The first women's federal prison, Alderson in West Virginia, was opened for business in 1927. The same prison Martha Stewart reported to in 2004. Piper Kerman also began serving her prison term in 2004, reporting to the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury. She chronicles her experience in Orange Is The New Black and the basis for the Netflix series.
Much like Susanna in Girl Interrupted, Piper is a privileged protagonist. As her story unfolds, she exposes the different faces of privilege through her interactions with fellow inmates. Issues of race, sexuality, mental health and poverty are explored. Some of the women will have options when they are released, others will not.
July is National Zine Month and the ideal time to make a zine (pronounced "zeen"). Hand-made and about anything you can imagine, zines allow you an uncensored voice. Yes, you control all aspects of the content, design and distribution.
Creating a basic zine is easy! Start with your idea, paper, a writing/drawing tool, and create. Once you have what you want to say down on paper, head over to a photocopier. My favorite how-to zine book, Whatcha Mean, What's a Zine?, steps you through the zine process from "Should I staple?" to "Where do I leave my zine for others to enjoy?"
Intrigued by codes, ciphers and those who break them? The PBS mystery Bletchley Circle introduced a new audience to the fascinating world of decryption.
Susan, Mille, Lucy and Jean harness all their experience gained as codebreakers at Bletchley Park to find a killer. Bletchley Park is an estate and at one time, ground zero for English codebreaking activities during WWII.
Ah, home sweet home...um, maybe. That urban castle of solace can quickly turn into one of strife if you are plagued by nosey or noisy neighbors.
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood never prepared us for the Griswolds and Mr. & Mrs. Smiths of the world. Now that the weather is improving, you can't rush past your neighbor because it's too cold to chat. So how can you move from avoidance to acceptance and appreciate the neighbors you have?
Weary of the election? Does a world without oppositional speech sound perfectly dreamy? Don't rush to give away your civil liberties just yet.
The 2012 Sakharov Freedom of Thought Award is a reminder of the human rights our fellow citizens of the world don't enjoy. Awarded by the European Parliament since 1988 and named after the Soviet physicist and political dissident Andrei Sakharov, the Prize honors those who have made an important contribution to the fight for human rights or democracy.
Do your shower acoustics assist in delusions of stardom? Do you secretly await the lone elevator ride or duck into a stairwell to break out in song? Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of a choir?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you won't want to miss over 6,000 voices and 200 performances of the GALA Festival 2012. The streets of downtown Denver are going to be filled with the sound of music. Gleeks and groupies of Gareth Malone, choirmaster who is changing communities one song at a time on BBC's The Choir, will turn out in force.
Don Cornelius and Dick Clark had us learning new dance moves beyond shake, rattle and roll.
Soul Train and American Bandstand set styles, pop culture trends, and introduced new artists to teens of all ages! I owe my f-i-n-e dance skills to Soul Train while my neighbor says he collected 45s for artists appearing on American Bandstand. My friend Nancy remembered Madonna's performance on Clark's show, one of her first television appearances.
Here are a few of my favorite performers appearing on Soul Train:
Meet Douglas H. Shulman, the 47th Commissioner of the Internal Revenue. He presides over the Internal Revenue Service and probably doesn't have time for too many movies.
If he did relax with a movie before April 17 (this year), he might like one of the following comedies or dramas depicting everything from rogue I.R.S. agents to creative tax preparers. And if you can't find a connection, watch them again employing six degrees of separation between the film characters and the I.R.S.!