activist, writer, and founder of the Feminist Press

Florence in Words

Blog number one.

November 22, 2010

Tags: A Life in Motion

It’s near midnight, Monday, November 29, 2010, and I’m wondering how a blog might differ from the journals I write whenever the spirit moves me, and in which I record what has been going on in my life. One of my favorite questions I ask myself in journals is “How do you feel?” It’s partly a joke, since I used to suffer depression and so the journal was one way of checking on the depth of that condition.

But a blog? It’s purpose is entirely apposite. My journals were and still are private and mean to stay that way. A blog, this blog, is meant to be posted on my new web site. I need to be discreet and yet open. I need to be clear and yet mysterious. I need to be cheerful, even funny. And most of all I need to be read, and what do I know about who might want to read my blog? Absolutely nothing.

So with definitions cleared away, I will begin.

Mostly, since A Life in Motion has gone to press, I have been inert, and worse than that, when I can gather some energy, it is for worrying, and of course digging into the spot I am in, not moving, not doing anything, just feeling like a blob of worry. When I can occasionally think about how to feel human again, I know that I must get moving, if not physically, then in my brain. I need to work hard on a new project. But which one?


  1. December 20, 2010 10:42 PM EST
    Just found your blog (after reading your annual letter which I always love to receive). How about the next project as "The Tillie We Knew"? So far five of Mom's progeny have signed on - Rebekah, Jesse, Laurie, Kathie and (oh so reluctantly) me.
    I am hoping to come to MLA -just to be there for the launch of your book. Sending you love...
    - Julie

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"Everyone concerned about global feminism, women’s contributions, and humanity’s future will be enhanced and enchanted by A Life in Motion.”—Blanche Wiesen Cook, author of Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume I and Volume II
Lecture delivered by Florence Howe on January 8, 2011, at the Modern Language Association Annual Convention
“It is impossible to imagine women’s studies without Florence Howe. Myths of Coeducation shows her vision and courage, insight and dauntlessness.”–Catharine R. Stimpson, Rutgers University
A revised and expanded edition of the classic groundbreaking anthology of 20th-century American women's poetry, representing more than 100 poets from Amy Lowell to Anne Sexton to Rita Dove.

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