Unlikely bedfellows: ASJA joins Pacific Legal in suing California over freelance assault

Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher sponsored anti-freelance bill in California
Image of Gonzalez Fletcher, author of the anti-freelance bill in California, from Ballotpedia.

Sometimes news strikes a personal chord, and that’s how I feel about the state of California’s latest assault on freedom. A new law authored by state Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher has brought together two unlikely bedfellows—the American Society of Journalists and Authors and Pacific Legal Foundation.

Gonzalez Fletcher’s law is a brazen assault on the freelance writing profession as I know it. Continue reading “Unlikely bedfellows: ASJA joins Pacific Legal in suing California over freelance assault”

From pogonip to Leap Day, TOFA is full of surprises and tips

The Old Farmer's Almanac 2020 photo by Indie Art South
Photo: Indie Art South

In today’s digital world, a publication enduring for 228 years is a thing of wonder. If you dive into the pages of The Old Farmer’s Almanac 228th Anniversary Edition, you’ll see why this book has made its way to millions of homes over the years. From explaining what the word pogonip meant to American Indians to little known facts about Leap Day in the leap year of 2020, TOFA has you covered. Continue reading “From pogonip to Leap Day, TOFA is full of surprises and tips”

Big double standard as radio ‘presenter’ goes full book burner over ‘Fairytale’ song

Still snip from 'Fairytale of New York' with Kirsty MacColl and The Pogues on YouTube.
Still snip from ‘Fairytale of New York’ with the late Kirsty MacColl and The Pogues on YouTube.

I’ve praised the song “Fairytale of New York” (The Pogues) for quite some time. I know the lyrics. I know there’s a term in there that in the USA, is derogatory if it’s used to insult a gay person, but not derogatory if a gay person uses it to describe a fellow gay. You still with me on this double standard thing?

As a matter of fact, ‘faggot’ isn’t the only derogatory word in music, but at present, it’s the only word getting attention. Sadly if that’s your primary takeaway from this epic song, you’re cheating yourself. A person described as a BBC radio “presenter” banned this song because of a single word. Continue reading “Big double standard as radio ‘presenter’ goes full book burner over ‘Fairytale’ song”

Full ‘Cold’ moon on 12/12 sparks imaginations and debate

super moon
Photo of full moon by Indie Art South

The moon has fascinated me since I was a child told by adults it was made of green cheese and/or there was a man in the moon. Even today years later I often walk outside late at night just to see the moon and stars. Tomorrow there’s a treat in store for moon lovers like me, and there’s a dash of mystery that is sparking imaginations and debate. Media have taken up the cause, with most building stories around content first featured in a publication I’ve known since the days I heard about lunar green cheese and men.

This Thursday’s full moon, sometimes called the “Cold Moon”, occurs on December 12. Making this more interesting than a regular full moon, the moon will peak on that date at 12:12 AM Eastern time. Adding a quirk to this phenomenon is the fact that if you add the numbers in our current year, you get the sum of 12. We all know the number 12 is special for many reasons.

What does all this mean, if anything? Continue reading “Full ‘Cold’ moon on 12/12 sparks imaginations and debate”

New in Arts Market: Music by Nancy Wilson Buckler

CD by Nancy Wilson Buckler
CD by Nancy Wilson Buckler

I wrote about Florida singer/songwriter Nancy Wilson Buckler not long ago, explaining I’d always known her as a fellow grandmother. Then I discovered her music. Buckler’s work is heartfelt, and many of the songs will touch those who place family first. We listened to her CD recently on a trip to Carolina, and besides her lyrics, her voice is one of those memorable, well-defined instruments you won’t forget. Continue reading “New in Arts Market: Music by Nancy Wilson Buckler”