Why “Mange Merde”?

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Why the name “Mange Merde”, which may be offensive to some – and certainly to those who speak French?

Primarily, it’s an answer to those who didn’t have the faith in a young girl to overcome her circumstances. To those who thought that the context defined the life. To the professor who told me not to get my hopes up when I told him that I was applying to Harvard, Stanford, and Yale law schools.

To those people – in this one corner of my otherwise gentle, professional, and lady-like life – and much like the little plant, poking itself out of and overcoming the mass of snow heaped on top of it (in the picture above) – I say, well.. you know.

(To read the full story, read my “about” page.)

Stanford Law School class of ’92

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2 thoughts on “Why “Mange Merde”?

  1. Oops! Please excuse my comment on this piece (“Thank you! Thank you!”).
    It was meant for your article about the dashboard padlock in a Subaru—which was a great help to me. I mistakenly dropped it in your Why Mange Merde article after I was intrigued by the title I enjoyed reading that one very much, but it was the Subaru answer that saved me many hours of stress.

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