I am working on many more quarter-sized zines. Will scan them soon and print them out for my store in ETSY.

As I said I have a store in Etsy, namely https://etsy.com/shop/connieboje.

Here are the zines. I have not come up with a description for them yet so I think I will try right now to save some time later. This is a stamped numbered series of same medium sized zines, which is true of all of the zines in the group. I aim for around sixty poems for each zine but that can vary. I write a big batch of poems in the beginning and then pick the most dominate poem (or my favorite) and add supporting poems. My first thought is to put them together after the dominant poem is picked. This time I switched out some poems that were obviously in the wrong zine so they are no longer alphabetical. Someday I want to publish all of my poems into one book. Not sure how I would organize the poems yet or if I should combine similar zines into one book each.

I am not yet at the physical copy stage of this group of zines. I want a second pair of eyes on my poems, My daughter, Olivia, has been most helpful and encouraging of me to print my poems in zine format. She gives zine talks and organizes zine fests. I also need her expertise on scanning. She has all along been my computer support person when Word took over my ODT files. She also eliminated the MS bloat wear, One Drive, from blocking all my progress to move my documents around. Thank you, Olivia! Now I can use my new computer again!


Zine 26 A Field.

This zine is about land and earth and dirt. I think in some ways this really is my favorite because I come from Nebraska and was born in Iowa. Some could look at my writing as being commentary or criticism of the way things are handled like the decline of forests. But I think I really like to look at the bigger picture so I use the word bigger frequently in my poems.

  1. A Field
  2. Baseline
  3. Battle Cry
  4. Brook
  5. Camping
  6. Commando Babble
  7. Corn
  8. Defend
  9. Defensive Position
  10. Density Full
  11. Depth of Field
  12. Dirt
  13. Divining Rod
  14. Fiduciary
  15. Fields
  16. Firefly Field
  17. Fossil
  18. Frequent
  19. Geothermal
  20. Green Lawn
  21. Humidity Fail
  22. Imminent Domain
  23. Imperfect Pension
  24. Increment II
  25. Inert
  26. Land
  27. Let Us Get Ornery
  28. Light
  29. Look Here
  30. Manager of Man
  31. Mine
  32. Mystification
  33. Plausible
  34. Population Op
  35. Rain
  36. Regular
  37. Rumor
  38. Sand Land
  39. Sandwich
  40. Speck
  41. Stake
  42. Store
  43. Substance
  44. The First Cut
  45. The Land of Lawn
  46. Too Much Power
  47. Tractor
  48. Up Date
  49. Upkeep
  50. Unreal
  51. Vacant
  52. Vast
  53. Vegetation
  54. Vista
  55. Vitriol
  56. War
  57. Weaponized
  58. Wholesale II
  59. Wild Fire
  60. World
  61. Worms
  62. Wrapper
  63. X Treme
  64. Zero Waste

Zine 27 Almost Black Almost White.

This zine is my take on what recently happened with Black Lives Matter. I am not black but poets can write about what happens in society. I am white. I think we are all related in the ancient past. I also look for common ground. Instead of saying we are all of something I think we should realize we are all a little of something else.

  1. Almost Black Almost White
  2. Accurate Rant
  3. All Business III
  4. Attack of the President
  5. Beautiful Smile
  6. Bitch
  7. Black as Night
  8. Black Lives Matter
  9. Blood Relative
  10. Break a Window Burn a Building
  11. Cell Mate
  12. Challenge
  13. Children II
  14. Conflict
  15. Connect
  16. Conspiracy
  17. Contact
  18. Crap
  19. Cultural Appropriation
  20. Dismantle I
  21. Distant Relations
  22. Dumb Luck I
  23. Dump Luck II
  24. Dumb Luck III
  25. Exception II
  26. Extra
  27. False Government
  28. Florida Man
  29. Garbage
  30. Get Real
  31. Government
  32. Gymnasium
  33. Hate This
  34. In the Plaza
  35. Insidious Random
  36. Instruction
  37. Interlocked
  38. Kerplunk
  39. Me Control
  40. Men
  41. Monster
  42. Nice People
  43. Nuclear
  44. Pleased
  45. Police Assault
  46. Profile
  47. Protest
  48. Reconstituted
  49. Red Alert
  50. Right Nostril
  51. Shelter in Place
  52. Social Distancing
  53. Speculative
  54. Statues Down
  55. Tall Order
  56. Those People
  57. White Cloud
  58. White War
  59. Words Hurt
  60. You are Kidding
  61. You are our Two Millionth Customer

