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The Magical Battle for America 8.19.18

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Now’s probably a good time to remind everyone to check/refresh the wards on your home or wherever you do this work.  Be sure that you’re rested, grounded, and in a comfortable position.  Maybe wrap up in a blanket or cloak and grasp a stone or talisman that matters to you.  Grow your roots, send them deep into the soil, let them intertwine and grow small hairs to attach to the mycelia in your own landbase.

Breathe.

Anchor yourself firmly to your landbase.  Notice a small detail that will call you back when this working is finished.

Ground and center.  Cast a circle.

Breathe.

As you move to our American plain on the astral plane, you can see again the safe hillock where you do your work.  You can see the five giant banners, shining in the sky: Walden Pond, the Underground Railroad, the Cowboy, the Salmon, and Lady Liberty.  Do they seem more defined since we began our work? Do they have anything special to tell you this week?

For a few moments, just sit on your hillock and allow yourself to become comfortable.  This place should be feeling very real to you by now; we’ve been working together to create it for months and months.  What’s become familiar to you?  A tuft of prairie grass?  Buffalo off in the distance?  The scent of sand carried on the wind?  You’ve been involved in a months-long magical working here, joined with magic workers from across the globe.  Feel your connection to this place on the astral plane. It is always here for you, always a source of strength.

As you look across America, you see schools opening back up after Summer break.  Inside America’s schools, you can see teachers coming back to put up bulletin boards, take new textbooks out of boxes and put them on the shelves, fill names into their grade books, and take part in training sessions designed to make instruction more effective.

Coaches have started fall season practice.  There are field hockey teams doing drills on the field, football teams working out with weights, and bands practicing formations for half-time shows.  The drama teacher is selecting a play and the coding teacher is making sure the machines are tuned up and ready to start.

And, in a corner closet, a janitor is testing the bells.  As you hear those bells ring, see the sound waves carry across the plain and provide a circle of protection for the school.  Those who would bring guns into the building are stopped.  Those who would cut funding find themselves too distracted by the sound.  Those who would bully the students can’t get past the sound barrier.

Cast a circle of deep protection around the schools closest to you.  You may feel called to make an offering of food or water.  You may want to dance, drum, chant, or sing protection all around the schools.  Do you feel called to bring in your ancestors or the person for whom the school is named?

However you are called to work, you see a circle of protection around your schools.  The students and all who work there will be safe this year.  Public education is one of the jewels in democracy’s crown.

Now, breathe.

Leave the school secure and return to your hillock on the plains.

Slowly, come down and begin to walk back to your own landbase.

Open your eyes.  Rub your arms and face.  Notice the detail that you selected to call yourself back.  Drink something, maybe sparkling cider or icy water.  Have something to eat, maybe some vegetable soup or a leafy salad.

Maybe you can set up a small altar dedicated to protecting your local schools. You may want to repeat this working several times this week.  You may want to journal about it.  Are you inspired to make any art? If you’re willing, please share in comments what happened and how this working went.

Picture found here.

There Are Two Really Important Reasons to Vote FOR Democrats this November

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Living, as I do, on the internets, I am regularly mansplained by the liberal blogger bros.  One of the things they keep telling me is that it’s not enough for Democrats to “just” be against Trump.*  No, in order to be elected, Democrats must also be “for” whichever particular cause said blogger bro has adopted.  (Oddly, that’s more likely to be “free college” than it is to be “free childcare” or “free birth control.”  Go figure.)  Only by advocating for the blogger bro cause can Dems hope to win this November.

And, well, that’s interesting, although it’s mostly interesting for how indicative it is of the speaker’s privilege.  Women about to lose access to birth control (including abortion), Hispanic workers too terrified to speak to voter registration workers for fear that they’re really ICE (I’ve personally experienced this), soldiers and their families drinking  contaminated water — those and so many others — would be quite happy to “just” get rid of Trump and to make the terrorism and torture stop.

But the blogger bros’ mantra also chooses to ignore the many very good proposals that Democrats (albeit many of them Democrats with vaginas, which makes them immediately suspect to the blogger bros) have put forward and could enact if they had even small minorities in the House and Senate.  So why should you vote for the Democrats on Nov. 6th rather than simply vote against Trump?

