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Perry Barber
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"She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted."

Meet Yours Truly, 37 years an umpire and #PerSister.

Left to right: Randy Marsh, Yours Truly, my twin sister Warren, and Harry Wendelstedt at the Wendelstedt Umpire School in January of 1982.
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So Richard Spencer says the alt-right has been "mainstreamed" by the election of Donald Trump. Spencer is the current face of neo-naziism, aka white nationalism. I just call it the "Whi-Na" movement.

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Fun (or not so fun, depending on your viewpoint) fact:
The capital of Slovenia is Ljubljana.
Pronounced "lee-oob-lee-ah-na."
Accent on the "oob" and "ah."

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Maia Weinstock has created this wonderful Women of NASA LEGO set and is looking for "likes" to convince LEGO to release the set for real. Every vote brings her idea one step closer to fruition, and "liking" it is quick and easy. Inspire a girl today - "like" this set!

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Exciting things are happening in the world of Girls and Women's Baseball! The first annual Ruth Hartman Memorial Girls Baseball Festival, sponsored by the International Women's Baseball Center, took place mid-June at the beautiful Big Vision Sports Complex in Leesport, Pennsylvania. Justine Siegal, the first woman to coach a major league team during the Arizona Fall League, became the first woman to manage a professional baseball team, the San Rafael Pacifics of the independent Pacific Association - and she led the team to victory two nights in a row! Two women, Stacy Piagno and Kelsie Whitmore, signed contracts to play with the Sonoma Stompers of the Pacific League and made their debuts this past weekend to great acclaim. In just a few weeks, 250 girls ranging in age from 6 years old to 16 will be playing at Baseball For All's Nationals tournament in San Francisco under the watchful eye of Justine Siegal, with Maybelle Blair and Shirley Burkovich of the All American Girls providing veteran support and bench coaching duties. Overseas, the Aussie Hearts acquired meaningful corporate sponsorship for their program that will enable them to reach out to more and more girls who love baseball and want to play, coach, and umpire. Back here in the USA, In just a couple of months, "Pitch," the story of the first woman major leaguer, will debut on network television, and by all indications from its trailer and attendant buzz, the show looks to be quite promising. The universe of girls and women's baseball is rapidly expanding, and the possibilities are thrilling!
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Newly elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gets it. With just three words, he explains why it's important to him and the country he represents to have an equal number of women and men in his cabinet. Très formidable!

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I was raised Presbyterian, but consider myself lapsed and Pagan now. But I'm proud and thankful that the leader of the Presbyterian Church here in the USA has addressed Donald Trump, who claims to be a bible-reading adherent, on the topic of immigration with clarity, historical accuracy, and civility, all of which are severely lacking in The Donald's pronouncements on just about any subject.  http://bit.ly/1VEqNkQ

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Women will rule the diamond this Saturday, September 5th at the Second Annual Women's Baseball Symposium, hosted by the Louisville Slugger Museum. Keynote speaker Tori Murden McClure, AAGPBL players Maybelle Blair and Shirley Burkovich, IWBC president Kat Williams, National Women's Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Carol Sheldon, Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) Negro League committee chair Leslie Heaphy, University of Louisville professor of sports administration Dr. Mary Hums, and Yours Truly will all be on hand participating in thought-provoking panels and discussions about the past, present, and future of women's baseball. You won't want to miss this breakthrough event or the fun of the Louisville Slugger Museum itself - so come on out and join us! A schedule of events can be accessed on the museum's website or by clicking here: http://sluggermuseum.com/whats-happening/womens-baseball-symposium/
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All it takes is one person with the vision to see and a conscience... Dr.Kelsey was a medical officer at the FDA during the 1960s, and she refused to bow to pressure to approve thalidomide for sale in the US after learning of severe birth defects in European women who had taken the drug to prevent morning sickness. Thanks to her steadfast courage, who knows how many babies were spared the damaging effects of the drug? If it had been only one, it would be enough, but it's many more than that. Dr. Kelsey was a true American hero, and I salute her.
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