So, I’m a little behind the gang, but I’ve added the “No Princess Fights Alone” button to the sidebar, in honor of the incomparable Susan (WhyMommy) of Toddler Planet. Like many of the the others who posted this, I’ll donate to Crickett’s Answer for each comment on this post, say, by the end of February. Because even as Susan has learned that her cancer has recurred yet again, she’s busy helping others.
It’s not fair that she has to deal with this. But I was reminded today of Harlan Ellison’s introduction to Angry Candy, where he quotes Norman Spinrad as saying at his lover’s funeral “There is no justice inherent in the universe… except what we put there. All the justice that exists, is what we make. So let us show compassion and sense and courage, in Emily’s name.'”
I’m also thinking of Susan today because it’s the 25th anniversary of the Challenger disaster, and I love the passion with which she writes about her work for NASA and blogs about Women in Planetary Science. I wrote my college admissions essay about coming to terms with the fact that I wasn’t actually going to be an astronaut, but I still have the Annie Leibovitz poster of Eileen Collins on my office wall.