last dance by donna summer. i have to admit that it doesn't seem quite right having two tributes to two different musical artists in the same month, and both losing battles to cancer. i remember when i first heard donna summer's wildly popular song, she works hard for the money in the 1980s. i was young, around 11 years old. at that age, i didn't know anything about feminism or what it meant to be a strong, independent woman, but i remember the song having a gravitational pull on me. maybe because my mom worked full time and i thought about her every time the song came on the radio. i definitely saw her struggle as she tried to balance work and raising a family. now in her retired years, she often tells me how she wished she could have stayed home full time with my sister and me. hm, just as i'm pondering returning to work. don't you just hate those grass-is-always-greener conundrums?!