The world is crazier than most people know. But I know. I was a clinical social worker for forty years. I am a witness. I retired from social work to write about the sad, the mad, and the savage; with whom I have spent most of my life. I have decided to translate these stories into fiction, because, as a co-worker once said, "You couldn't make this sh*t up. No one would believe you."

Friday, September 14, 2012


It occurred to me recently that Jane of the Jungle is a feminist work.

One reviewer (who liked the book, BTW) mentioned that it was not believable that Jane would be so expert at so many things, specifically that she would be a hobby pilot, a crack shot with a handgun, and a nurse.

If she were a male hero, would anyone have questioned that?

Now I’m a relatively quiet feminist. I just do my thing and let the chips fall where they may. I’m a good shot (not great) and an expert clinician (behavioral health), although I don’t (yet) know how to fly a plane. (Like Jane, I did have a high school boyfriend who wanted to teach me, but I didn’t like him enough to hang in there) All my life I have wanted to have adventures, and I have no doubt that if the situation were desperate, I could shoot someone without a second thought.

Most women live relatively dull lives, and most of them like it that way. Most people, male or female, like dull. But for those who don’t….why can’t girls play too?

And when they do, why don’t people believe them?


  1. OBJECTION !!! I would not say 'dull', dammit. Settled maybe, calm, established. But no matter what path is chosen in life - the usual or an extra shot - it is always a challenge. And I know whereof I speak - I am the "dull" sister.

  2. P.S. I do agree, however, that society is far more likely to assign Jane of the Jungle's skills with a gun, a plane and sick people to a male. (Nothing personal to male readers.) Oh wait; nursing is still a traditional role for women.

  3. Nothing dull or tame about the women I know. But then we all grew up in the 60s.

  4. @LIan: what's wrong with dull?
    @NP: let's hear it for the 60's! I have to agree, the kids of today are, uh, DULL, compared to us :)

  5. What is wrong with dull ? It's connotations: boring, stupid, etc. Why not say "conventional'?