Soap Box Amy

Soap Box Amy
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
An opinionated recovering Fundamentalist Protestant, college instructor of psychology for 30 years, M.A. from G. Peabody College, now of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, co-owned and managed a retail food business, worked in social services and professional fund raising, and have two adult daughters.


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DECEMBER 26, 2012 1:57PM


     The following are brilliant statements, expecially in light of the heinous crimes committed by the Roman Catholic Church, the failure of all (male-controlled) organized religion, mainly because no one ever practiced their religious beliefs. For example, Christianity… Read full post »

JUNE 7, 2012 10:26AM

More Haiku

       Haiku is a non-rhyming form of Japanese poetry consistingof three lines and seventeen syllables. The first line is comprised of five syllables, the second of seven, and the third of five. Nature is the typical theme of haiku as in the following.

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JANUARY 24, 2011 12:26PM

Winter Haiku

Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry comprised of three lines. The first line contains five syllables, the second seven syllables, the third five syllables. Haiku are composed most frequently about nature.



Sky, apricot glow

Gently scratched by tree fingers

Wearing black lace gloves.


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JUNE 8, 2010 12:47PM

Pick Up That Crying Baby!!

 NOTE: The state of parenting in this country is a sad one from what I observe. I see parents ignore, hurt, and commit other offenses against their babies and children every day! Furthermore, the views of parenting presented on TV are usually ludicrous, with probably the most absurd one being thRead full post »

MARCH 27, 2010 6:57PM

Spring Haiku

Again, a definition of haiku is included in the post before last one.



Gold crocus peeking

Through litter, brown matted grass,

Death of tired winter!



Gray rainy spring days,

As lovely as sunlit ones,

Grow perfumed color.



Pure  snow white crocus,

Thaws, thrills… Read full post »

MARCH 4, 2010 1:50PM

More Winter (and Spring-ish) Haiku

For a definition of haiku, see my previous post.


Silver blue snowflakes

Now dirty, gray trash-pocked mounds,

Sidewalk puddles soon.



Knife-like brutal cold

Fuels winter fears, tears, and sighs.

Hug me, sweet spring breeze!



Burning blue-gold sky

Melting piles of sooty snow.… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 20, 2010 4:44PM

Winter Haiku

Haiku is a form of non-rhyming Japanese poetry comprised of 17 syllables in three lines, five, seven, five. A haiku may "....simply point to a thing or pairing of things in nature that have moved the poet..." according to the American Heritage Dictionary.

My haiku on the subject of winter:

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FEBRUARY 8, 2010 2:22PM

Memories of The Who, 1970

I saw The Who in 1970 at Leeds, Yorkshire as an exchange student spending a semester in England. Yeah, that's right, including Keith Moon and John Entwhistle. I didn't know who they were not being the most astute follower of rock-and-roll at the time. I didn't even know about Woodstock until it… Read full post »

DECEMBER 28, 2009 3:03PM


When I was teaching Social Psychology to college students, one of its many sub-topics was the fascinating study of prejudice and discrimination. Prejudices and discriminatory behaviors are almost always learned from parents and other significant adults in a child's life. Very… Read full post »

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JUNE 22, 2009 3:18PM

My Daughters Suffer From PFS or "Perfect Father Syndrome"

In light of Father's Day, I write this in honor of the father of my daughters, keeping in mind that a father is the first man in a woman's life. Let me add that my daughters' newest project is their web site, devoted to all things green in the Philadelphia-south Jersey-Delaware Valley … Read full post »

MAY 4, 2009 3:40PM

Sick To Death of Actors!

If an alien landed in the USA, it would very soon assume that actors were the most important people in the nation! Surely, the alien would think, they must do miraculous things such as  purify contaminated air and water with a wave of the hand, or eliminate disease and poverty whe… Read full post »

I wrote a biographical novel a few years ago. After dealing with potential agents, publishers, etc., I am discouraged and thinking about publishing it, at least excerpts, in my blog, either on OS or elsewhere online.

 Any advice or suggestions? What happens to my rights as an author? Any h… Read full post »

MARCH 17, 2009 3:46PM

More Adventures In Day Care

Children, especially younger ones, are always "just children". That's what I like about them. No matter the state of the world or politics or what adults are doing to themselves and the planet with their "so cool" technology such as cell phones, microwaves, and fossil fuel-burning cars, (all of which… Read full post »

I started a new job as Director of a day care center here in Philadelphia last week. The salary is depressingly, insultingly low, but I'm just glad to have a job in this economy! With a background in education and psychology, I have the opportunity to put into practice all I know… Read full post »