Zine 28 Big Pill

This zine is about mental and physical health. It may err on the side of exposing part of my life because I have been there done that. I cannot tell you when I started writing poems as an older female person but it could certainly have been in the psych ward. It has been a journey and while this batch of zine poems reflects me on medication (the first batch was me refusing to take my psych meds) I think they go together and refer to each other.

  1. Big Pill
  2. Baby Hair
  3. Bad Medicine
  4. Big Towel
  5. Blep
  6. Bottle Return
  7. Cal-endula
  8. Calcium
  9. Caught You
  10. Cheap
  11. Chocolate II
  12. Cincture
  13. Crazy Toes
  14. Cut Out
  15. Detox
  16. Drugged
  17. Emergency
  18. Emergency III
  19. Exercise
  20. False Memories
  21. Fortunate
  22. Fundamental
  23. Group Shot
  24. Hero-In
  25. Hit
  26. Hope
  27. Infertility
  28. Infusion
  29. Insecure
  30. It is the Medicine
  31. Jock Itch
  32. Live We Must
  33. May Day
  34. Neuro
  35. Not Telling
  36. Oh Brother
  37. Operational Technique
  38. Pop
  39. Post Treatment
  40. Pre-taste of Great
  41. Quick Fix
  42. Racing Thoughts
  43. Relocated
  44. Rough
  45. Ruin II
  46. Safe
  47. Senile
  48. Seriously Kidding
  49. Structure Play
  50. Stubborn
  51. Sugar-free
  52. Terrible Bedside Manner
  53. The Cure
  54. There Must Be Something Wrong with Me
  55. Thin-Shelled
  56. Totally Okay
  57. Trunk Of Trouble
  58. Up Take
  59. Worry Wart
  60. Wrinkled Paper

Zine 28 Digit Tall

This zine is about technology that we all have to learn and to put up with in our daily lives. While some people chose to opt out of the whole computer introduction, others we inspired to embrace the change and see what they could learn to do. Of course there are always new training for whatever new tech device is on the horizon. For some people it is easier than for others.

  1. Digit Tall
  2. Bigger and Better
  3. Billing Error
  4. Bite
  5. Block
  6. Computer Computer
  7. Computer
  8. Conditional Texting
  9. Confidential
  10. Credentials
  11. Deny
  12. Disconnected Line
  13. Donation
  14. Fingers
  15. Fired
  16. Forbaiance
  17. Get It
  18. Hit Me
  19. Hot Hot Hot
  20. Hungry
  21. Impulse Power
  22. Into the Red
  23. Interconnected Email
  24. Laptop
  25. Laymen’s Terms
  26. Locked
  27. Mapped II
  28. Matrix
  29. Money I
  30. Must
  31. Name Dropper
  32. Offline
  33. Option
  34. Order at Your Doorstep
  35. Order Incomplete
  36. Pass Due
  37. Pass Worded
  38. Phone
  39. Poor
  40. Problematic
  41. Record
  42. Rectify
  43. Register
  44. Reload
  45. Replication
  46. Ruminate
  47. Shit
  48. Skin Flint
  49. Stalked
  50. Stare
  51. Store Front
  52. Terrible Being in Prime
  53. Text Document
  54. The Little Library that Could
  55. The Man in the Yellow Shirt
  56. Time Clock
  57. Time Line
  58. Time
  59. Totally Insane
  60. Tray of Logic
  61. What
  62. Why Follow

Zine 23 Driven.

I have wanted to write this zine for a long time since my oldest daughters were in high school. Now my youngest is in high school and finally it is here. I used to write bits of ideas on small bits of paper and keep them in a purse. I carried that purse around with me and one day went through all of those ideas and tried to sort them but they were not poems and I had no idea I would end up writing poems. So here they are. Although not directly related to those ideas they represent my idea of driving.

