Tuesday, April 12, 2011

One step forward, two steps back...

If you have had the recent pleasure of talking to young women in their
20s you are,I am sure, delighted with how absolutely incredible they are. Amazingly smart,ambitious,and confident, they just seem to have it all together. However, in a recent conversation with several young college-age women I was shocked and bummed to find them in a not much better place in their relationships with men than we were ,years ago, or probably where our moms and maybe even our grandmas were. They are in relationships where they feel unappreciated,insecure, and where they put in 90% of the effort and compromise. Behavior they would refuse to accept, understand or shrug off in their jobs ,or from their girlfriends or family, they endure without complaint from their men. Agh! What can we tell them to change their ways, to demand to be treated better? Or will be be having the same conversation about our granddaughters?

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Bill Moyers at Penn

Once again had the wonderful experience of accompanying my D to an Annenberg lecture, this one with Bill Moyers. His career has included press secretary to LBJ, best selling author and over 30 Emmys for his work with CBS news and his 40 years on PBS.
Listening to him talk is like having history come alive, especially with his amazing LBJ stories. His voice with it's wonderful folksy accent is just as wonderful in person as on TV and his mind is just as sharp. Here's some of the best of what he had to say...Anything in ( ) is mine!
-News is what people want to keep hidden, the rest is publicity. ( Makes me realize how little of what I'm getting is really news)
-Truth comes from hearing contrasting views and comments. (Rarer and rarer in today's fragmented and polarized media. Also makes me realize how nice it is to have a president who is interested in looking at all sides of an issue before making decisions) )
-NPR offers the finest reporting in journalism today, without spin. We would be a more poorly informed public without it. (thanks to Dad who made me an NPR addict!)
-I'm a journalist because I Don't know the answers ( how wonderfully refreshing from today's so called 'journalists' who fit their facts to prove their opinions)