Thanks, Carla, for the loan of this illustration.

Saturday mornings were mornings not to disturb parents who were sleeping in, grab a bowl of Frosted Flakes in our Tony the Tiger bowl we received from sending in cereal boxtops, and to sit down in front of the TV to watch cartoons. That was the 50’s and 60’s go-to plan. TV programming was tuned in to this phenomena, running cartoons from 6:30 a.m. until the 9:00 a.m. news. This blog dedicates Saturday mornings toward the same “target audience.” Here is a recommendation for the kid or grandkid in your life:

In honor of National Poetry Month, here is our recommendation for 4/23/22:
One of the “Gutsy Women” mentioned in this wonderful book by Rosemary Rosenfanz, is the poet, Gwendolyn Brooks.



In Gutsy Women, Roenfanz presents gutsy women poets and authors as the daily readings for Thursdays of every week. She heads up her article about Gwendolyn Brooks with a quote: “Poetry is life distilled.”

Brooks lived from 1917-2000, and was “one of the most highly respected, influential, and widely read poets of the 20th century.” In 1950, she was the first African American author to win a Pulitzer Prize ,” which she did with Annie Allen. ” [She] was the Illinois’ poet laureate (from 1968-2000) and the first Black woman consultant to the Library of Congress.”

“After working for the NAACP, Brooks developed her writing in poetry workshops,” publishing her first collection A Street in Bronzeville, in 1945. Her poetry showcased the plight of the Black, urban poor. In later years, she traveled extensively as an activist dealing with “the problems of color.” Her poetry influenced many young, Black poets of the 21st. century.

This book has been a delight to me, allowing me to read about
“gutsy women” of my era, and those who came before. Each day upon reading the short piece on a woman, I think, “You go, girl!” and am inspired to attempt to be “gutsy” in my own life. Thank you, Rosemary, for such a lovely daily “read.”

(This book was reviewed earlier on PWR.)

SATURDAY MORNINGS FOR KIDS ON SATURDAY NIGHT

This book targets teens, especially girls, who appreciate the women who came before them.

Yes, it’s been one of those days; I am way behind in paper grading, housework, and thank you notes. Writing this review of a book intended for older children and teens, is a bright spot in a long, tiring day.

I love the title as much as I love stories of gutsy women!

This book was sent to me by the author upon the recommendation of another local blogging friend. I am grateful to the author and my friend both for putting such a lovely book in my hands. In the book, the author presents short “pieces” on brave, ground-breaking women each day. If you enjoy “_____-a-day” calendars, journals, etc, this book is for you. On Mondays we meet activist and rebelling women who were brave enough to “step up to the plate” and change things. Tuesdays are reserved for mini-biographies of educators and “thinkers,” who just happened to be women. Scientists’ and Inventors’ accomplishments grace Wednesdays’ offerings, and Thursday is filled with the treasures of authors and poets. Leaders are featured on Fridays, and Roenfanz brings to our attention some of the lesser known and fascinating ones. Artists and Musicians take a bow on Saturdays, and ancient and revered “Goddesses” make an appearance to round out the week on Sundays.

Some of my favorite heroes– Anne Morrow Lindbergh, whose book captured my fancy and interest; Christina Rossetti, one of my favorite poets; Dorothy Parker, the humorist and scathing essayist who was the queen of journalism and sarcastic poetry in the 40s –are a few who caught my eye immediately as I skimmed the tile of contents, and the author did not fail to capture the “essence” and accomplishments of the women the author had chosen to include in her book.

It seems to me Roenfanz is a gutsy woman herself for attempting such a huge task and she should be applauded for the lovely compendium of women’s lives in a lovely, lovely book. I highly recommend it!

My Friday Firstliner today is a book I have looked through, read snippets from, and plan to review this weekend here on PWR.

The author, herself, sent me a copy of this book, and I was most happy to receive and review it, for I liked it very much.

Here are the first lines taken at random from the introduction:

365 Days of Gutsy Women is a secular compendium of the same compendium or tradition [ as the many books of daily readings now so popular], a year’s worth of readings that will inspire and fascinate you as you discover extraordinary women who have come before us.”

The book’s offerings include Activists/Rebels, Educators/Philosophers, Scientists/Innovators, Authors/Poets, Leaders, Artists/Musicians, Goddesses, organized well on each day of the week. It is a book I plan to start this weekend and continue reading on a daily basis (as the author intended) for the rest of the year. Stay tuned for more excerpts at a later date.

TUESDAY TEASER

The purpose of this meme, hosted by the Purple Booker, which I first found on Brainfluff, is to grab what you’re reading now and copy a couple of sentences intended to tease your reading audience into reading it. If you come across this post on Wednesday or Thursday (or later), participate anyway.  I would be very interested in seeing what you’re reading.

Here is my Tuesday Teaser for Tuesday, August 7th from a reread of Phyllis Chester’s 1972 groundbreaker, Women and Madness, some parts just as relevant today as when the book was first published:

“These four women were treated and/or imprisoned by male psychiatrists–most of whom were literally agents of their husband’s “will.”…After sexually approaching [Elizabeth Packard] and being rebuffed, he abandoned her to the brutality and anonymity of the “back wards.” She clearly saw [the doctor’s] “cure [for what it was].” This book is an expose’ of a corrupted “profession” managed and maintained by a male patriarchy.