An analog mom in a digital world

I’ve been Tweeting & Facebooking about how thrilled I am that Davina Rhine, author of the book Rebel Moms: The Off-Road Map for the Off-Road Mom, has provided me with a copy of the book to give away to my readers.  And I have a great interview with her all set up and ready to go…once I figure out how to use this supposedly easy-peasy-mac & cheesy giveaway widget thing, goddammit!

Initially, I set the gizmo up because I didn’t want anyone to accuse me of mommyblogging impropriety (anyone who has read the comments section of The Feminist Breeder  knows that pissed-off moms with computers are a dangerous bunch, indeed), then the whole thing went kablooey.  As I have mentioned hundreds of times, in this space and on MySpace where my blogging adventure began, I am a hopelessly analog human who becomes frightened and wobbly at HTML code, especially when it doesn’t work as promised.  Oh, how I pine for the days when I could share my innermost thoughts with you in a zine hot off the presses at Kinko’s!  Just thinking about it is making me wistful for the smell of rubber cement.  Mmm, yummy.

Until I get this crap straightened out to my satisfaction, I am going to share some of the other books that I’ve been enjoying besides Rebel Moms:


Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel

As I wrote in my last post, I would very much like Alison to be my big sister.  To quote Juliana Hatfield, she could have taken me to my first all-ages show.  Not the Violent Femmes, though–Joan Jett and the Go-Go’s.  This book was denser and more analytical than the magnificent Fun Home, and as a result is somewhat less effective.  I love Alison, her art, her writing, and her emotional journey too much to share it with even Virginia Woolf.  I’m still processing my feelings about it, though.  I know I’ll need to read it again.


Samantha Rastles the Woman Question by Marietta Holley, edited by Jane Curry

Chalk this one up to my obsession with the clearance piles at Half Price Books.  I had never heard of Marietta Holley, whom the jacket describes as the only woman humorist of the late 19th and early 20th century to address the subject of women’s rights.  What I find fascinating is the oh-so-timely reminder that many arguments against women’s suffrage were biblically based.  Marriage equality activists might be wise to remind the public that the Bible was not only used to support slavery, it was used to keep women out of the voting booth.


By the Shores of Silver Lake, by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Miriam and I are reading this together.  Actually, I am reading it aloud while Miriam fidgets and wishes we were back in the Big Woods, making cheese wheels or going to the dance at Grandpa’s.  This was the least reread book in my Little House collection, and now I remember why–it is grim stuff, with Mary’s blindness, the family’s penury, and Laura’s dawning realization that the freedom of her youth is behind her.  And she’s only thirteen.  The teachable moments about the treatment of Native Americans in Little House on the Prairie were easier and more clear-cut than the ones about Ma crushing Laura’s spirit in her efforts to make her more “ladylike.”  I don’t know if we’ll even make it out to Pa’s claim shanty, Miriam is so bored.

What books are YOU reading?  And if you read on a Kindle, don’t tell me.  I don’t want to know…




2 thoughts on “An analog mom in a digital world

  1. Cathy

    Spirit crushing is the only way to describe the harm inflicted by use of the word “ladylike”. I can’t wait to read “Are You My Mother”. It’s the next book (real not virtual) in my queue.

  2. Bess

    I’m reading a book called “Female Frontier,” essentially about how though male pioneers of the West had differing experiences depending upon where they homesteaded (mining, farming, beekeeping, etc), female pioneers essentially had similar duties, expectations, and social networking systems. As a sort of companion I found a book at the library sale called “LEtters From Home, A Woman’s View of Homesteading,” which is a collection of decades of letters from a woman, who has gone West after marrying a homesteader, to her family. They go really well together.

    Can’t wait to read the Bechdel.


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