OK, maybe you remember how banks screwed over modest-income people during the 2008 financial crisis that those same banks created.  Maybe you remember how
Well Fargo, for example, created fraudulent accounts in the names of its customers, causing many of those customers to have overdrafts and credit issues.  Well, New York’s Democratic Senator, Kirsten Gilibrand, has proposed legislation that would establish postal banks.  This idea has worked well in other countries and in the past.

Postal banking is a pretty straightforward solution to a nagging problem: Today, too many Americans are cut off from run-of-the-mill financial services. As of 2015, 7 percent of households were unbanked (meaning, they had no bank account at all) and another 19.9 percent were underbanked (meaning they had to rely on expensive and often predatory alternative options like payday lenders or check cashers to deal with their money needs). Some people who lack any kind of account say they simply don’t trust banks; others complain that fees are too high, they don’t have enough money to deposit, or that there aren’t convenient branches. Having a familiar local post offices provide checking accounts that don’t require a minimum balance, debit cards, and other services [including small loans] would be an easy fix that could save Americans a great deal of money. A Postal Services Inspector General report exploring the idea pointed out that, in 2011, the average underbanked American spent $2,412 getting financial services. That’s a lot of money needlessly flowing to companies like ACE Cash Express.

Faced with such competition, even the big banks would have a motivation to clean up their acts.

Or maybe you’re strongly in favor of decriminalizing marijuana and ending the for-profit prison pipeline that depends on incarcerating people of color for using marijuana.  California’s Democratic Senator, Kamala Harris, has signed on to proposed legislation  that would would legalize cannabis and:

direct federal courts to expunge prior marijuana convictions and allow people punished under disproportionately enforced cannabis laws to file civil lawsuits against those states.

Money withheld from states with discriminatory marijuana policies would be used to fund job training and libraries.

(She joins Democratic Senators Corey Booker and Kirsten Gilibrand on this.)

But those are piecemeal proposals.  Normally, there’s nothing wrong with that; it’s how the moral universe slowly bends towards justice.  But these times seem to call out for more drastic measures, especially if you listen to the blogger bros.  So, OK, let’s say you want big changes.  Why should you vote for Democrats this fall?  I want to give you two good, big, reasons.

First, one of the most important problems we face is the control that large, international corporations exercise over every aspect of our lives.  The Supreme Court has held that corporations have the same rights as human persons (See, e.g., Mitt Romney announcing that “corporations are people, my friend.”)  That’s problematic for a number of reasons, but one big reason is that corporations aren’t subject to the same rules as human persons.  If a human person murders someone, they can be put to death or imprisoned (rendered ineffective) for life.  But a corporation that murders people can’t be put to death or put in prison.

Massachusetts’ Democratic Senator, Elizabeth Warren, has a far-reaching solution :

The conceit tying together Warren’s ideas is that if corporations are going to have the legal rights of persons, they should be expected to act like decent citizens who uphold their fair share of the social contract and not act like sociopaths whose sole obligation is profitability — as is currently conventional in American business thinking.

Warren wants to create an Office of United States Corporations inside the Department of Commerce and require any corporation with revenue over $1 billion — only a few thousand companies, but a large share of overall employment and economic activity — to obtain a federal charter of corporate citizenship.

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More concretely, United States Corporations would be required to allow their workers to elect 40 percent of the membership of their board of directors.

Warren also tacks on a couple of more modest ideas. One is to limit corporate executives’ ability to sell shares of stock that they receive as pay — requiring that such shares be held for at least five years after they were received, and at least three years after a share buyback. The aim is to disincentivize stock-based compensation in general as well as the use of share buybacks as a tactic for executives to maximize their one pay.

The other proposal is to require corporate political activity to be authorized specifically by both 75 percent of shareholders and 75 percent of board members (many of whom would be worker representatives under the full bill), to ensure that corporate political activity truly represents a consensus among stakeholders, rather than C-suite class solidarity.

It’s easy to imagine the restrictions on corporate political activity and some curbs on stock sales shenanigans becoming broad consensus points for congressional Democrats, and even part of a 2019 legislative agenda if the midterms go well. But the bigger ideas about corporate governance would be a revolution in American business practice to undo about a generation’s worth of shareholder supremacy.

Data from other countries indicate that such a plan can work:

Studies from Germany’s experience with codetermination indicate that it leads to less short-termism in corporate decision-making and much higher levels of pay equality, while other studies demonstrate positive results on productivity and innovation.

