Dear God, I cannot love Thee the way I want to. You are the slim crescent of a moon that I see and my self is the earth’s shadow that keeps me from seeing all the moon. The crescent is very beautiful and perhaps that is all one like I am should or could see; but what I am afraid of, dear God, is that my self shadow will grow so large that it blocks the whole moon, and that I will judge myself by the shadow that is nothing.

I do not know You God because I am in the way. Please help me to push myself aside.

—  Flannery O'Connor, from this review of her recently released prayer journal.

Chicago Police open fire on striking steel workers and their families killing 10 and wounding around 100. Anarchist Dorothy Day, who was present at the March and massacre, is quoted “On Memorial Day, May 30, 1937, police opened fire on a parade of striking steel workers and their families at the gate of the Republic Steel Company, in South Chicago. Fifty people were shot, of whom 10 later died; 100 others were beaten with clubs.”


Happy Women’s Equality Day

Unfortunately film directing is one of the least equal professions for women. Here are nine women who helped to make it more equal. Since nine is so few in a profession filled with ground breaking heroes please comment with more women!

Alice Guy-Blaché (1873 -1968 ) First female director. One of the first (by a matter of months) fictional film directors. 

Bodil Ipsen (1889 -1964) Danish director whom the Danish Oscar called the “Bodil” is named after. First and only woman to win the Grand Prix at Cannes, a prize that was later retired and replaced by the Palme d’or.

Dorothy Arzner (1897 - 1979) American director who to this day remains the only woman to have directed 17 films for Hollywood. Inventor of the boom mike.

Esther Eng (1914 -1970) Openly lesbian Chinese American director who was the first woman to direct Chinese language films in the US.

Agnès Varda (1928) French director credited with started the French New Wave movement. Honorary Palme d’or winner.

Lina Wertmüller (1928) Italian director who was the first woman to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Director in 1977.

Kathryn Bigelow (1951) American director who was the first (and so far only) woman to win an Oscar for Best Director.  

Jane Campion (1954) New Zealand director and first woman to win the Palme d’or at Cannes. Second woman to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Director.

Ava DuVernay (1972) American director and first black woman to direct a film nominated for Best Picture, first black woman to win Best Director at Sundance.

Love and ever more love is the only solution to every problem that comes up.