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My first kiss was in the reference section of a Carnegie Public Library in rural Indiana. I strongly suspect there was magic afoot. My partner in crime eventually moved away, but my enthusiasm for spending time in the stacks continued to grow. Kissing boys was one thing, falling in love with books was an obsession. Emily Dickinson, Jane Austen, L. Frank Baum, Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, Mary Shelley, Edith Wharton, The Brothers Grimm, Ursula K. Le Guin…all excellent companions, those deft spinners of story. When I didn’t have my nose in a book, I was making music—seated at a

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Women’s Rights are Human Rights

Grandmothers Gathering 2006 Photo by Tamai Kobayashi, copyright Stephen Lewis Foundation A few weeks ago James Macgowan of the Ottawa Citizen sent me the following question: If you had a million dollars to give, who would get it? When he first sent the request, I thought to myself…I don’t have a million dollars and who really cares what I have to say on the subject? Then I thought about it a little longer and realized that even though I don’t have a million dollars, I have words and James was giving me (as well as amazing authors like Andrew Pyper,

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