One of this year’s winners of the super-presitious, super-secretive, $500K MacArthur grant is Marie-Therese Connolly, a Washington elder-abuse activist. Congratulations, and keep up the good work! Any idea who’s on the mysterious nominating committee? Someone please tell us, or mention our names to them. There’s always next year.
In other news: Lonni Sue Johnson was an accomplished artist, featured on the cover of the New Yorker, when a virus left her with devastating amnesia. It wiped out her artistic ability at first -- but an amazing new creativity emerged, reports John Pancake. . . Several months into his administration, President Obama heard from top female aides that male staffers were freezing them out of key policy discussions. Valerie Jarrett tells the Post that things have improved since then, in a story on the fallout from that new Ron Suskind book.