“We all go through the same things—it’s all just a different kind of the same thing.”~Susan Glaspell American playwright, novelist, journalist, and actress, Susan Glaspell was born on this day in 1876.
On June 28, 1969, patrons of a gay bar in Greenwich Village—the Stonewall Inn—tired of the constant harassment by the NYPD, protested against the latest raid. When police became violent toward the protesters, the gay community fought back in what turned into nearly a week of riots—known today as the Stonewall Uprising. Thus was born … Continue reading The Stonewall Uprising
(C) 2020, JJ Shaun This past weekend, I held Session Zero for a group of youngsters wanting to play Dungeons & Dragons. The age range of most of my players is 11 to 15. Needless to say, it was a little like herding cats. Session Zero is where everyone creates their characters and gets to … Continue reading Session Zero
“How old are you Johnny?” she asked.“Sixteen.”“And what's that-a boy or a man?”He laughed. “A boy in time of peace and a man in time of war.”~Esther Forbes(1997). “Johnny Tremain: and related readings” American novelist, historian, and children's writer, Esther Forbes was born on this day in 1891.
“The most violent element in society is ignorance.”~Emma Goldman American political activist and writer Emma Goldman was born on this day in 1869.
What a stressful week. First, we got a letter from the lender saying they won’t release our funds until we have our building permit. (It’s grinding its way through the county bureaucracy. It was returned to the contractor to verify some natural drainage distances.) The next day, we get word that our home is being … Continue reading Rebuilding the Dream, Pt 91
“A good deal of tyranny goes by the name of protection.”~Crystal Eastman American lawyer, antimilitarist, feminist, socialist, and journalist, Crystal Eastman was born on this day in 1881.
“Reform is born of need, not pity.”~Rebecca Harding Davis American author and journalist Rebecca Harding Davis was born on this day in 1831.
(C) 2022, JJ Shaun Earlier this week, world swimming’s governing body effectively banned transgender women from competition. Why? Because of the perceived “advantage” held by women who have fully transitioned from male to female. (Notice there is no female-to-male transgender equivalent argument as transmen are assumed to be at a “disadvantage.) This argument hearkens back … Continue reading Transgender Persons
(C) 2020, JJ Shaun For the past six months, the “tweens” of the family have been clambering for me to play Dungeons & Dragons with them. For various reasons, the timing hasn’t worked—until now. This coming weekend, I will introduce six novices to the world of the Forgotten Realms. I decided to use a pre-generated … Continue reading Introducing D&D to a New Generation