Alison Bechdel got a MacArthur Grant!

Congratulations my dear Alison. What to do with that money? Would your cats like their own house? Very close to yours, but their own? One with a giant fish tank? I will think of more ways for you to spend that money keep you apprised of my current ideas. Love, Nicole


Carrying That Weight Together

Last week we shared a video about Emma Sulkowicz’s protest/art project/thesis, “Carry That Weight.” This week we have found some encouraging updates. Students and alumni have come together to support Emma and her project.


(Photo credit: Kiera Wood/Columbia Spectator)

And even more, Emma’s demonstration has led to others protesting and forcing the conversation of rape on college campuses and elsewhere. Thank you, Emma, for your courage.


Finding A Balance

My favorite line from Helen: “I get enough exercise just pushing my luck.” 

Yesterday I took a walk (helps my lung capacity) so I could practice swinging my arms (helps my spine alignment) and realized how weird that looked. Just to add to the weirdness, I tried walking and turning my head alternating left and right. That’s incredibly difficult for me, perhaps not for you, and I had to lie down in the middle of the street just to calm myself. This is the rhythm of my speech after I read a column from Margaret and Helen.

Mmm, pie.


And exercise.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013



Missing In Action

Sometimes we miss events – important events – for no good reason. For instance, what possible reason could I have had to miss this one?  A cat festival!

It's a photo of Toots this Sunday, posing as Still Life with Flowers

Haters Gonna Hate

Have you seen L.G. Tumbletown’s Tumblr “Let’s Make Fun Of: Anthropologie Furniture” yet? This woman is brilliant! I love her humor, I love all of it, but especially, the bed in the barn with the exquisite comforter because, damn it, it’s cold in the barn and the cow doesn’t fit in the bed and the chickens, they cluck all the time. How am I expected to sleep with those damn chickens?


How Trolls Attack

Poor Anita! Here’s what happens when you awaken internet Trolls with feminist critiques. Anita Sarkeesian’s Feminist Frequency project has them in a fury.
This is the latest installment of her Tropes vs. Women series.

And here’s for a little extra reading on sexism in the video gaming world.

I Have A Lego Doppelgänger?

I’d like to offer a gift to celebrate the awakening of Lego’s acknowledgement of women scientists. The first person to request it via snail mail receives this Lego scientist and her set. We’ll go by postmark date. It’s like the first caller on a radio show. No charge to the contestants, other than postage f0r a postcard. You can send mail to: Nicole Hollander c/o Greensfelder Design; Suite 206; 3701 N. Ravenswood; Chicago, IL 60613. Sylvia and Toots pay for the Lego shipping. And thank you, Tom G., for alerting my to my Lego lookalike.
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Fitting In

I’d like to share a link from Bad Girl Chats friend Tom G. It’s all one world, some of us belong, some of us don’t.

Hollander was my ex-husband’s name. If you come across any Garrisons, there might be a chance that I was related, but since my father just made that name up from his middle name, that’s unlikely. During the Depression everyone had a hard time finding a job, but Jews a bit harder so he changed his name from Silverman to Garrison (Gershon). My grandfather changed his name at Ellis Island from Lieberman to Silverman, thinking it would bring him luck in the new world. This is my family’s version of not fitting in and trying to be a part of this country.

From The Field Negro blog: Saturday, August 16, 2014

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“This is not your country”; even if you are the “Jeopardy!” champion.

I can relate to Arthur Chu’s experience as it relates to his father.

My father was also working on his post graduate degrees in America in the late sixties, and he too would tell us stories about some of the awful things that he experienced while trying to navigate the racial climate at the time.

Unlike Mr. Chu’s dad, though, after he got his degrees my father went back to his beloved Jamaica and never left. As he liked to say when citizens of a certain class were fleeing the island and taking their wealth with them; “I will turn the lights out.”

But I digress.

Chu wrote an excellent article for The Daily Beast that is cut and paste worthy, and I would like to share it with you.

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 “I wrote the piece below in a late-night frenzy on July 13, 2013, after receiving a notification on my phone that George Zimmerman had been acquitted of the murder of Trayvon Martin. I had left a party early, brooding about why I felt so strongly about something that, ostensibly, had “nothing to do with me.”

I had originally kept this as a friends-only post on Facebook, because of the justifiable fear that writing angry tearful screeds about how mad you are at America might be harmful for my career.

As it was, the tweets that I sent out about how depressed I was after the Trayvon Martin shooting got dug up several months later by some National Enquirer intern looking for dirt on the recent 
Jeopardy! celebrity, and I got to see a blurb in the Enquirer asking, “Does Jeopardy! champ Arthur Chu hate America?” ….

Street Talk

This is interesting coming at a time when women in Turkey are being told not to laugh in public and in America women are admonished to “smile” by men. The idea that our behavior is the business of men in the street, that male passersby have the right to ask us to look a certain way is something that most women have experienced and are disturbed by.

Unexpected Mail Order Items

Image my surprise when I opened a catalog which I receive because I once bought something from a catalog very like it. Usually it devotes many pages to Tupperware containers, non slip bath mats and more Tupperware. I was blown away by this item. Oh, how the world has changed!