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One intuitive way of thinking about the proposal is that under the American system of shareholder supremacy, an executive increases his pay by finding ways to squeeze workers as hard as possible — kicking out the surplus to shareholders and then watching his stock-linked compensation soar. That’s brought America to the point where CEOs make more than 300 times as much as rank-and-file workers at big companies.

Under a codetermination system, by contrast, an executive wins a pay increase by convincing shareholders and worker-representatives alike that he deserves it — something you can only do if workers are sharing in the benefits of growth. Consequently, German executives earn only about half as much as their US counterparts, even as major German firms like BMW, Bayer, Siemens, and SAP produce world-class results.

Of course, this kind of huge transfer of economic power from rich shareholders to middle- and working-class employees would provoke fierce resistance. But reform of corporate governance also has some powerful political tailwinds behind it.

And:

Warren’s corporate accountability initiatives would have huge economic implications but zero [governmental] budgetary cost. At a time of low levels of public trust in institutions, Warren’s proposals don’t ask anyone to have faith that government officials are going to make good use of resources.

What’s more, while the codetermination aspect of Warren’s proposal does draw inspiration from Germany, fundamentally, the pitch for the overall package is a lot closer to “Make America Great Again” than to “make America like Scandinavia.” The basic notion is that the American private sector used to operate in a better, more inclusive way before the rise of shareholder supremacy and [that,] with a couple of firm regulatory kicks[,] we can get it to work that way again.

My late grandfather, who was an old-line [C]ommunist in his day, used to tell me[,] with mixed admiration and regret[,] that FDR had saved capitalism by entrenching institutions that guaranteed broadly shared prosperity. Those institutions, fundamentally, are what was undone in the shareholder value revolution.

Warren’s bet is that at a time when the political right is increasingly not even bothering to pretend to offer economic solutions anymore, America can pull off the same trick a second time — offering the public not a huge new expansion of government programs, but a revival of the midcentury stakeholder capitalism that once built a middle class so prosperous that the idea of surging mass interest in socialism was unthinkable.

So, while the blogger bros can complain that Warren’s plan isn’t “real” socialism (and, gee, there’s no free college there), it’s a radical, but not ahistorical, re-organization of American capitalism.  It’s as good a reason to vote in the Democrats as you’re likely to see in the next quarter century, at least.

Second, another one of our major problems is that our system of electing representatives is broken.  Between gerrymandering, the influence of toxic voices such as Fox, and the de facto exclusion of women and people of color from our elections, it can be difficult for elections to make a difference.  Virginia’s Democratic Congressman, Don Beyer, has a plan to radically restructure our electoral system.  As Beyer has explained :

First, it would allow voters to rank the candidates in order of preference, rather than simply voting for their top choice. Some version of this system is already used in many municipalities, and six states have adopted some kind of ranked-choice voting for congressional elections. If your first-choice candidate does not win, your second or third choice may. This spurs candidates to work to appeal to a broader swath of voters, which would calm polarization in many parts of the country.

Second, the Fair Representation Act would change congressional districts into “multi-member districts,” as used in many states for their legislative elections. Think of it as a hybrid between what we have today and Senate seats, in which two people jointly represent a larger area. States with five or fewer House members would elect all their representatives at large. Any state with six or more members would elect representatives in multi-member districts.

Let’s take Massachusetts. It is home to nine congressional seats, all held by Democrats. Although 24 percent of Massachusetts voters with party registrations are registered Republicans, no Republican has held a seat in the House of Representatives — in 20 years. This means that the Republican quartile of the electorate rightly feels left out and disillusioned, and Democratic candidates largely run and govern from the left, knowing it is the source of their only true opposition.

Now divide Massachusetts into equal thirds, apply ranked-choice voting and elect three candidates in each district. A few things happen. For one, no district is a gerrymandered, partisan swath of the state. Rather, each district represents a larger and therefore more diverse array of voters. This is likely both to attract more candidates and to entice those candidates to speak to the middle of the spectrum. In turn, more citizens would feel that someone spoke to their issue or viewpoint, which would encourage voter participation.

Beyer’s bill has another advantage, albeit one unlikely to appeal to the blogger bros:

Results from local elections that use ranked-choice voting also show that more women would run and win and that minority voting rights would be strengthened by this change — all the more important today given that women make up less than 20 percent of Congress and that racial minorities are caught in legal fights over gerrymandering.