  1. Driven
  2. Anti Automatic
  3. Back Off
  4. Back Up
  5. Boxed In
  6. Bike Rack
  7. Bike Random
  8. Captcha
  9. Car Function
  10. Car Up
  11. Car
  12. Circling the Block
  13. Connection
  14. Crash Test
  15. Crooked Path
  16. Dented Fender
  17. Destabilized
  18. Drive By
  19. Drive Hours
  20. Drive-N
  21. Drive Space
  22. Driver X
  23. Earbuds and Talking
  24. Engine
  25. Epic II
  26. Flat Tire
  27. Food Vendor
  28. Get Away
  29. Going Nuts
  30. Gravitate
  31. Hike It Up
  32. Hitch Hiker
  33. Junction
  34. Law Breaker
  35. Matching Cars
  36. Missing Tire
  37. New Batch of Cars
  38. Perfect Trip
  39. Pit Stop
  40. Puncture
  41. Race Car
  42. Recycling
  43. Road School
  44. Rock Party
  45. Shifted
  46. Street Cred
  47. Sunk
  48. Symbolica
  49. Traveling
  50. Tail Gater
  51. Tail Gater II
  52. The Need for Speed
  53. To Blame or Not to Blame
  54. Train of Steel
  55. Trending
  56. Truck Talk
  57. Trunk Stuff
  58. Why Drive In the Middle of the Road
  59. Without Wheels
  60. Without Wheels II
  61. Wonder Bug
  62. Work Horse

Zine 33 Glitter.

Many people in my family are part of LBGTQIA. I am what is called cisgender. I try to be supportive and open to what my children want to do with their life while also trying to understand new to me concepts. Since this is happening to parents around the globe (and they are not always supportive) it is a necessary subject.

  1. Glitter
  2. Able
  3. Anatomically Correct
  4. Andro Genus
  5. Artworks
  6. Boyfriend of Friend
  7. Clandestine
  8. Confession
  9. Cut and Paste
  10. Dysphoria
  11. Eye Sight
  12. Eye Stallation
  13. Eye Wrong
  14. Frames
  15. Gender Critical
  16. Gender is Right
  17. Gender
  18. Going Shopping
  19. Granted
  20. Group Hug
  21. Help II
  22. Intersource
  23. Kissing Table
  24. Life Support
  25. LGBTQIA
  26. LGBTQIA II
  27. Like and Like
  28. Make Over
  29. Map
  30. Mini Zine
  31. Neonatal Positioning
  32. No Nonsense
  33. Not Boy
  34. Nothing Wrong
  35. Okay
  36. Olivia Gives a Speech
  37. Our Life
  38. Our Sex
  39. Perplexion
  40. Radical
  41. Rainbow Sheep
  42. Reflexion
  43. Stuck
  44. Street Sweeps
  45. Tabling a Zine Fest
  46. TERF
  47. The Art of the Eye
  48. Trans Man
  49. Trans Woe
  50. Trans Woman
  51. Trans
  52. Transparent
  53. Vintage Rack
  54. Vindicated
  55. Wheelchair Friendly
  56. Why Must I
  57. World
  58. Zine Library II
  59. Zinester

Zine 21 Have Paper.

This zine is about writing. It is something I like to do. To write and to discuss the writing process. I went to a high school that prided itself on writing. I transferred from a private school to a public school and they made me take a remedial writing class even though my grades had been excellent. I had a doctor for a teacher in that class. He liked to put people down. I took a writing class in college and we got to see what everyone wrote anonymously. I did fine but never took another class because none of my teachers encouraged me and no one ever wanted poems. I hope you do!

