One of the things I like about catching the train at the ungodly hours that I do is that I always get a seat. Sometimes, I sit and watch those around me but quite often, I read. eBooks are great, but I’m a bit of a purist; for me, nothing beats the real deal. I love old-fashioned paper books.
I read your latest piece, called “Don’t let your career make you a bad mother“.
Firstly, I’m sorry to hear that your friend passed away. You say her children spoke at her funeral about what a great mother she was. I think this is to be expected, isn’t it? I mean, that’s what you do when your mum passes away. You speak of how you saw her, as a mother first, regardless of her career. That’s what I did, when my Mum passed.
Jeanemarie Almulla is an accomplished woman. She speaks 3 languages, has a degree in International Relations, has written a book and won pageants. She also speaks to Girl Scouts about confidence, has survived an abusive relationship, fled an arranged marriage in Abu Dhabi, worked with an NGO teaching English to Palestinian refugees and is a firm advocate of self-love. Jeanemarie is also a self-proclaimed feminist who says she wants to empower women.
In some ways, the axing of Dolly magazine is the end of an era. After all, Dolly has been teaching young women about everything from fashion to how to deal with periods since 1970.
Whether you were a girly-girl or a tomboy, Dolly held a certain appeal to us Gen Xers. Melissa Hugzilla of Hugzilla Blog, remembers Dolly as a sort of teenage Bible that got her through her formative years. Rebecca Bowyer, of Seeing the Lighter Side, was more into surfing magazines but still has vivid memories of the real-life stories. “Magazines,” she says, were the only way to “satisfy voyeuristic urges in the days before reality television!”