So there you have two really major reasons to vote for Democrats.  One would restructure workers’ rights, our economic system, and corporate control of politics.  The second would restructure our out-of-control voting system, allowing “smaller” proposals, such as postal banking and cannabis decriminalization, to pass.  People who say that the Democrats don’t have big ideas are lying.  They have them — those ideas just can’t get any traction as long as we’re faced with hour-by-hour bombshells thrown from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue towards our democracy.

Until Democrats have a majority in each House, sweeping proposals such as holding corporations to the same standards as other citizens and/or revising our unbalanced voting systems have zero chance of even coming to a vote.  And smaller measures, such as postal banking, decriminalizing pot, and freeing the many people now sitting in expensive for-profit jails for pot offenses, have no chance, as well.

Me, I’m going to vote against Trump.  But there are lots of good reasons to vote for the Democrats.  Either way, you have to be registered to vote and, in many states, voter deadlines are coming up.  Are you registered to vote at your current address?

*I do not dispute that, especially in some very red districts, it may make more sense for candidates not to focus exclusively on, for example, impeaching Trump, as that may energize his base.  But I don’t know of one single, solitary Democratic candidate who is running even mostly, not to mention exclusively, on impeaching Trump.

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The Magical Resistance Is Everywhere

By the way, are you registered to vote? Deadlines to register are coming up fast in some states.  You can register (and check that your registration is still valid) here.

Sleepy Time Down South

There’s this thing that happens in the August days after Lughnasadh and before Labor Day (you know, the major ecclesiastic and secular holidays).  Somehow, the days begin to stretch out, even as the hours of daylight continue to shrink.  I wake relaxed in the morning and seem to have as much time as I want to drink coffee on the porch with the cats.  Summer’s bounty spills onto the counter — tomatoes, corn, squash, plums — and Autumn’s plenty begins to make its appearance:  a few apples here, a ripe pear there, goat cheese wrapped in leaves, and a pot of the first hot vegetable soup of the season.  When it rains tomorrow, I’ll be glad of the warmth.

I made Chinese chopped chicken salad for friends this weekend and had cabbage left over so there’s now a big jar of my first attempt at sauerkraut sitting on the counter.  This time of year seems to welcome experiments; if you fail, there’s still time to start over.  It was sauerkraut or compost.  I used to have a recipe for the most delicious cream of cabbage soup, but I don’t seem to be able to find it, even online.  So, sauerkraut it is.  I keep reading that fermented foods such as sauerkraut are good for my internal flora (but probably not the way my mother used to fix it, seasoned with brown sugar).

The major work in the garden just now seems to be pulling things out and, I admit, yesterday I got a bit of help — OK a lot of help — from a local college student doing jobs to pay for his books.  He pulled all the invasive stuff out of my Eastern bed, which has been the bane of my existence this Summer:  needing work and being almost too overwhelming.  That left me free to pull crabgrass and wood sorrel out of the herb bed which is now pristine.

The cats are happy when I come in with some catmint in my pockets.  Merlin noses me and paws at my pockets while Nimue goes for the kill and pulls the leaves (and flowers — I’m trying to keep it from going to seed and spreading and they’re as happy to eat the flowers as the leaves) right out.  Before our first frost, I’ll probably pull it out of the ground and put it in a pot.  Meanwhile, I’m still trying to get rid of the lemon mint that I foolishly planted years ago.  That stuff will be here long after human civilization gives up the ghost.  That, and bindweed, with its pristine white flowers.   I’ve heard rumors of gardeners who use medical needles to inject saline solution into the stems and — mea culpa — I am fascinated.  I’ve pulled lemon mint out of my front beds, out of the grass at the steps of my deck, out from the strip of dirt behind the air conditioner and don’t get me started on bindweed, although I do save that for later work.

I’m trying to figure out whether sand or mulch would be better for me to push into the spaces between the stones in the patio around my fire pit to keep out the weeds.  It’s been too wet this Summer for any fires, but I’m hopeful for Autumn.  I have a few things that need burning . . . .

By evening, the cats and I are back on the porch, me with a G&T and the cats with a cricket that Nimue caught and is unwilling to share with Merlin.  He sulks and then pretends to catch cricket after cricket to show that he, too, is a mighty hunter.  She is not amused.   I am sorry for the cricket, but not enough to rescue it.  Nature is red in tooth and claw.

