I started Middle Aged Woman Talking in 2010. The layout for facebook was different then, it looked more like a newspaper, and I would very carefully post the articles to flow one into the other. I loved it, I loved disseminating information that I thought was incredibly important. Daily I would check Common Dreams, Truth-Out, Truth-Dig, Think Progress, Grist, Eco-Watch, NPR, Bill Moyers, Huff-Po, Al Jazeera, The Atlantic, Mother Jones, The New Yorker, Atlantic Wire, Jacobin, Talking Points Memo, The Hill, the now defunct Firedoglake, and Raw Story. I'd also check the NY Times, Washington Post, Ms. the LA Times, the Boston Globe, and Smithsonian Magazine. If there was a story that happened in a small town, I'd find out the name of the town and go look up the local newspaper. I strived for accuracy in everything I posted. The mistakes I made were quickly pointed out by my readers and I corrected them. There's so much misinformation on facebook and I wanted MAWT to be a page you could count on.
My definition of an intelligent reader is a person who relishes nuanced conversation and is capable of holding more than three opposing thoughts at any given time. I have been blessed with intelligent readers; readers who live conscious, examined lives and see the clear the connection between the present, the past, and the future. It has been an honor to serve you; it has been an honor to keep the page. And I am leaving the page up because I think we need an historical record of what went on during the last 10 years. A record that is clearly of the people, by the people, and for the people not the media/bot driven narrative.
As of November 2021, I restarted Middle Aged Woman Talking. I'm no longer middle aged, and I wanted to change the name but facebook wouldn't allow me to keep the readers I have under a new name.
So what I decided to do was change the name in the cover of the page to
Political Witch - Smart Crone Talking. All current writings for Middle Aged Woman Talking can be found here: Political Witch - Smart Crone Talking
As ever my darlings,
Live loud, love fierce, and suffer no fools. Katherine Manaan