Author: March Twisdale

I Haven’t Had a Vacation in Years (but I’m traveling more than ever)

Confused? So was I, until a little over a week ago, as I started packing for my trip around the world. Holy Shit! I’m actually going around the world! (No, I’m not joking. Yes, that just hit me.) (I’m back. Heartbeat normal.) Okay, then! Vacation versus travel. That’s the topic and so, let me ask you two questions. What is a vacation and what is travel? Don’t care? Well, if I do my job correctly, by the end of this article, you’ll agree that this question ranks right up there with, “Will Trump be re-elected?” Don’t believe me? You...

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Josh Tickell Interview – PPP067

Josh Tickell is a Sundance Award Winning film director, bestselling author and thought leader in the fields of youth, climate and alternative energy. In 1997, Josh’s vividly painted “Veggie Van” made headlines across the United States as it picked up used frying oil and turned it into fuel. His subsequent movie, FUEL, went to theaters globally and was shown in the White House. He is author of the books KISS THE GROUND and THE REVOLUTION GENERATION. He is the co-director and producer of the upcoming documentaries entitled KISS THE GROUND and THE REVOLUTION GENERATION. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 56:14 — 38.6MB)...

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Kevin Sheller Interview – PPP066

Kevin Sheller (aka Xane Daniel) joined me on the show, to share the inspiration behind his comic book series: Righteous! Struck with an incredible idea after lamenting the state of the world, Xane wasted no time in assembling an experienced team of artists to create his vision. A 21-year veteran of the video game industry, Xane’s first foray into comic creation is not a foreign concept, thanks to all the years of working with extremely diverse and talented artists. Xane writes and produces the popular series while living and working in the Chicago suburbs. Podcast: Play in new window |...

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In Patriarchies, Women Sell Out or Get Power from The Men

Of course, this isn’t always true…but as a rule? It is. Which puts us, as women voters, in a difficult position. Voting for the vagina on the ticket, deeply underperforms as a guarantee, just like voting for the bible-thumper, the “family values homophobe,” and other people who wave a singular special interest flag…fail us again and again. Let’s be honest with ourselves. When it comes to “power class” women, we are usually looking at a woman who has sold out to the patriarchy as a whole or has obtained her power through the males within her family. These women,...

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The Role of Men in Ending Misogyny

I want to share what I hope will be a SUCCESSFUL reply to the first man who (with all the good intentions in the world) jumped up and “mansplained” how my essay, Stop Mansplaining and Start Listening, got it all wrong. Why am I sharing this? Because we don’t succeed by writing about the issue…we succeed by changing people’s thinking. It’s not enough to be correct, if the audience goes home unchanged, right? So, here goes! Dear Dave, Thank you for your comment. Most men in America (many of them, good & sincere people) share your hope that things...

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Stop Mansplaining & Start Listening

First, if the term “mansplaining” irritates you, go HERE to learn what the term actually means. Now, for all the MEN who have been openly critical of women who are protesting in Washington DC this past week…listen up! You are not capable of understanding the frustration that is felt by women in this country. Yes I just said that and I meant what I said. No, don’t start telling me why I’m wrong. You’ve only read three sentences so far. (Keep reading and try to understand what I’m saying.) You CAN empathize, listen, care, and if you are a...

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Public (Pissed Off) Letter to Susan Collins

My dear, dear woman. How will you sleep at night, for the rest of your life? Will you start drinking? Engage in endless boat rides down “da Nile?” Or grasp at fundamentalist religious straws and convert to radicalism? You’re right, a confirmation hearing for a Supreme Court nominee is NOT a court of law. There is no judgement to be handed out, in the end. There is that small thing about telling the truth under oath, but hahahaha! Why worry your head about that? What a confirmation hearing SHOULD BE, is an intelligence gathering process, followed by a decision...

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Common Ground Is The Only Path Forward

Today, I want to talk about several, powerful groups, that share a common theme, yet are not working together. They even fight against one another. The result? ALL are struggling to gain ground, and perhaps even losing the battle. However, if these groups UNITED TOGETHER, I believe they would be unstoppable. – Healthcare Rights (medical freedom) – Reproductive Rights (access to birth control, abortion, family planning) – Women’s Rights (rape culture, equal employment, equal pay, etc) – Food Choice Rights (GMO Labeling)   In essence, we are talking about Human Rights vs Government Control.  These four areas have devolved...

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The Self-Contradicting Neo-Conservative Movement

So, this morning…I’m exploring pedagogy. Why? My friend and upcoming radio guest, Four Arrows, just shared a video of his recent presentation at UBC’s Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy. And…I was amazed at the name of the department. I don’t know about most of you, but the term “pedagogy” doesn’t often come across as a positive, in my mind. So, I thought, “I must not be understanding that word properly.”  10:45am and I’m off on a dizzying exploration of the term, pedagogy. 10:57am and I am reviewing basic definitions. One of which is this: Pedagogy refers more broadly to the theory...

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How Dare You Ignore Cosby’s Crimes?

To the MEN who want to talk about racism, rather than America’s Patriarchy-based Rape Culture that results in 33% of America’s women enduring this horrific experience (once or repeatedly) in their lifetime…just stop. It is really pissing me off that MEN (of all colors) want to talk about Cosby’s blackness rather than his CRIME. My husband is doing this! My sons are doing this. Their friends are doing this. Men, men, men in all fucking directions are scrambling for ANY escape from the profoundly uncomfortable and disturbing reality that their gender is forcing sex upon my gender on a...

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