Sweet and Sour: Womanly Thoughts

© KJ Hannah Greenberg, 2021

Sweet and Sour: Womanly Thoughts
Seashell Books, USA
Apr. 2021.

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In sixty-six literary bites, Sweet and Sour: Womanly Thoughts invites readers to explore the complex roles of females. This book celebrates moms' ability to simultaneously: mop carpets, diaper doll bottoms, chop beans, and actualize professional jobs. As well, this book regards, jadedly, conventions surrounding womenfolks' socially-assigned limits.

This assemblage is meant to be provocative. It intentionally stomps around uncomfortable topics, dares to engage, to enrage, and to otherwise trigger sentiments. Sweet and Sour: Womanly Thoughts describes The Middle East's history of disputed real estate with the same ease in which it refers to the viability of affordable, herbal galactagogues. This work shovels collective cow dung into double dug rows for the express purpose of agitating, viz., of catalyzing, new questions. It shies away from no prickly or edifying positions.

Sweet and Sour: Womanly Thoughts is a collection of frankly noisy notions as well as is an easily accessible rationale for ordering more chips and dips, new, inflatable swimming pools, or a handful of papier-mâché parrots. This book might make you scold your supervisors while wishing to be elsewhere, hugging your children. It's a peppery itch without the relief of a rub. Above all, this book is an invitation to engage in critical thinking.


Introduction: Growth, Plain and Fancy
1. Personal Assurances
1.1 Not Intentionally Changing
1.2 The Goat Yoghurt Story
1.3 Stone Women Groove Park Geese
1.4 Today is Not Too Late
1.5 Running off from Resolutions
1.6 My F-Word
1.7 Mirror
1.8 Mama Wombats
1.9 Social Prestidigitation and Teens
1.10 Mussar with Love: Fantasies about Getting Published
1.11 Verbal Snapshots
1.12 Tweaking the Family Vibe
1.13 Literally Styling Mama
1.14 Further Liberation
1.15 Of Kitchens, Conventions, and Other “Cookery”
1.16 Living between Heaven and Earth
1.17 The Souls and the Folding Table
1.18 Tree Fruit and Gym Nuts
1.19 Sleep, the Final Frontier
1.20 My Days of Milk and Honey
1.21 Breasts, Ear Lobes and Belly Buttons
1.22 Busted; Rhetorically “Out of Order”
1.23 That Fibromuscular Tubular Track
1.24 Home Birthing
1.25 Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll
1.26Guard Your Life
1.27 Bronchitis, Bacterial Complications and Bigger Perspectives
1.28 Herbal Remedies for Body and Soul
1.29 Homemade First Aid
1.30 One Fewer Chocolate Cordial
1.31 Alternative Health Care
1.32 Needled
1.33Some Observations on Cultural Chauvinism
2. Offspring’s Assurances
2.1 The Volleyball of Claiming to be Unabashedly Sentimental about Other People’s Children
2.2 Family Theatre: Shopping with Kids’ Store Gift Cards
2.3 A Bushel of Tomatoes: Produce and Matronly Common Sense
2.4 Appreciating Children
2.5 All Manner of Sunshine
2.6 Typicalities
2.7 The Heuristic Value of Name-Calling
2.8 Homing Instincts
2.9 Further Reflections
2.10 Only One Minute, Please
2.11 Crazy Baby Vibes
2.12 Schedules and Other Laughable Matters
2.13Welcoming Kids Back Home
2.14Every Child as Valid
2.15Scar or Not to Scar
2.16 A New School Year
2.17 The Pleasantness of Teenagers: Two Perspectives
2.18 Suddenly Teens
2.19 Relationships as Achievement; Two Perspectives on Turning Eighteen (with Rivka Gross)
2.20 Height
2.21 Communication Sensibilities
2.22 And So On: “Importance” as a Relative Commodity
2.23 Refocusing Adolescent Hostilities
2.24 Tunnels: A Parable to Discuss with Distraught Teens
2.25 A Singular Definition
2.26 Honesty
2.27 Trading Places: Two Views (with Rivka Gross)
2.28 Jeans
2.29 Driving Lessons
2.30 Driving Attitudes
2.31 Overtired Teens and Cranky Moms
2.32 No Parental Disgrace in Assigning Teens Household Chores
3. Collective Assurances
3.1 Exhaling
3.2 Life Lessons from a Steakhouse
3.3 Sharing’s not Caring
3.4 A Funeral
3.5 Cell Phones, Electronic Gate Keys, and Automatic Automobile Keypads
3.6 The Sovereign State of New Jersey: Another “Modest Proposal”
3.7 Intertextuality-add from desktop
3.8 Social Prejudices Lived before the Age of Convergent Media
3.9 Linoleum and Larceny
3.10 Grief
3.11 That Most Extensive Balderdash
3.12 Boundaries and Freedoms
3.13Assisted Living
3.14 Possibilities, Disappointments and Realities
3.15 Entitlement
3.16 The Name My Parents Didn’t Use
3.17 Disambiguation, Feral Cats, Kaparot Chickens and Bad Computer Puns
3.18 Critters
3.19 Timon Cat
3.20 The Broken Step, the Rut in the Parking Lot, and the Millipede
3.21 The Dumpster Cats’ Perspective
3.22 The Art of Persuasion
3.23 Rhetorical Strategies and Ambitious Wildlife
3.24 Appreciating Fathers of Teens
3.25 The Safety of Husbands Appreciated
3.26 Generally Appreciating Husband
3.27 Small Changes
3.28 ‘til the Cows Come Home
3.29 Coping: An Electronic Dialogue
3.30 Making Friends: Adventures in Interpersonal Communication
3.31 Mature Men Don’t Blink at Pink or Sound off Because of Purple
3.32 Love and the Everlasting Bridge to Shared Referents
Conclusion: I Think I Can, I Think I Can
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