I’m reading hard and painful things:  books about Nazi use of the occult and a new book about chaos magicians who support Trump.  Before bed, I soak in the hot tub and watch the meteors, then sage myself to keep the evil out of my dreams.

The nights this time of year lend themselves to open windows, a small fan beside my bed, deep darkness.  You can hear the cicadas (a sure sign of Summertime in the South) and, often as not, hear rain falling on the roof.  The Virginia landbase rises up and calls to me, enfolds me, calls me its daughter.  The rivers of Virginia are full just now — we’ve had such heavy rainfall — and in my dreams I am floating down them,  floating down from the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains to the smooth land below Great Falls and on down to the Cheseapeake Bay.   This is the time of year to sit on the porch and pick crabs with friends and family, to eat icy watermelon, to watch butterflies and bees dance among the purple flowers of the inaptly-named obedient plants.

On the one hand, just now, everything is terrible. On the other hand, Virginia summers are as blessed as Virginia summers almost always are.  My landbase and I are having the conversation we’ve long had and the waxing Moon shines on the paths between the lirope and the hostas as it has long shone.

May it be so for you.

 

Monday at the Movies

So, this is worth it for the views of Guernsey, an island between England and France (and one of the very few bits of England actually invaded by Nazis).  You’ll know the shot of a land-based yoni and Mound of Venus when you see it.  That said, it’s pretty predictable; I won’t ruin anything for most viewers when I tell you that, yes, she winds up with the pig farmer instead of the rich Yank.  You know what would be interesting?  A story where it works the other way, and you understand why, and it’s not a “settling” story.

And the few scenes depicting the actual book club meetings make me long for the book club I had before the Trump Interregnum made us all have to focus on more serious matters.  Also, I sewed that dress, from a Vogue pattern in golden velvet, and I would mostly kill to have it back.

The Magical Battle for America 8.12.18

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For today’s working, you’re going to want to know who is running for office in your district for the Nov. 6th election.  Senator?  Congressperson? Town Council?  Board of Ed?  Secretary of State?  Attorney General?  It varies from place to place, but a quick Google (check the page of your local Democratic Party) search should give you a list of the people running for the relevant positions.  You’re also going to want to know what your State flag looks like and perhaps a few other state symbols.  What’s your State flower?  Bird?  Food?

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Now’s probably a good time to remind everyone to check/refresh the wards on your home or wherever you do this work.  Be sure that you’re rested, grounded, and in a comfortable position.  Maybe wrap up in a blanket or cloak and grasp a stone or talisman that matters to you.  Grow your roots, send them deep into the soil, let them intertwine and grow small hairs to attach to the mycelia in your own landbase.

Breathe.

Anchor yourself firmly to your landbase.  Notice a small detail that will call you back when this working is finished.

Ground and center.  Cast a circle.

Breathe.

As you move to our American plain on the astral plane, you can see again the safe hillock where you do your work.  You can see the five giant banners, shining in the sky: Walden Pond, the Underground Railroad, the Cowboy, the Salmon, and Lady Liberty.  Do they seem more defined since we began our work? Do they have anything special to tell you this week?

For a few moments, just sit on your hillock and allow yourself to become comfortable.  This place should be feeling very real to you by now; we’ve been working together to create it for months and months.  What’s become familiar to you?  A tuft of prairie grass?  Buffalo off in the distance?  The scent of sand carried on the wind?  You’ve been involved in a months-long magical working here, joined with magic workers from across the globe.  Feel your connection to this place on the astral plane. It is always here for you, always a source of strength.

As you look to the North, the Lady Liberty banner begins to glow and to grow larger and larger until it fills the entire sky.  It becomes three-dimensional and you step onto the boat moving across the harbor towards Lady Liberty.  From the deck, you watch as her torch grows brighter and brighter.  One of the rays of light shines on your own state/territory/city.  It picks out the Democrats running for office and their supporters.  The bright light covers them with a glamour and a web of protection.  You see each of them holding the flag of your state/territory/city.  Does it have Goddesses on it?  First Peoples?  Important geographical features?  Historical symbols?  What does the flag tell you about your landbase and about the election coming on Tuesday, November 6th?

