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Why You Should Care about Your On-Line Privacy and 4 Easy Changes to Get You Started

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The Eavesdropper by Eugen von BlaasIn the United States, the Bill of Rights guarantees our right to freedom of speech and protects us from unreasonable searches. These freedoms are a source of national pride, a part of our American heritage. So, for me at least, the recent revelation that the National Security Agency monitors our activity on-line makes this Independence Day celebration a little bittersweet.

This Fourth of July, I’m standing up for my rights by taking charge of my on-line presence—and you can, too. Read the rest of this entry

Wifery in Action: Abigail Adams

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In his Pulitzer-Prize-winning book, Founding Brothers, Joseph Ellis names Abigail Adams as one of the eight most prominent political leaders in early America alongside such greats as her husband, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington. (It almost goes without saying that she is the only woman on his list.) Her loyalty to her husband, devotion to their common cause, and excellence as a wife and mother make her a beautiful example of Wifery in Action. Read the rest of this entry

“The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus

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The French gave the State of Liberty to the United States in 1886. The two countries built the statue together to serve as a memorial of their difficult, revolutionary struggles. But, in 1903 Emma Lazarus’ sonnet “The New Colossus” made the Statue into more than just a symbol of the two nations’ independence. Her poem, and the epigraph from it now engraved at the Statue’s base, turned the Statue of Liberty into a welcoming mother and a symbol of hope to immigrants from all over the world.

To celebrate American independence, Experimental Wifery shows you how to really read a poem that reminds us not only what it means to be American, but also of the role all women should play in welcoming strangers and tending to the down-trodden. Read the rest of this entry