  1. Have Paper
  2. Acceptance
  3. Auto Pilot
  4. Awake
  5. Awkward
  6. Baby Poem
  7. Believe
  8. Beloved Authors
  9. Breaker of Rules
  10. Burden
  11. Chasing Poems
  12. Clap
  13. Consider
  14. Copy
  15. Cranium
  16. Creating Drama
  17. Crop
  18. Damn Word
  19. Disrupt
  20. Don’t
  21. Doctor Document
  22. Document
  23. Dream Team
  24. Editing
  25. Enough
  26. Evolution
  27. Exception
  28. Fictional Analysis
  29. Hiccup
  30. Irregular
  31. It is Not
  32. Library Central
  33. Lifeopolis II
  34. Limited Offer
  35. Miserable
  36. Office
  37. One Two Three
  38. Out of Paper
  39. Perplexed
  40. Present
  41. Printed
  42. Printer
  43. Printer Malfunction
  44. Respect
  45. Revised
  46. Save I
  47. Sharpened Pencils
  48. Style Book
  49. Thinking
  50. Type
  51. Valued or Not Valued
  52. Voiced
  53. Warm memories
  54. When I was Poor
  55. Work It II
  56. Worked
  57. Worsted or Bested
  58. Writer’s Chair
  59. Written II
  60. Zine Issues
  61. Zines are My Friends
  62. Zines are Things

Zine 24 House Payments.

Many people in the past have been able to buy a house. Now all of a sudden it is much harder. Rent payments have gone through the roof and now housing prices are going up accordingly. Wall Street is also buying up single family homes so they can profit from this current dilemma. I live in a house we used to rent. I looked for a house to buy before that that was better than the house we were living in. We were lucky this house fell in our lap!

  1. House Payments
  2. A Hunch
  3. Big Box Smaller
  4. Bed of Choice
  5. Cancellation
  6. Children I
  7. Coffee Cat
  8. Coffee Digits
  9. Coffee Drops
  10. Coffee Pill
  11. Coffee Pot
  12. Coffee Ring
  13. Coffee Table
  14. Controlled Chaos
  15. Crash Landing
  16. Crud
  17. Dental Issues
  18. Dentist
  19. Depreciated
  20. Designer Dogs II
  21. Dinosaur Dogs
  22. Empty Your Pockets
  23. Four Star
  24. Hack Attack
  25. Hand Me Down
  26. House
  27. How Not to Make Coffee
  28. Impulse
  29. Jest
  30. Junket
  31. Labor
  32. Lethargy
  33. Life Soup
  34. Life Soup II
  35. Locked Vault
  36. Mail
  37. Meal
  38. Money II
  39. No You Should Stay and Never Move
  40. On Hold
  41. Ordering
  42. Outhouse
  43. Parenting 101
  44. Potato Chips
  45. Prefame
  46. Reverse Curse
  47. Rug
  48. Scratch
  49. Scrutiny II
  50. Searching for More
  51. Stampede
  52. Stuff II
  53. Sugar Fiend
  54. Sugared Up
  55. Tag Sale
  56. Teens
  57. The Best Stuff
  58. Total Grit
  59. Tray Tables
  60. Tween
  61. Vase
  62. Weird Neighbors
  63. When Can a Neighbor Ruin Your Life
  64. Whine on Time
  65. Why Drive when You can Pilot
  66. Will the House Break Before it is Paid Up
  67. Woman Could
  68. Work Work Work
  69. Wrist Wearing Watch
  70. Yawn
  71. Yes You Want to Sell

Zine 31 Meat.

This zine is a little off beat. It has poems about cats and dogs and regular meat. I used to spend my time on Instagram before Facebook bought it and I saw things on there that you cannot un-see. a dog getting cooked. I am sorry it was terrible. It really was a learning experience. And also an opportunity to remember my love of dogs. I had a dog growing up, a wiener dog, who used to sleep with me and my parents gave her away. They had no collar for her nor a leash. She got out several times and almost got ran over. I was sad but buried my sadness in cats. Instagram has so many cat and dog photos. Totally recommend it. Just be careful.

