Thursday, February 01, 2007

Unreasonable women may yet save the world.
~ Molly Ivins

Molly Ivins was a woman I admired. A liberal columnist who wielded the written word as mightily as a warrior brandishes his sword, Ivins was the epitome of the unreasonable woman. And when a teacher here in Windsor called me the same after I stirred up a ruckus with my column, I knew he meant it as the highest compliment. I was honored.

Molly died yesterday after a long battle with cancer. Seldom does the death of someone I've never met leave me in tears, but hers did. If you're a fan, you already understand why. If you're not, Google her name and read some of her syndicated columns. Then you'll get it.

She was the best thing to come out of Texas (though she was a transplant). And she referred to her fellow Texan, our president, as Shrub. If for no other reason than that, the woman earned a special place in my heart.

May she continue to give 'em hell, wherever she may be.


Judith K. Witherow said...

There is not a single word that I could use to do justice to Molly Ivins.
She was one of a kind, and didn't waste energy worrying about how others perceived her. Not that she was inconsiderate or mean--she wrote her truth, and the devil be damned.
I will grieve her lost honesty in a world that needs more women like her--not less. R.I.P. Molly.

Anonymous said...

Couldn't have said it better myself.