Certainly nothing gets done if we prattle on solely about raindrops on roses and Bruce Springsteen, but it's good for the soul to try to leave time for focusing on what's so great about life somewhere in the daily roster. A fine solution, to me, is to take something awesome (YA literature, for discussion's sake), and upon encountering the not-so-awesome aspects of it (icky double standards), use examples of how it's being addressed in a positive way to move forward. I'm thinking of Colleen Mondor's recent post, which I recommend checking out.
Clearly YA lit and society at large has a long way to go in regard to the good girl-bad girl dichotomy, but instead of bemoaning the length of the journey ahead, it helps to know that there are already people out there helping to carve out the path.
These days I continue to divide my time among Olympics fever, baby-book reading, cleaning out my DVR and Little Dorrit (I'm not going to say that I chose my birth doula solely because she noticed it on my coffee table and wanted to talk about it during her interview, but let's say that it didn't hurt). I also have the Girl Detective-approved Lowboy waiting to be picked up at the library, along with Going Bovine which is a nice surprise since I assumed the wait would be a lot longer. Oh, and by coincidence I sat next to Robie Harris's sponsored chair at the Brattle Theater this weekend, which gave me a thrill, being that she's a personal heroine.
It's a miserable rainy time here in the Boston area, but in my little space, sunshine abounds.
Written material copyright 2010 Dawn A. Emerman