  1. Meat
  2. Bad Dog
  3. Bark Bark
  4. Bodily II
  5. Butchered
  6. Canaan Dogs
  7. Canine
  8. Cat Crazy
  9. Cat Group
  10. Cat Nap
  11. Cat Romance
  12. Cat Stalking
  13. Child Game
  14. Coat Dote
  15. Corrupt
  16. Dog Bait
  17. Dog Gone
  18. Dog Meat
  19. Dismantle
  20. Drive There
  21. Electrify
  22. Fur Cure
  23. Grits
  24. Holy Cow
  25. Hot Dog
  26. House II
  27. How Will I Survive II
  28. Hunter
  29. I Remember Her
  30. Inhumane
  31. Insane
  32. Instigation
  33. Lost Dog
  34. Luna
  35. Mean Dog
  36. Mean People
  37. Mill
  38. Nice
  39. Odin
  40. Pendulum
  41. Puppy Puppy
  42. Rabbit
  43. Satiate
  44. Shower Bath
  45. Sink Your Teeth
  46. Smell Dog
  47. Stolen
  48. Sweetness
  49. Tadpoles
  50. Take Over
  51. Tender
  52. Tick Talk
  53. Top Dog
  54. Volume
  55. Wallet II
  56. We Need Them
  57. Wisdom in Buckets
  58. Zip Full

Zine 27 No Name.

This zine will not register with anyone unless I tell you it is about Covid-19 when it was just starting to spread and they did not have a name for it yet. I totally watched everything I could about this virus starting with its origins in China. Work did not think it was a problem but of course it became a big change in protocol when we came back from quarantine. For some reason a big segment of the population has been anti-vaxxer since vaccines have arrived to combat sudden death. I have had my two shots and did develop an awful rash on my hands and mid arm area. It went away after a month. No sweat!

  1. No Name
  2. Alycia
  3. Angry Pop
  4. Bat Tough
  5. Broken Bad
  6. Business as Usual
  7. Chronic
  8. Closed for Business
  9. Conflict
  10. Dead
  11. Death by Numbers
  12. Do Gooder
  13. Dread
  14. Famished
  15. Farts
  16. Food Supply II
  17. Food Supply III
  18. Fork in the Road
  19. Heart Attack
  20. Heart Attack II
  21. Heart Attack III
  22. Herd Immunity
  23. In Person
  24. Infected
  25. Infected II
  26. Intricate
  27. Leg Shake
  28. Life Support
  29. Makeshift Morgue
  30. Mask
  31. Neutral General
  32. New York City
  33. Newspaper
  34. Next Cough
  35. Nose Blind
  36. Now
  37. Open for Business
  38. Opening
  39. Plague Thoughts
  40. Price Gouge
  41. Proven
  42. Quantum
  43. Ransack
  44. Resuscitate
  45. Ruin
  46. Skin
  47. Sickness
  48. Star Mass
  49. Super City
  50. Surreal
  51. Symptoms
  52. Tech Breath
  53. Teeth
  54. Things to Do
  55. Vaccine
  56. Vaccine II
  57. Vertigo
  58. Virus I
  59. Virus III
  60. Waiting
  61. Wasted

Zine 22 Send Heart.

This zine is an attempt at romantic. I realize most poems romanticize nature or complain really about how sad they are. I want to say that I am not sad. I am more angry. This is as romantic as I get. It just means every so often heart-like poems appear out of nowhere. I do like when they show up and obviously need more of them in my life. The poem Send Heart is an exercise in repetition.

  1. Send Heart
  2. Automatic Love
  3. Beautiful People
  4. Begin to Send
  5. Belly II
  6. Bigger
  7. Big Thighs
  8. Birthday Cake
  9. Birthday Suit
  10. Bodily II
  11. Body in Bulk
  12. Break Away
  13. Cheeks
  14. Chili Love
  15. Chiliopolis
  16. Clothing
  17. Come Clean
  18. Come Clean II
  19. Cruise Ship
  20. Dance Class
  21. Death of a Relationship
  22. Dream Date
  23. Epic
  24. Feelings
  25. Flowers
  26. Flab
  27. Friend
  28. Good
  29. Great
  30. Happy Gene
  31. Hope
  32. Hopeful
  33. Hot Crotch
  34. Hot II
  35. Imperative
  36. Impossible
  37. Kick Ass
  38. Knowledge
  39. Kool
  40. Lock and Key
  41. Love
  42. Man Candy
  43. Modesty
  44. Music
  45. Naked
  46. Nasty Girl
  47. Nose
  48. Opera
  49. People
  50. Romance
  51. Roses II
  52. Saturated
  53. Screw You
  54. Sculpture
  55. Sofa Couch
  56. Sit Tight
  57. Stab at Sexy
  58. Stand Still
  59. That is Another Thing
  60. The Season
  61. Thinking Heart
  62. Totally Fine
  63. Want
  64. We Care

Zine 32 Twenty-Two.

