My Little Red Book
(edited by Rachel Kauder Nalebuff) is an anthology of stories about first periods, collected from women of all ages from around the world. Ranging from light-hearted (the editor got hers while water skiing in a yellow bathing suit) to heart-stopping (a first period discovered just as one girl was about to be strip-searched by the Nazis).
Of Bards and Black Hens : Ringing in the New Year
New Year's day. My life is in tatters and what remains is grey and full of rain. I'm looking for a miracle. A mighty Goddess to strip away the old and inspire a whole lot of new.
I close my eyes, and a fat black hen comes clucking. She wears wattles and a comb of scarlet.