INSIDE VAL'S BRAIN

Musings on culture from Valerie Hawkins

My ALA Day with Congressman John Lewis

Val Hawkins
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
The American Library Association (ALA) held its 2013 Annual Conference here in Chicago, June 27 - July 2, 2013. My ALA Day with Congressman John Lewis was Saturday, June 29, 2013! I was very excited about attending a session scheduled for Noon on the forgotten comic book, Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story, and then most excited about hearing Congressman John Lewis speak at 3pm. S  Read more 

Heaven Only Knows

Val Hawkins
Sunday, June 09, 2013
This morning, I very unexpectedly got to see a little-remembered film released in 1947 -- released on my birthday in 1947 yet, if the Internet Movie Database is correct! -- titled Heaven Only Knows (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0039453/combined). It's also known by the title, Montana Mike. It's a black-and white movie starring Robert Cummings and a slew of actors known more by their faces than   Read more 

Healthy New Year 2013!

Val Hawkins
Monday, December 31, 2012
2012 was a great many things, but, chief among them, for me, and likely a great deal of you reading this--? 2012 was stressful. Not that I didn't have enjoyable moments in 2012. I thankfully reached a milestone of years at my job. I unexpectedly sold my old used car and purchased a newer used car. I'm newly responsible for an older cat -- is it really still pet-sitting if it's for six mont  Read more 

Who is Valsadie Springvale?

Val Hawkins
Sunday, August 12, 2012
I'm going to tell you a secret that really isn't a secret. I am a resident of the Second Life virtual world with the name, Valsadie Springvale (http://www.facebook.com/valsadie.springvale). The proper term for Valsadie Springvale is avatar, but thanks to James Cameron, when I say that, people think it means I'm blue, 12 ft. tall, have dreadlocks, and am running around an impossible jungle ha  Read more 

Go and #CheckYourVoteStatus

Val Hawkins
Monday, May 28, 2012
After I read a news story yesterday morning about Florida -- "Voter-Purge List Appears Flawed (http://ow.ly/bcaKB): State records alleging non-U.S. citizens as registered include 21 in Polk, but county officials say nearly half appear to be legit." at http://ow.ly/bcaKB -- I decided to go out to EACH state (and DC) website and find out how you could check your voter registration status. I  Read more 

First 500 Tweets of @RebelliousVal

Val Hawkins
Sunday, May 13, 2012
(As I write this, I haven't quite gotten to 500 tweets yet -- but it's only a matter of minutes until I do, at the rate I tweet and re-tweet, so better to have this blog post all ready beforehand--!) @RebelliousVal (http://twitter.com/RebelliousVal) started tweeting in conjunction with the @RebelliousMag (http://www.twitter.com/rebelliousmag) revolution on April 17, 2012. I had a very  Read more 

Clair Hanks Huxtable

Val Hawkins
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
One of the episodes of The Cosby Show that stays with me is the one where Clair is invited to participate in a Sunday morning roundtable TV show. The three-person roundtable consists of an affected, supercilious host who leads and moderates discussion between a staunch, disagreeable conservative and a tweedy, condescending liberal -- and presumably any resemblance of these three white male cha  Read more