This zine has mainly Science Fiction poetry. It is speculating on the next century which is always fun to write about since no one really knows what is going to happen. It is open to criticism as well. I am sure I should have made this zine longer because some poems ended up in other zines but once you decide on how many sheets of paper this is going to be it is impossible to change later on if the poems have a set order.

  1. Twenty-Two
  2. Action II
  3. All Business
  4. Anyways
  5. Baby Car
  6. Balloon
  7. Byte
  8. Chagrined
  9. Cleves
  10. Consortium
  11. Cost Overrun
  12. Crisis
  13. Data Stream
  14. Default Alpha
  15. Devotion of motion
  16. Dissected Logic
  17. Dream Train
  18. Dropped Call
  19. External Debt
  20. Felt
  21. Forced Entry
  22. Forced Kinship
  23. Gender Reckoning
  24. Go Away I
  25. Granulated Time
  26. Incident
  27. Incremental Damage
  28. Internal Paradox
  29. Interstellar
  30. Invisible
  31. Life Wreck
  32. Light Day
  33. Light Year
  34. Lunar Landing
  35. Memory Palace
  36. Mind Theft
  37. One Rollerblade
  38. Picture Fork
  39. Pod Pleasing
  40. Pods
  41. Politics are Not Allowed
  42. Proto Retro
  43. Protocol
  44. Red Whit Blue
  45. Recalled Travel
  46. Reflexion
  47. Revolution
  48. Rocket Pocket
  49. Satellite
  50. Scrutiny
  51. Shower
  52. Sleep Sandwich
  53. Standard logic
  54. Stigma
  55. Telephone
  56. Tested Apathy
  57. The Crime of Time
  58. Ultra Magnet
  59. Virus II
  60. Voluntary
  61. Weightless
  62. Wet World
  63. Wholesale I

Zine 29 Witched Brew.

Okay I am not really into witches as in Halloween. Nor am I a witch but it is not my place to say anything about people who are nature lovers. But this is a collection of poems that are about creepy stuff. The picture for the zine shows a fractal that looks like some type of chemical brew. There is also a picture inside of someone soaking in a bubble bath to carry on that theme of unnatural. But perhaps fractals are of nature? Good question.

  1. Witched Brew
  2. Baby Brewed
  3. Barnacles
  4. Bug
  5. Bury
  6. Candle Wax
  7. Chili Red
  8. Choices
  9. Clock
  10. Coin
  11. Creature
  12. Cruel
  13. Damn
  14. Decrepit
  15. Devil Dogs
  16. Disgruntled
  17. Dislike
  18. Do Not Disturb
  19. Doubly
  20. Dream Stealer
  21. Eat
  22. Entourage
  23. Full of It
  24. Go Away I
  25. Gray
  26. Harassment
  27. Hat I
  28. Hat II
  29. Hat III
  30. Hell
  31. Hoax
  32. Infighting
  33. Jewelry will Kill You
  34. Jinx
  35. Joker
  36. Killer Smile
  37. Kitchen God
  38. Leaves
  39. Monstrosity
  40. More Ghost Action
  41. More Ghost in the Closet
  42. Naughty Cat
  43. Nightmare
  44. Ocular Eye
  45. Opening by Mistake
  46. Parents
  47. Pour
  48. Pour II
  49. Predigested
  50. Red Eyes
  51. Requiem
  52. Scary Poem
  53. Scary Poem II
  54. Shroud
  55. Spun Web
  56. Tea Pot Hot
  57. Unexpected
  58. Villain
  59. Weird
  60. Wicked

Woman Always Always Pay

Working on a new large-sized zine the size of a standard sheet of paper. This photograph shows how it looks before it is scanned or copied on a printer. The final product will be in black and white like my other zines. I will now have four zines this large: this one, Calvin is a Girl, Oh Beast, and Self Be. They are all very female subject-wise. The three non-collage ones use photographs throughout.

