Literary break: Some lines from “The Makeup Poem” by Jan Epton Seale:
No, a woman’s face
all at once.
And yes, I shall wear it.
For: The names are beautiful.
This is closet art.
Men without are not much better
than women with.
Nature loves a color display.
Clowns and mimes are magic.
Home lessons: Charlotte Nelson of Spokane responds to the 1950s home-ec textbook that advised women to spruce up for their husbands before they come home at night, among other suggestions: “I find it a joy to serve my husband and my family. When my husband comes home at the end of the day, I like to have the house clean and I like to have dinner ready. We have six children and the daughters like to rub his feet. I think the old-fashioned way is better. We find a lot of joy in our way of life.”
Cartoon stereotypes: We’d like to know what you think of the images of women and men in the comics. Does Cathy make you crazy? What about Sally Forth and Blondie? Adam? Hagar The Horrible?
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