TABOO (topics): that would be sex, money and politics

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Dear Readers:

The YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago will host TABOO on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 5:30pm at the Public Hotel in Chicago.

My longtime #GirlPolitics pal Christie Hefner will moderate. The panel will include Dr. Lauren Streicher (author of Love Sex Again), and Maggie Anderson, author of Our Black Year. No doubt, we’ll have fun and be provocative.

If you’re in-town, I hope you will join us. If not, let your friends who are know we’re around, in case they want to join in the fun.

All the best.

Rebecca

Six Easy Rules You Never Want to Forget

speakingDear Readers:

During my book signing in New York last week, a great group gathered and thoughtfully discussed many aspects of women’s political experience in New York over the years.

Among recent chapters discussed was Christine Quinn’s difficult loss the week before in New York’s Democratic mayoral primary. I shared my piece about her difficulties, “Six Easy Rules Christine Quinn Forgot,” featured in Huffington Post New York.

Over the weekend, I thought some more about those “six easy rules” I lay-out in chapter one of Every Day Is Election Day, especially about rule number five: “success in politics is not a one-off.” With my mother and sister, celebrating my father’s, David Sive’s, 91st birthday, I remembered his defeat when, at age 36, he ran for Congress. Then, I remembered what happened next:  he became “the father of environmental law.” Not bad, I’d say.

Remember this, please, as you fight to win today but, maybe, lose.
Rebecca

A Love Letter to Louisiana

http://www.onearth.org/blog/atchafalaya-scrapbook

Dear Readers,

At the link above, you’ll find a piece of mine for OnEarth, the online magazine of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

The article is my 2011 “Atchafalaya Scrapbook,” which makes (just my most recent) case for loving Louisiana. [Thanks to Steve Tomashefsky for the pictures that are the good ones!]

I hope you’ll read the piece, and, more importantly, I hope you will support NRDC, the Gulf Restoration Network, and others doing really great work to save “…the Gulf Stream waters…”

Take care.

Rebecca