Woman Always Always Pay, my new zine, is both collage and also handwritten notes. I first did abstract collage and came back at a later time and added collage words on several occasions. The subject matter was inserted after the collage was complete and a title page chosen out of all of the existing pages. Thus, I did not know what the title of the zine would be until it surfaced from what was complete.

I like to work in this abstract manner after having taken art classes in the eighties back in college. When working with poetry I pick the most unusual poem to be the title and then look for supporting poems from what I have written.

In the case of this zine, I wrote the words in the final third stage, trying to match my thoughts to what was already on the page. I talk about how collage helps bring to light subject matter that matters to you.

Because of the short amount of space in which to write I could not expand on each subject. I was able to talk about the workforce, the work state, women who do not like other women, the new crop of dads not afraid to be seen in public with their babies, women at the top, creepy men, “pizza” money, plastic islands of concern by Beth Terry, what women are hired for by Reshma Saujani, volunteer work as being important, hating perfection, the silver lining of being a man when waiting in line (they get better treatment), fear of drinking water, frotteurism and toucherism, stopping time, woman pay scale, people are not smarter necessarily, what collage does as I said, and women need to help each other as mentors.Woman.JPG

gender and Staples

clean-cleaning-funny-2371Ugh. Subject matter matters. Gender issues are in the news. It is the twenty-first century and people are learning about equality. I am along for the ride. Gender has been an issue for me my whole life and that is the primary reason I consider myself a feminist.

Gender bias occurs when men get service in a timely respectful yes sir manner and women do not. Women wait. Women leave. Women do not get equal service. This very recently happened to me at Staples. I was left waiting for thirty minutes while their copier was updating. A customer tried to help when he really should not have. He looked behind the machine and switched it off and on. The machine stopped updating but went through some mild acrobatics and then went to sleep.

The woman behind the counter told me the computer was out of service so I waited for the next available computer which was the one my daughter was using. Meantime a woman customer came and waited awhile, got overwhelmed by the situation and left.

Then along comes a man who was determined to wait no matter what. He did things on his phone while standing there. He waited what seemed like five minutes when along comes the manager asking if we needed help while carefully taking hold of the man’s documents.

To be fair he asked me what I was doing. I told him I was waiting for thirty minutes to print zines. He looked inside my bag and directed the man to where they print out copies for you after I explained I was next. I was honestly afraid he was going to print that man’s copies for him on the machine I was waiting for. The manager seems insulted and taken back. Yes it is first come first served.

This reminded me of being back in the trenches doing laundry at the laundromat. It has been years but I still have mental battle scars of trying to get to the few dryers after the wash was done. The laundromat had more washers to dryers and it posed a live or die death wish with each visit. Hurry or wait forever. Now the laundromat is a restaurant and the new laundromat is a minuscule blip you could easily miss if you did not know it was back there behind another building. I have yet to be there but I am lazily considering doing a zine of funny laundromat names. I am confident there is a website already so maybe I would be wasting my time.

I told the manager I felt he had come to help the man and not me (since he had left me waiting for half an hour). The manager denied this but got very nervous and started rearranging my things on the counter for me so bingo I was right. He made me shake his hand and said if I ever needed ANYTHING just ask. I think he was worried about his manager job. I would have lost my place if I had gotten him to come help and Hell I did not even know he or his office existed! He even said he had seen me before which was creepy.

He did reach inside the front door to the copier and switch it on. It worked immediately. I missed a relaxing lunch and I was late to work because of road construction but I did get copies done thanks to BOTH those men. I sound bitter.

I will be back. Staples could solve their wait time issue (it happens at this particular unnamed location ALL the time) by having three stand alone copiers instead of just two like the other StapleĀ I also will be watching how they treat me and others. As customers we should get EQUAL SERVICE.

Searching 2018 Nebraska Alumni Show

black-and-white-books-design-34627.jpgThere is no photo to post for this entry. I thought I could find one online but apparently the art show I mailed 20 zines in a series to DOES NOT EXIST. This photo is of someone else’s show off of Pexels. I am an alumni of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. They asked me to be in a show. I asked if I could submit zines and they said yes but they could not find me listed as an alumni because I was using my maiden name (same as I did when enrolled there). I mailed my entries off hoping they would be exhibited “cotton gloves not necessary.” Unfortunately the gallery is not advertising the alumni show on their Eisentrager-Howard Gallery website so I do not know what is really going on. I will update this if I get those zines back. Zines are considered “low art” according to my sources. It seems the gallery is very careful not to call any of the work in their past alumni show ART.

