On A Summer Evening

Four female journos played in a mini golf charity event this summer – yeah, that’s one of the differences between the publishing side of media and the edit side, one plays real golf, the other is much better at mini golf. Having to come up with a team name for a tournament happening on a steamy July day on the Great Lakes, there was really only one choice – the Lilly Pulitzers, not only a play on the profession, but also a way to make the team uniform (a mandatory task) fairly easy. As summer winds down, people across the US are lucky and safe enough to enjoy these last days of summer,  sipping their G&Ts during happy hour, getting a couple of last wears out of their favorite linen outfits or Lilly. Continue reading “On A Summer Evening”


The NBA finals start Thursday night. Which means King James, Stephen Curry and hopefully Riley Curry. Much has been made of two year old Riley’s post game appearances with her MVP father. At the beginning of Time.com’s video of her second post game press conference appearance, a female voice can be heard saying “Oh, we’re doing this again,” somewhat disdainfully.   Please please do this again, as a matter of fact, it would be awesome if all press conferences came with a two year old, especially sports press conferences. Continue reading “Team.Riley.”

Manifestation of a Decision

My latest piece on security and women, for PassBlue looked at whether or not sexual violence was being used as a systemic weapon of war in Eastern Ukraine, as the conflict rages on, one year after the first protests in Kiev. The findings are inconclusive, but both the OSCE and UNHRC have positioned the situation as catastrophic for women and children.  What is known is that the country, through cultural mores and basically corrupt leadership, is woefully unprepared to deal with massive violence directed against women.

A weapon does not decide whether or not to kill. A weapon is a manifestation of a decision that has already been made. Stephen Galloway, The Cellist of Sarajevo

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Does a Millennial Not Bruise?

The Salvation Army, South Africa, turned the furor over #TheDress, the one that might have been  Gold/White or Black/Blue, into an amazing statement against Domestic Violence.  Props to the SA South Africa not only for capturing a moment that had widespread public’s attention and powering it for a serious message, but finding the dress in retail.

You can see their campaign in this tweet:

Lots of media outlets picked up on it, including the super cool (in non-ironic way) Quartz.  Only at Quartz, they decided that the cover photo to their article should not have as many bruises as the original PSA.  However, deeper in the article, Quartz published the original photo, leg bruises and all.  Queries to Quartz (c’mon, that’s fun to say) went unanswered as to why the bruise was removed for the cover photo; the bait that draws a reader into an article or book.

The cover image to the Quartz article. Notice that the bruising along the legs are less.
The cover image to the Quartz article. Notice that the bruising along the legs is less.
The image Quartz ran in the body of the article.
The image Quartz ran in the body of the article.

The Salvation Army was originally created in 1865, in the UK to work with those people who were outside of the realm of ‘good society,’ when a preacher left his church and took his vision of Christianity to the street. His intent, to reach those people that church-going Christians at the time wouldn’t welcome into their folds. Today, their mission reads: “Into the world of the hurting,  broken, lonely, dispossessed, and lost, reaching them with love by all means, we will . . . stand for and serve the marginalized.”

Quartz, established in 2012, is a new media venture “built for business people in the new economy” who are digesting media digitally, specifically over tablets and mobile phones. Any comparison between its audience, and the people in churches in 1865 is purely coincidental.