Tree hugger, tour guide, top writer, feminist, newly-baptized Bay swimmer


Martha Gellhorn’s universal struggle to define her own life

I wasn’t going to watch the new Ken Burns documentary on Hemingway on PBS. I’d written off the famous writer as a macho poser. But then a friend recommended it, so I took a look. And, yeah. Besides having tremendous talent, he was a difficult blowhard. But Hemingway’s fragile ego wasn’t what interested me most. The most fascinating part in the three-episode, six-hour series was the part was about his third wife, Martha Gellhorn. How is it possible that I’d never heard of this woman before?

Gellhorn is considered by some to be the best war correspondent of all time…


Thirsty Work — Chapter 24: by which he meant unholy hell

Detail of the Rape of Proserpina as sculpted by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. That’s Hades, taking her to the Underworld against her will, an act which is romanticized here. Photo found here.

Two young women from California travel to New Orleans in search of redemption after the death of their mother. Carolee thinks she will show her little sister the world, but what they find in the barrooms of the French Quarter at Mardi Gras is more than she knows how to handle, or could have imagined back home. This is the twenty-fourth and final chapter of the novel Thirsty Work.

Trigger warning: rape and violence.

Terry had an ego the size of his cock, dangling down dangerously between his legs. He walked with a swagger. Wore a jaunty white cap. Didn’t…


Thirsty Work — Chapter 23: self-harm by promiscuity

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Two young women from California travel to New Orleans in search of redemption after the death of their mother. Carolee thinks she will show her little sister the world, but what they find in the barrooms of the French Quarter at Mardi Gras is more than she knows how to handle, or could have imagined back home. This is the twenty-third chapter of the novel Thirsty Work.

It took me years of therapy to work out what happened next. I was guilty. I was frightened. I had failed in my mission. And the world I’d believed in was a lie…


Thirsty Work — Chapter 22: leave taking

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Two young women from California travel to New Orleans in search of redemption after the death of their mother. Carolee thinks she will show her little sister the world, but what they find in the barrooms of the French Quarter at Mardi Gras is more than she knows how to handle, or could have imagined back home. This is the twenty-second chapter of the novel Thirsty Work.

It wasn’t as hard as I’d imagined, going back into the apartment after I kicked the car. Everyone pretended they hadn’t seen me behaving badly on the sidewalk, or maybe they really didn’t


Thirsty Work — Chapter 21: when you’re not the real girlfriend

Image by Stefan Keller from Pixabay

Two young women from California travel to New Orleans in search of redemption after the death of their mother. Carolee thinks she will show her little sister the world, but what they find in the barrooms of the French Quarter at Mardi Gras is more than she knows how to handle, or could have imagined back home. This is the twenty-first chapter of the novel Thirsty Work.

When I woke the next morning, everything was different — again. There were the usual bodies scattered across the floor and mattresses, wheezing and snoring. But their faces no longer inspired my affection…


For showing us what a real hero looks like

Photo from CNN: https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/14/us/buffalo-officer-reinstated-trnd/index.html

I was glad to read one happy news story amidst the ceaseless reports of senseless mass killings across the U.S. by people who never should have been allowed to purchase a gun.

That was the story of Cariol Horne, a former Buffalo, NY police officer who intervened when a fellow cop was choking a Black man to death. Thanks to Horne’s righteous bravery, Neal Mack is alive today.

Thank you, Cariol Horne, for showing us what a real hero looks like. She’s not big and strong. She’s not violent. She doesn’t have super powers. …


Big Business and government are colluding to do us harm

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The first time I paid my taxes online I was delighted. No more running around to the post office and the library looking for random forms. No more sitting at the dining table surrounded by stacks of paper for days on end, hunkering over the instruction manual, trying to understand what I was doing, filling the forms in first with pencil and later with pen, in case I made errors, which I always did.

Doing it on my computer, by contrast, was a breeze! TaxAct Online said filing my taxes with them was going to be free, but at the…


And tell the world’s richest man to find his soul

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I ask you: why does the world’s richest man need to bust a union organizing effort? Why does he have to quash a business tax that would help the homeless in Seattle? Why does he treat his employees so poorly that they pee in bottles to avoid taking bathroom breaks? Does Jeff Bezos need another private jet? Or is his dick so small that he won’t rest easy until the whole world is as miserable as he is — living entirely inside our apartments, hovering perpetually over our computers, ordering yet another piece of useless crap from Amazon.com?

There are so many reasons that I hate Jeff Bezos

  1. My husband…

Patsy Fergusson

Tree hugger. Tour guide. Top Writer. Feminist. Newly-baptized Bay swimmer. Editor of Fourth Wave. https://medium.com/fourth-wave

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