Bonnie Avenue

This is my first perzine (personal zine) and it is about growing up in the sixties in the Midwest. I was introduced to the Vietnam War in Kindergarten where we would spend small amounts of money to buy war stamps. I wish I had those now or the dog tags I got in sixth grade of one soldier who was either MIA (missing in action) or POW (prisoner of war). The zine was an attempt to sell at a perzine fest in Boston that my daughter tabled in. Someone from MIT came by and bought zines (two of each). Apparently they are starting a zine library. This is the age of zines and zine libraries! They had their hands full of zines and may perhaps need some of mine!

I got in trouble with MIT or actually I should say I got MIT in trouble because when my daughter was going to Stanford they sent out an email to me that included my email address as well as my husband’s email address. I assumed correctly he had received an email with my private email address on it. I was livid. I complained to Stanford. I wanted to keep my email address private.

Stanford had no idea the email addresses were being compromised. They had contracted with MIT for the email program which matched up both spouses’ email addresses on the same email. It was wrong but they did not see it that way. Supposedly men wrote the program. They thought married couples should already have some sort of transparency with each other and that included their email addresses.

Once the woman contact from Stanford realized what was happening she too was livid! Woman need privacy. Sometimes especially from their husbands.Bonnie Avenue picture.jpg

Litchfield County Zine Fest

Litchfield County Zine Fest

The zine fest went well. I was in charge of the food and my regular job helped me because I work around food. Olivia and I choose vegan food. Everything was fine except I thought the site’s freezer was a fridge! It looked exactly like one but had lettering at the top saying FREEZER that in my rush to get things inside I did not notice! I did not like the shelves in the real fridge. Also, I forgot to bring sugar for the coffee. So sorry about that!

The event was hot. We thought the air conditioner was working, but it was only three or four ceiling fans. The real air conditioner button was under lock and key in the furnace room downstairs! We would have called the maintenance person earlier if we knew it was not on since the fans were working and looked deceptively on. The next day was cloudy and cold so we were not sure why it was around 89 degrees inside! Magically no one passed out! We are newbies to organizing zine fests and we could have used a few more volunteers to get things rolling. As it was two zinesters from N.J. helped set up extremely heavy tables and we have to thank them for their enthusiasm and muscle. Boy were they pumped!

I made friends with a pirate who lives on a house boat in Vancouver, B.C. My aunt and uncle lived there and I have visited. Vancouver is the home for many cop shows so crime there is perhaps blown out of proportion. I passed out some of my zines towards the end of the fest since I did not have my own table. It is fun trying to match up what people could like. It also taught me I need to finish some of my other zines since I needed them.

Just joined Twitter. This update is also to say hello to people!

Tattoo Artist Are

tattooThis teeny tiny minizine started out as an exercise for a intro class of my daughter’s otherwise known as a zine workshop. I came in late from work and they were just getting started on the second part of the workshop which involves making zines.

Ah, fresh blood! The two women there LOVED the concept of zine-making (there is not a librarian on Earth who does not like book-making) and they finished early while I struggled to complete something before the library closed. But I could not finish it and took some magazines (fresh words) home with.

Now you have to understand that the original is in color and that much of the detail is lost (in this case the few tattoos I could find). Tattoos are so common-place today everyone has seen one or a compilation of them on one person). The detail filled in when photocopied with rich black ink and automatically high contrast.

Darn! Oh well, a zine is a zine. It is crude and the other crude without being crud. I love it. Perhaps you will too. The only tattoos I have are small ones the size of small dots marking the location of my breast radiation treatments. Who knew?

Oh Beast

I have gained weight going from a size twelve to a size sixteen. Now I am my mother! That said I do not plan to be this size forever (possibly) so while I am here why not do a zine? Cum Star Wars I am now the evil Emperor Palpatine (on my bad days or deep down, you choose). Contains one picture homage to Cindy Sherman. No cat pics. Here is a photo of the stamping ritual.

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