The Newsletter by WOMEN about WOMEN and for WOMEN

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The new look of The Virago!

If you’ve seen our site recently, we have a new look! After a ton of online time and guidance from Lynda Wallis, we have updated the look and the content. Thank you, Lynda for spending hours with me hashing through ideas! We are on the next step towards the vision of the future for The Virago.

For Writers!

To the writers of The Virago; you are part of a community with great women writers. Many writers are just starting out here, others have been blogging for years. The Virago gives space for you to express yourself.

the Virago has separated the blogs…


I’ve been blogging for almost 3 years on Medium. My only other experience is my lifetime of private journaling. I’m still journaling and you can find my writing in my personal publication Up Close and Personal. My current project is 365 Days of Writing, journaling daily about life.

I also write about about women’s issues in our society, which include stories about my personal life and how we as women live our lives in this world. I’m also editor of The Virago, a women’s publication I developed this year.

Here are my all-time most-read stories:

Conversations With a Gaslighter

Woundology: Stop Using Your Past to Define…


“Isn’t that the hookup app?”

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Photo by Austin Distel on Unsplash

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked if I met my husband at work. It’s a reasonable question. Both of us have been nurses for 30+ years and work in the same hospital.

But no, we never met at work. We never even met through mutual friends or even in a bar. However, our lives paralleled for decades before we met, so it was possible that we could have met in these organic ways.

He has worked for the same company for most of his career. I worked for that company for the first ten years of…


I think I figured out the secret sauce

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Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

I’ve been writing on Medium for over three years. Most of it is charity work, really, because I’ve spent thousands of hours writing and not getting paid more than a few pennies per hour. The most I’ve made in one year of writing on Medium was last year, for $1300.00 total.

Not exactly where I wanted to be at this point in my writing. My plan when I quit my full-time job in August of 2019 was to become a full-time writer. …


I was the same as you. When I first turned it on, the opening scene where she destroys a son of one of her victims during a court case, I had to turn it off. I was furious and unsettled watching that first scene because I know this can happen. It happens in the prison systems where a dying prisoner can't contact their family; they aren't allowed. It's inhumane. Anyway, I went to work and talked about the movie with my coworkers who are nurses and social workers, and they'd also watched the movie. They encouraged me to see it through, which I did. I mean it was an entertaining movie with a great cast. And she gets hers in the end. But, yeah. This stuff happens all the time, usually with family members. It's disgusting.


Elderly financial abuse is a real thing

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Photo by Georg Arthur Pflueger on Unsplash

Warning! Spoiler Alerts Below!

I work as a nurse discharge planner in a local hospital, alongside social workers and physicians. I can tell you, the movie “I Care A Lot” is a real kind of scary about which very few people know.

The show is about a grifter of the legal kind…sort of. She uses government money and resources to take over care of the elderly when they’ve become too incapacitated to care for themselves. However, she cherry-picks people who have a large estate. …


The Newsletter by WOMEN about WOMEN and for WOMEN

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Hello Virago Readers and Writers,

March is National Women’s History month for the U.S., commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.

International Women’s Day is on March 8th, 2021. It is one day during the year to celebrate women and help raise awareness. More about this shortly…


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I have the entire day off today and although I’ve carved out time to write my newsletter, I’ve instead been editing and reediting a blog I sent to PS I Love You.

That I’m even being considered for one of my blogs being published is a big deal to me. Over the past year I’ve had all of my blogs rejected. It’s always “not a good fit”.

Then I submitted a Valentine’s Day Blog and after one edit, they accepted my article. I was elated!

I decided to submit another article yesterday (or was it the day prior?), and although…


And I just can’t even anymore

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Photo by Mantas Hesthaven on Unsplash

I found out yesterday that one of my favorite writers left Medium. I mean she completely wiped herself off the Medium platform.

I was shocked. Floored. Devastated.

She’s been on Medium for years. I found her when I first started writing here, she was one of my Medium role models. I asked her technical questions when I couldn’t figure something out. She was always so responsive and kind. I knew she had a lot going on and was probably very busy, but she always made time for me.

She was also a very popular, well-known writer here. Medium wasn’t her…


How I almost lost my backyard chickens

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Photo by Hannah Oliver on Unsplash

The temperature was plummeting to freezing levels. Being a novice chicken owner, I didn’t know what I should do to keep my birds warm. I couldn’t take them inside; they’re messy and poo wherever they want, and that’s a big no-no for my husband.

Their small coop was the only place for them to stay out of the storm, so I talked with my spouse, Mike, discussing ideas for keeping their cage at a reasonable temperature, so they were comfortable.

“We can use the heat lamp from when they were baby chicks!” he said. …

Michelle Jaqua

Advocate for Women / Editor of The Virago

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