The last time I saw Paris 

By Jeanne Arnold With great expectations early on our first full day in Paris, Cody, Jody and I left our tiny apartment in Montmartre, rode on the Metro, got off at the correct exit and walked under the Eiffel Tower toward residence areas. We wondered if we were lost. Finally we found a quiet storefront…

Being uprooted

By Jeanne Arnold Good morning! I look out the window at our beautiful backyard with vegetables and perennials growing quickly each day. I transplanted perennials last year from my daughter’s garden that came with their house.  My yard is art for me. Like a jigsaw puzzle that’s never finished, you always have pieces to fit…

Dancing on their tails

Wild Dolphins off the Hanky Panky By Jeanne Arnold Barbara writes:  3.24 GREAT NEWS!! Boating for Women magazine came in today’s mail and I immediately glanced through it. A short article, “Bahamas—Swim with the Dolphins Project” jumped out at me. What a neat trip! I hollered to J, “Let’s swim with wild dolphins!” Jeanne  almost ran to me and…

Samira Gdisis

Sing Out about this UNsung Woman April, 2022 Sponsored by ArtRoots,  a Writer in Residence Project January to June 2022 Submitted by Mary Elizabeth Nelson A perfect passion for people and the arts combined with a heart of gold describes Samira Gdisis, recognized as April’s UNsung Woman honoree. Her nominator Mary Nelson writes, “Samira willingly organizes and…

Trauma & other delights

By Jeanne Arnold  After my thirteen years working with my beloved people at my local hospital, I moved into The Big Leagues as the PR person for one of Milwaukee’s major hospitals, the Milwaukee County Medical Complex, formerly known as the County Hospital, later known as John Doyne. I started as a one-person new department…

Fateful hours at 3 a.m. 

by Jeanne Arnold One Friday night years ago, I entered the emergency room with my camera ready at that fateful hour when the taverns close and the drunks hit the streets. I hung around until 3 a.m. The only emergency incidents that night had to do with anal sphincters—and that was hardly photographic. An elderly…

What’s your pronoun? One’s capacity for love?

by Jeanne Arnold Since 1976, I’ve played around with the concept of androgyny and the use of gender-free pronouns and was captivated by the concept presented in Carolyn Heilbrun’s Toward a Recognition of Androgyny: the realization of man in woman and woman in man. I was entranced with her analysis of Virginia Woolf and her Orlando novel…

With Goddess-like bodies

Full Moon at North Beach By Jeanne Arnold We gathered for our annual August Full Moon Circle on the grassy space across from Lake Michigan’s broad and sandy beach, and each year I do the practical details that are necessary for our gathering including getting permission for a bonfire in case police drive by and…

Loreen Greene Mohr

Sing Out about Our First UNsung Woman March, 2022 Sponsored by ArtRoots, a Writer in Residence Project January to June 2022 Submitted by Lee Ann Roberts Part 1 of 3 Loreen Greene Mohr has been keeping members of our community well informed for more than 40 years. Even those who don’t recognize her name might…

Mother Courage expands the dream

Joining the growing feminist/lesbian network By Jeanne Arnold Barbara’s bookstore dream became a nightmare. At first our store succeeded and sold many books like Rita Mae Brown’s Rubyfruit Jungle and Marilyn French’s The Woman’s Room. Then the Regency Mall opened with two big-chain bookstores that ruined our sales. When Barbara was a teenager, she imagined being a Christian missionary. “Now…