The Hermione Tarot: Admiral Grace Hopper

Have you heard of Admiral Grace Hopper? I hadn't until a few months back when a friend mentioned her. It's a shame because she seems quite remarkable. She was smart, of course.  She standardized computer languages and she went on to encourage young people to learn computer programing. She became an rear admiral! She worked …

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The Hermione Tarot: Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Do you remember The Yellow Wallpaper? I only half understood it when I read it as a teenager. Charlotte Perkins Gilman believed in equality for women. She argued women could lead independent lives and men should help with the housework. These were radical ideas for her time. She also struggled with depression and her famous short story …

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The Hermione Tarot: Ruby Bridges

I remember many moons ago, in those childhood days, seeing pictures of Ruby Bridges and other children walking through a sea of hate simply to go to school. I wasn't that shocked to see adults acting like monsters. Monsters had already made their presence known in my own life by then. But all the same, …

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The Hermiones: Harriet Tubman

Let's leave JK Rowling's world and come back to reality with a turn through history. I hardly know what Harriet Tubman would make of the Harry Potter stories and of me sitting here at my desk calling her a Hermione. I could have easily called this project The Harriets. Harriet Tubman lived in the real …

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The Hermiones: Hermione! (Of Course.)

If you're going to name a group the Hermiones, you obviously need the first Hermione (apologies to all the good souls out there named Hermione before the Harry Potter onslaught). In my Hermione series, I've decided to include real and fictional individuals. Furthermore, while it would be grand if I could designate a Tarot card …

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The Hermiones: J.K. Rowling

If I could, I’d design my own deck of Tarot cards. I’d make several decks, in fact. I’d do one more in line with the traditional Rider-Waite deck. Another deck would be for writing. And another would be for women I admire. Hermione is a favorite heroine of mine. She's smart and brave and loyal. …

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