Talk Family Planning in the Workplace?

Despite a few family-friendly policies in the workplace, women still torture themselves over the work/family balance.  To change that, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s high profile, controversial COO, says that companies must open the door to discussions of family planning. Problem is, both women and companies are too terrified to raise the subject because it’s thought to be against the law.  However, while it’s illegal to discriminate against parents or expectant mothers, it is not against the … Read more.

Why I Want to be a Vampire (and you should too)

People often ask what prompted me to step out writing biographical historical fiction and write DRACULA IN LOVE.  I have always loved vampires, ever since I watched Dark Shadows on tv as a child.  Here’s why:

I Want to be a Vampire (and you should too!)

By Karen Essex

Friends and readers, let me give it to you straight.  I do not want to die.  It’s that simple.  And now that I have written a vampire book, Dracula in Love, and fully explored the advantages, I really, really thirst to … Read more.

Don’t go to Egypt & cut off its foreign aid until…

I won’t be going back to Egypt.  I would also totally support withdrawing ANY financial assistance to that country.  Those might be strange statements from someone who’s written two books about Kleopatra and clearly loves the country and its history.  Let me explain.

I am sharing herewith in its entirety a report from CNN’s blog about the recent gang rapes in Egypt.  Historically, women of the conquered were raped by the victors as part of the “prize” of winning a war and to assert supremacy over, and humiliate and shame, the losers.  That reflected a savage mentality to be sure, but the recent … Read more.

Glass Escalator: For Men Only

The glass escalator is a new phenomenon similar to the glass ceiling, except that instead of hitting their heads as they try to rise to the top, men entering largely female dominated professions are carried past their women co-workers in winged chariots known as glass escalators.

Not surprisingly, as the job market shrinks, men are entering traditionally female-dominated professions—nursing, teaching, etc.  This is great news for the professions, as far as I am concerned, and also great news for … Read more.