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The Myth and the Mundane: Reflections on Women in Society

Artemis, Louvre

Way cool, I just found my BA paper online! The Myth and the Mundane: Reflections on Women in Society. Finding it has inspired me to inaugurate Mythic Monday as a regular feature. The paper lives on the Kepler College Website along with lots of other good reads. I have continued work on this paper since graduation but I enjoyed rereading it in its original form. It now has a table of contents, better organization and even more pages. But I hope this original form is interesting both for its own merits and for its references. This is from the Introduction:

Greco-Roman and Indian mythology and epic poetry give us many examples of goddesses and women.  This paper will explore the relationship between myth and culture in the epic poetry of Greece, India and Rome in order to answer these questions:  Continue reading The Myth and the Mundane: Reflections on Women in Society

How many books do you read in a year?

I saw this question on Plinky  and wondered how many people would have any idea. Do you know? I know because I keep a list and break it up by year. I don’t count articles or magazines, just books. In 2011 I read 34 books with fiction accounting for 10 of those. Fiction-wise, Scott recommended The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series and Scott’s aunt Judy recommended the Percy Jackson series. I thought both were fantastic.  Continue reading How many books do you read in a year?


I made this yesterday from one of my favorite blogs: Chocolate Covered Katie. Here is the complete recipe: The Ultimate Chocolate Fudge Pie. It fit all my criteria for a Saturday evening dessert: gluten-free, dairy free, low-sugar, low-calorie, quick, zap it in the food processor & no-bake. Wow! We both loved it. A long, long time ago Scott used to make tofu cheesecake for potlucks with his dive-buddies and he wouldn’t tell anyone what was in it until it was all gone. I don’t eat soy very often but when I do, this will be at the top of my list!

On beauty…

Have you seen this?

Pass the Plate!

I am one of ten winners of a “Pass The Plate” plate from Club AmoenaKitchenAid will donate $5 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure® every time a plate is passed and registered until December 2009. The promo says,

“Purchase a specially marked plate, created by KitchenAid and Villeroy & Boch, and register it online. Make one of your favorite recipes, put it on the plate, pass it to a friend, and you’re on your way to making an impact.”

My plate is not getting passed as frequently as I would like, due to a bit of a learning curve with the registration form. I guess that is what I get for passing it to guys.  Therefore, my new plan is a “virtual pass.”

Anyone who would like to receive a virtual plate-pass may email me and I will “pass the plate” to you.  You’ll receive one of my favorite recipes,  the url to register the “pass,” and its unique registration number. Register it and KitchenAid will send 5.00 to  Susan G. Komen for the Cure®without any cost to you!

For my first pass, I’ll send you one of my favorite recipes. This one will be for mini-muffins that are just perfect for a brunch or dessert tray. If you send me your address, I’ll also snailmail a pink silicone bracelet from The Breast Cancer Site so you have a souvenir of your generosity! You can also purchase your own plate to pass from the KitchenAid website.

Does that sound like fun? Email me for a pass!

Fitness links:

I just emailed these links to several coaching clients and decided, in the name of efficiency, to post them here.

Recipes: great everyday recipes as well as ones suitable for entertaining guests. Many of these are not necessarily healthy recipes for everyday, but they will get you through a craving. I made the carrot cake cupcakes for Scott’s birthday and they are terrific.

Exercise: I have the basic set with the DVD. Love the DVD! This is my favorite source for workout DVDs. I have the S.W.A.T. one in my wishlist, it uses the bodylastic tubing too.

Two sources for free workouts you can watch on your PC or download to your ipod

Bonus link:

I don’t like to miss anything when I am watching a movie in the theatre, so I have a personal rule about drinking beverages during movies. However, for those who drink … I suggest Just type in the name of a movie to learn exactly when in the movie you can run to the restroom without missing anything important and they even summarize what you will miss while you are gone.

My Inga Collection

I get a lot of questions about my collection of Ingas on Facebook. For those of you who aren’t on Facebook, I have over 20 Ingas in “my friends.” Why?  Really, it is quite simple, when I joined Facebook… wait a minute, does anyone not know what Facebook is? Raise your hands.

Ok, it appears that there are a few of you. Facebook is a free, Internet-based, social network that I joined after graduating from Kepler College because I thought it would be a simple (keyword: efficient) way to keep in touch with fellow Kepler-ites. Did I say efficient? Sorry, it is though. I can stay in touch with friends, cousins, stepsisters, and colleagues all in one convenient place, and for someone who has been dubbed “her terseness”, this is a big deal.

So, I had no sooner joined and sent out “friend requests” or “join Facebook” invitations to everyone involved with Kepler than I received a “friend request” from an Italian guy who had started a group of Ingas. I teased him about collecting “Nordic women” but then checked his “Facebook profile” and realized his last name was “Inga.” Then I felt like a killjoy for having teased him about that and joined his group to make amends. What is cool about it is that we are from everywhere in the Northern Hemisphere, from the US, Italy, Russia, Iceland. It is not a common name, but since Ing is an Old Norse god, the name does turn up in many different languages and countries. I like that I get “status updates” from friends in languages that I can’t read.

Have you met many people who share your name? I certainly haven’t. What experiences have you had meeting people with your name or finding people on Facebook?