One of Lady Liberty’s rays shines on you, too, and you see that you are are waving your flag, holding high the symbol of all that is best about your state/territory/city.  Her light shimmers and the other symbols of your place float around you, adding to the power you feel to influence your local election.  Is that your state bird perching on your arm?  Are the petals from your state flower floating onto the water around your boat?  Is your city’s motto painted on the bow of the boat?  Can you hear your state song playing in the distance?

Use your flag to point to the candidates and their supporters.  Envision a gigantic blue wave of Democratic votes sweeping over your landbase and on to Washington, D.C.  See how your place contributes to this blue wave that will wash our country clean of Trump, fascists, racists, Nazis, and sexists.  You may feel called to sing this wave into being, to dance to it, to drum or chant for it, to breathe in short bursts to empower it.  Once you have raised this energy, direct it down your arm, into the flag, and out over your state/territory/city.  Send the energy to the Democrats running for office.

Now, see either the First Peoples of your place, or historical ancestors from your place, or those who went from your place to fight Nazis in WWII.  Ask them to work with those running for office in order to take our country back from the Nazis.  You may feel called to pour an offering of rum, or bourbon, or wine for these ancestors.  You may feel called to visit their graves and place flowers.  You may feel an urge to check out a book from your local library and learn more about them.

Now, stop for a moment and connect with the energy of your place, with the First Peoples of your place, with the ancestors of your place.  Ask them to guide you towards the practical actions you can take to ensure a blue wave, a Democratic victory on November 6th.  Thank them for the guidance.

Now, breathe.

Turn the boat around and sail out of the Lady Liberty banner to your hillock on the plains.

Slowly, come down and begin to walk back to your own landbase.

Open your eyes.  Rub your arms and face.  Notice the detail that you selected to call yourself back.  Drink something; for me, here in Virginia, it will be a glass of icy cold milk.  Have something to eat; for me, here in Virginia, it will be an apple from Winchester.

I encourage you to do two things this week.  First, begin to take the practical actions that were suggested in your working.  Second, set up a small altar for this election.  You can include your flag, some dirt from an historic site, your flower, a picture of or feather from your bird, and a list of the candidates you will support.  You can place on your altar candles that echo the colors of your flag.  You may want to repeat this working several times this week.  You may want to journal about it.  Are you inspired to make any art? If you’re willing, please share in comments what happened and how this working went.

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Imagine

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Imaginary Political Boyfriend:  Justin Trudeau

Imaginary Gardening Boyfriend:  Monty Don

Imaginary Literary Boyfriend:  Peter Whimsey

Imaginary Detective Boyfriend:  Luther

Imaginary Artist Boyfriend:  Maxfield Parrish

Imaginary Ballet Boyfriend:  Chi Cao

Imaginary Poet Boyfriend:  Rumi

Imaginary SciFi Boyfriend:  Mr. Spock

Imaginary Lawyer Boyfriend:  Atticus Finch

Imaginary Farmer Boyfriend:  Wendell Berry

Imaginary Musical Boyfriend:  Winston Marsalis

Imaginary Spy Boyfriend:  The One Who Drinks His Martinis Shaken, Not Stirred

Imaginary Mythologist Boyfriend:  Martin Shaw

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Imaginary Gay Buddies:  Mole, Rat, & Toad

I Would Switch Teams For:  Hellen Mirren, Judi Dench, Emma Thompson, Maxine Waters

BFFs:  Dorothy Parker, Evangeline Pankhurst, Hillary Clinton, Mary Shelley, Jane Morris, Robin Morgan, M.F.K. Fisher, Diana Vreeland

Dinner Party for Only Six:  Dorothy Parker, Leonard Cohen, Robbie Burns, Hillary Clinton, Churchill, Hatshepsut

Dinner Another Night:  Mitochondrial Eve, The First Woman to Place Her Handprint on the Walls of a Cave in Europe, Empress Wu, Elizabeth I, Sacagawea, Madeline L’Engle

Brunch on the Porch:  Rhyd Widermouth, Peter Grey, Michael Hughes, Sarah Anne Lawless, Sylvia Linsteadt, Byron Ballard

Cocktails in the Garden:  Diotima Mantineia, Joanna Colbert, Wilma Mankiller, Dorothy Sayers, Joan Baez, Gwendolyn Brooks, Robert Muller, James Baldwin, Van Morrison, Deray McKesson, Gus Dizerega, Charles Williams

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Now, your turn.

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