There is a funny piece circling the Internet, among all the nonsense we find there. This amusing writing concerns men being sad less often than women. Simply put, the reason men are happier is because they are ìsimple creatures.î Of course this is all in good humor, men, so relax and enjoy these few: You own the garage; planning a wedding involves one simple taskórenting a tux; mechanics donít lie to you; you can use gas station restrooms; your hairstyle (and color) can last for years.
These, however, are not the reasons for women having their own month to be honored. In 1987 Congress passed a resolution ìdesignating the month of March as Womenís History Month.î The resolution states dozens of reasons to recognize women, and the President of the US is supposed to encourage others to celebrate ìwith appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.î
The impetus for ìWomenís History Monthî is that throughout history women of all backgrounds have been contributing to the ìstrength of our Nation in countless recorded and unrecorded ways.î
This year, the month-long theme is ìWomenís Art: Womenís Vision.î There are at least 12 honorees, reaching back to Edna Hibelópainter, filmmaker, serigrapher of the early 20th century.
To help the celebration this month, letís look at what some women have written about art in the broader sense of the wordóthe art of writing, the art of believing, the art of living. Annie Dillard in her book ìLiving Fictionî writes ìthe mind itself is an art object.î She refers to the mind as a ìMondrian canvasî and a ìblue guitar on which we improvise the song of the world.î The former refers to the grids Mondrian painted and how our mind orders ideas until they become ìknowledge.î And doesnít the guitar conjure up images of poet Wallace Stevensí lines about how ìThings as they are/Are changed upon the blue guitarî and also Picassoís painting ìThe Old Guitaristî from his ìBlue Period? Thus, it takes just one quote by one writer for several arts to converge.
When it comes to the art of believing, theologian Carolyn Gifford writes that we need to ask ourselves the question, ìIs what we are doing, is what I am doing, beautiful or not?î
And that beauty might come in the art of conversation. Consider Anne Morrow Lindberghís statement, ìGood communication is as stimulating as black coffee . . . .î Morrowís ideas remind us living a meaning life involves speaking to inspire.
In reference to the opening of this column, another reason men are happier is that they receive great praise for the ìslightest acts of thoughtfulness.î But if any thoughtful man wants to honor a woman during the month of March simply with ìone perfect rose,î he might first want to read what witty Dorothy Parker writes on the subject.
The Writerís Corner, which is published the last week of each month, invites children and adults to submit original works for consideration. Send up to four poems (each 36 lines or less) at a time or up to two excerpts from longer manuscripts (each 300 words or less) at a time. Be sure to include your name, address, phone number, and brief bio. Enclose 2 self-addressed stamped envelopes (for both notification of acceptance and tear sheet). We try to print accepted works promptly unless there is a backlog.
Send submissions to
C/O Summerville Journal Scene
P.O. Box 715
Summerville, SC 29484