who do you love?

February 14, 2019 | Leave a comment

Wishing you all a joyous and love-filled Valentine’s Day. I hope you’ll tell someone you love them. More than that, LOVE YOURSELF. Do something nice for yourself–read a book, pet your cat, take a walk, listen to music, take a yoga class, bake something.

"Little Women" Storms Tattoo Set

[word art :: emilymcdowell.com]

If you have that special someone–same advice. Just set an extra place at the table. True love found me later in life, and believe me, it’s worth the wait.

Of all the love stories I’ve written, this one is the best. #ValentinesDay

then & now

February 07, 2019 | Leave a comment

Here’s the backstory of that iconic photo you’ve probably seen, a 1952 classic by Ruth Orkin, titled “An American Girl In Italy.”

"An American Girl in Italy," 1951

(c) Ruth Orkin

Photography plays a big part in MAP OF THE HEART. And this story also highlights themes of feminism and harassment in THE OYSTERVILLE SEWING CIRCLE. In 1952, the Cosmo article said “”Public admiration … shouldn’t fluster you. Ogling the ladies is a popular, harmless and flattering pastime you’ll run into in many foreign countries. The gentlemen are usually louder and more demonstrative than American men, but they mean no harm.”

What advice would you give a young woman abroad today?

And how’s this for progress?

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Carolyn Kaster/AP/REX/Shutterstock (10095150b)
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., right arrives with her guest, Ana Maria Archila of New York, N.Y., to hear President Donald Trump deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington
State of Union, Washington, USA – 05 Feb 2019

How’s that for progress? Have we come a long way? Not far enough? Discuss! 

#MapOfTheHeart #FindYourWayHome

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