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Elayne Clift is a writer,lecturer, workshop leader and activist. She is senior correspondent for Women's Feature Service, columnist for the Keene (NH) Sentinel and Brattleboro (VT) Commons and a contributor to various publications internationally. Her latest book is ACHAN: A Year of Teaching Thailand (Bangkok Books, 2007). She is also the editor of Women, Philanthropy and Social Change: Visions for a Just Society (UPNE/Tufts U., 2007). She lives in Saxtons River, Vt. and invites readers to visit her website: www.elayneclift.com
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 27, 2022 The Dangers of a Deranged Judiciary
This month as we go to the polls to vote for people to represent us at all levels of governance it is deeply important to remember that these midterm elections are monumentally significant in an unprecedented way, with the possible exception of the Nazi scare in the 1930s and 40s. Results of all elections have consequences, but this time they will serve as a precursor to the most consequential election in our lifetimes in 2024
SHARE Wednesday, October 26, 2022 The Life Force of Livid Women is at Work
In 1995 when activist, advocate and former Congresswoman Bella Abzug uttered these words at the 4th World Conference of Women in Beijing, thousands of women there and everywhere felt the force of her words: "Women will change the nature of power, power will not change the nature of women. Never underestimate the importance of what we are doing. Never give in and never give up!"
SHARE Tuesday, September 20, 2022 Cybercrime: The Phenomenon That Keeps on Taking
I'm pretty good at spotting scam emails and texts but I still got caught. Alarmed by what seemed like a legitimate PayPal warning that a large sum of money was being charged to my account, I fell for a message that could have destroyed me financially. It took a Herculean effort to ensure my financial safety and identity.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, September 19, 2022 Is This the Country You Want to Inhabit?
At last alarm bells are ringing. Most sentient Americans are beginning to realize what is at stake in the November midterm elections, and the 2024 election that will follow - unless by then they are cancelled. That's because unless you're a devotee of Donald Trump and his ilk it is now clear that we are in the early stages of full-blown fascism and the death of democracy in America.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 18, 2022 The Other Long Haul Covid
As the new Covid booster becomes available it's good to see eligible people lining up to receive it. In addition to providing a new layer of protection against the virus, the vaccine is a reminder that the Covid pandemic is not over, despite changes in safety protocols that contribute to continued resistance to preventive behavior change.
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 26, 2022 Another Day, Another Newtown: The Obscenity of Gun Violence
When news of another school slaughter broke, this time again in Texas, the bile that rose in my throat was as bitter as the memory of Columbine, Newtown, Parkland - and the other grievous incidents of gun violence in schools - all 554 of them since Columbine, as NPR has reported.
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 7, 2022 A Personal Tribute to Mothers and Role Models
It was a house of love and a safe haven where laughter was frequent, anxiety had no place, affection reigned. It was a Cape Cod bungalow with a white picket fence that made me feel warm and happy. In short, it was 1950s perfect and I wished it were mine.
I lived across the street in a house that became a place of illness, loneliness, and "quiet despair."
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 24, 2022 An Artist, a Mission, and a Meaningful Moment
There are occasions in life that gift us serendipitously. Often they move us. Such was my experience when I met Russian born Alexey Neyman, an 83-year old Jewish artist whose exhibition, "The Habitual Light of Memory," is raising funds for Ukraine.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 20, 2022 Pathologizing Grief: How Long Can You Be Sad?
Here we go again. The so-called experts in psychiatry charged with updating the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5), the less than empirical "bible of psychiatry" that clinicians rely on for reimbursable diagnoses, have decided that six months, maybe a year if they're generous, is sufficient time to recover from a life-shattering loss.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 13, 2016 The Archetypal Journey of Hillary Rodham Clinton
Hillary Clinton represents a new type of archetype - a female hero on a quest who survives the Underground and comes out intact, changed by the experience, and able to create change because of it.
(19 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 24, 2016 Time to Get Behind Hillary
Hillary Clinton may not be perfect, but now that she's the Dem candidate, can we give her her due? Especially in face of the alternative?
SHARE Saturday, July 9, 2016 America's Many Faces of Mounting Fury
America's recent violence against Blacks and police reveals how badly it has lost it's way. What can be done about the overt and incipient hatred that is revealing itself in a nation that prides itself on being "better than that"?
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 25, 2016 Fort Hood Survivors Still Struggle to Recover
Seven years ago an army psychiatrist fatally shot 13 people, injuring 30 others, at Ft.Hood. Why is this attack still classified as "workplace violence instead of a terrorist attack?
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 4, 2016 Patriarchs and Politicians Weigh In on Women
It's been a while since blatant misogyny on the scale we see today reared its ugly head so overtly in political circles. But thanks to Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and others on the far right, we are reminded of just how base male attitudes towards women can be.