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THE FRONT PORCH – a good place to think about things

After the latest school massacre in South Florida Feb. 14, 2018…we’re asking “what was his motive?” Please STOP! Let’s talk about the causes instead, and we’ve known for a long, long time what those things are that cause feelings of RAGE AND HOPELESSNESS the need for REVENGE, especially in male teens and young adults.  Please read:  Violence Does Not Occur in a Vacuum  

1. He had been getting treatment at a mental health clinic, but he had stopped. (So who followed up when he quit?)  No money for mental health- 15 states with biggest cutbacks

2. He had been expelled from school for disciplinary problems. (What happened to him then?) Education Budget Cuts

3, Many of his acquaintances had cut ties in part because of his unnerving Instagram posts and reports that he liked shooting animals. (And???)
4. His father died a few years ago, and his mother, among the only people with whom he was close, died around Thanksgiving.   Mental Health and Abnormal Grief Response
5. He was living at a friend’s house.   Mental Health Consequences of Loss or Displacement
6. He was showing serious signs of depression (!)
7. He had a fascination with guns  (!)
8.He owned an AR-15 assault rifle purchased legally with no red-flags in his background check (!)  Here’s What You Need To Know About The Weapons Of War Used In Mass Shootings
(The list was excerpted from the article written in the Washington Post  today
There is no end to the depth of empathy I have for this young man so abandoned on all fronts.
We have  no money for education, no money for mental health treatment, no money for healthcare, no money, no money, no money, but we have lots of money from the National Rifle Association and lots for this:  Military Parade Could Cost $30 Million
The White House and Congressional Majority Leadership responses to school massacre.  Shameful.
Here’s the dictionary’s take on all of this: amoral or immoral. Both have to do with right and wrong, but amoral means having no sense of either, like a fish, but what the evil immoral describes is about those who know the difference and don’t care as they line their pockets. 


The White House froze an equal-pay rule. Women are fighting to save it.

By Danielle Paquette in the Washington Post

A coalition of more than 90 civil rights groups is preparing to challenge the administration’s decision to halt an Obama-era initiative aimed at fighting employer discrimination against women and minorities.

Emily Martin, general counsel at the National Women’s Law Center, said she and attorneys at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law have requested copies of emails, voice mails and other communications among the federal officials who opted in August to freeze a rule that would have required companies to file data broken down by race, ethnicity and gender on what they pay workers. Continue reading


The Women Who Rode Miles on Horseback to Deliver Library Books

By ANIKA BURGESS in Atlas Obscura

They were known as the “book women.” They would saddle up, usually at dawn, to pick their way along snowy hillsides and through muddy creeks with a simple goal: to deliver reading material to Kentucky’s isolated mountain communities.

The Pack Horse Library initiative was part of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration (WPA), created to help lift America out of the Great Depression, during which, by 1933, unemployment had risen to 40 percent in Appalachia. Roving horseback libraries weren’t entirely new to Kentucky, but this initiative was an opportunity to boost both employment and literacy at the same time.  Continue reading

This article is offered by Ed Raiola


By Lillian Cunningham in the Washington Post August, 2017

In 1898, the Supreme Court ruled in a landmark case that Wong Kim Ark, a child of Chinese parents who was himself born in San Francisco, was indeed an American citizen.

This right to citizenship derived from language in the 14th amendment, stating: All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

And yet, because that amendment had been designed to give former slaves citizenship after the Civil War, Wong Kim Ark’s case marked the first time in U.S. history that the courts confirmed it could also apply to immigrants’ children, born in America, even if the parents weren’t citizens themselves.  Continue reading


“Women throughout history have traded their very lives for the idea that there is nothing more important than nurturing others. In some ways, I believe that. In other ways, I know that idea, unexamined, threatens my sanity and health.” Courtney Martin

Courtney E. Martin is an American feminist, author, speaker, and social and political activist. She is known for writing books, speaking at universities throughout the nation, and for co-editing the feminist blog, 


Here’s a quotation my brother Tom sent me a long, long time ago.  I find it comforting  – a simple and stunning thought that helps quell angst.    Jean

“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”– Arundhati Roy




Suzanna Arundhati Roy (born 24 November 1961) is an Indian author. She is best known for her novel The God of Small Things (1997), which won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 1997.  Roy Biography






The Sacred Path Is the One We’re On written by Omid Safi in On Being with Krista Tippett“Women throughout history have traded their very lives for the idea that there is nothing more important than nurturing others. In some ways, I believe that. In other ways, I know that idea, unexamined, threatens my sanity and health.”

“The torii, the Japanese gate, is said to mark the threshold between the sacred and the profane. Yet the torii is famously open. Sacred on this side, sacred on that side. Sacred to the right, sacred to the left. And while the thousands of torii do mark the path that one is encouraged to stay on, there are also hundreds if not thousands of sideway paths into other shrines, other bamboo-filled forests to wander and reflect. Ultimately, all is sacred, all is illuminated. For the ones who walk on the path, it is all sacred.”  Continue reading



TheyTriedGo to the ASHEVILLE ART MUSEUM on the Slope                                                                   

 175 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville

to see Hear Our Voice, a selection of posters organized by The Amplifier, a “visual media experiment dedicated to amplifying the voices of grassroots movements through art and community engagement.”    

Ten Ways That the House American Health Care Act Could Affect Women

june 6/2017


I’m hearing this over and over again from friends, “we sure are living in strange and scary times.  What’s going on?”

I came across an explanation that rings true to me and seems to offer a large part of an answer. 

Defining Deviancy Down (DDD) was an expression coined by the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan in 1993. Moynihan based his phrase on the theory of Emile Durkheim that there is a limit to the bad behavior that a society can tolerate before it has to start lowering its standards. In ’93, the senator applied his slogan to the “moral deregulation” that had eroded families, increased crime, and produced the mentally ill “homeless” population. Click here to read more about this.



May 25, 2017

I’ve been asked recently why it is that SheVille has “become political”.  Short answer: We are proponents of treating all people with decency, kindness and respect.

Longer answer: Well, to tell you the truth, I hadn’t thought of it as political in the sense of bipartisan.  We all have recently been handed a huge opportunity to state who we are and what we believe.  We at SheVille are supporters of diversity, creativity, balance, collaboration, compassion, sustainability & environmental preservation that challenge greed, exploitation & domination. That’s all and that’s everything.

We appreciate our readers questions and comments. 

Best regard from your editor, manager and chief bottle washer,



SheVille Team

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Comments (6)

  • Tom


    “You can’t ignore politics, no matter how much you’d like to.” – Molly Ivins

  • admin


    for sure! thanks, Nan

  • Nan


    Well, the personal is political after all.

  • Rain


    Great post, Jean! Really appreciate your thoughts and look forward to seeing more publisher posts!

  • admin


    Lorene, Hi
    Thanks for your comment.
    Please send in and also encourage your friends to send in topic of interest that you’d like to see on SheVille.

  • Lorene


    Yes, how could any woman not follow what’s happening in our government. Every bit of it affects our lives dramatically, especially if you have kids, are a single parent and have a low-wage job. Thanks!

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