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On the fly …

On the fly …


Yep. One of those days. Lots of entanglements. A load of unexpected work from my publisher. Cold. And no internet.

True to my mantra of “it’s just that,” I am at Starbucks along with a lot of other folks stepping in for a bit of warmth, computer time and even a few “old school” readers with actual books.

Unfortunately it’s meant I’ve had to “kill” the gym for the night–but I’m determined to make do and turn frozen lemons into a nice hot toddy!

Oh … and feel a little boxing joy!


Women Boxing in a Bookstore?!?

Women Boxing in a Bookstore?!?

It seems that historically, women who had the skills and desire to box were consigned to all manner of places in order to ply their skills.  Last month’s Bookstore Boxing event at BookCourt in Brooklyn was in the grand tradition of those earlier exhibitions.

The twist is that the event included author’s Mischa Merz (“The Sweetest Thing”) and Binnie Klein (“Blows to the Head”) reading excerpts from their books.  The main event featured the incredible boxing prowess of reigning WBC Super Bantamweight Champion Alicia Ashley and 2008 New York Daily News Golden Gloves Champion Camille Currie.

The event also provided some insightful commentary on the challenges facing women who choose to enter the sport professionally — decidedly as a labor of love.

Women’s Boxing at Roseland Dance Hall, NYC, 1920’s or 1930’s

The Boxing Gordon Sisters at Edison Studios, May 6, 1901

Popeye Cartoon, “Never Kick a Woman” (Sporting Goods Store Window), 1930’s

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