From Feministe: Illinois Sued Over Refusal to Correct Birth Certificates: "Two transgender women are suing the state of Illinois, which is refusing to change/correct their birth certificates to accurately reflect their gender identities. Why won’t the state change them? Karissa Rothkopf and Victoria Kirk haven’t met the state’s standards for gender reaffirmation surgery, which apparently include having the surgery performed by a doctor licensed in the United States. Their surgeries were both performed in Thailand."
Dr. Peter Klatsky: Why Contraception Saves Money and Prevents Abortions : A Doctor's Take on the Stimulus Package: "One cannot help but wonder whether congressional Republicans actually want to maintain the current rates of abortion, teen pregnancy, unnecessary public spending, or decreased productivity. Their policy on contraception suggests that they do."
I like the combo of the natural and the bold in these stools. Nice.
This eco resort in Indonesia almost looks too good to be true. Wow.
No doubt having received an extra boost from Michelle Obama's inauguration day get up, yellow is, apparently, thecolorof theyear. I only have one yellow peice of clothing (a mustard yellow silk work shirt), but I'm willing to give it more of a try...
Current: Women feel most beautiful at 32. Yay, 32 here I come! Really, I have heard this (generally the 30's, not the age 32 specifically) from women before. Most of them told me that their 20's were too fraught with insecurity and confusion over life decisions for them to really settle into themselves and feel centered. So, here's to growing wiser with each year...
Love this (left). From a website (I almost wrote "worksite," which I may like better...) whose name is eluding me, but whom I will credit as soon as I remember. [Ah ha! The site is called Indexed, apologies for the earlier lapse of memory...]
This Matchbook Notebook idea is adorable, and if someone gave me one with their business info or number on it, I would definitely be impressed.
I've never heard of Steve Alan before (I'm not exactly up on fashion), but I really like these shots from his line, especially all the plaid (once a west coaster, always a west coaster...)
Ledbetter passed by Senate! "The Ledbetter Act, which was blocked in the Republican-led Senate last year, will essentially reverse the 2007 Supreme Court decision that required workers to file charges on a pay discrimination claim within six months after receiving their first discriminatory paycheck. The Court’s decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber, which reversed the jury’s compensation award to Ledbetter, essentially gave employers the go-ahead to discriminate in pay, as long as they weren’t caught in the first six months after the onset of their illegal actions."
Here's to 36 years of a woman's right to her own body.
Here's to 36 years of health.
Here's to 36 years of safety.
Here's to 36 years of CHOICE.
Unfortunately, the work is not over. Rescind the Global Gag Rule. Donate to Planned Parenthood and NARAL and NOW. Fight abstinence only education. Educate the kids and teens in your life. Empower the women around you. Please, keep us all safe, empowered, healthy, and free to choose our own paths.
"So you think that you're a failure, do you? Well, you probably are. What's wrong with that? In the first place, if you've any sense at all you must have learned by now that we pay just as dearly for our triumphs as we do for our defeats. Go ahead and fail. But fail with wit, fail with grace, fail with style. A mediocre failure is as insufferable as a mediocre success. Embrace failure! Seek it out. Learn to love it. That may be the only way any of us will ever be free." - Tom Robbins
Yet another great interview with the ridiculously dreamy Rachel Maddow.
I saw one of these ads and thought it was totally bizarre! Not only did it claim that a trip to Australia would save your failing marriage, but placed all the blame (in a 30-second ad!) on the wife for not being able to successfully balance her work and family! Nice to see someone else thought they were odd as well....
“Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes. Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.” - Henry Miller
The first inauguration I remember was that of Bill Clinton in 1993. For me, the highlight was the wonderful Maya Angelou and her inaugural poem. Here it is, still resonant and powerful.
A Rock, A River, A Tree
Hosts to species long since departed, Marked the mastodon. The dinosaur, who left dry tokens Of their sojourn here On our planet floor, Any broad alarm of their hastening doom Is lost in the gloom of dust and ages.
But today, the Rock cries out to us, clearly, forcefully, Come, you may stand upon my Back and face your distant destiny, But seek no haven in my shadow.
I will give you no more hiding place down here.
You, created only a little lower than The angels, have crouched too long in The bruising darkness, Have lain too long Face down in ignorance.
Your mouths spilling words Armed for slaughter.
The Rock cries out today, you may stand on me, But do not hide your face.
Across the wall of the world, A River sings a beautiful song, Come rest here by my side.
Each of you a bordered country, Delicate and strangely made proud, Yet thrusting perpetually under siege.
Your armed struggles for profit Have left collars of waste upon My shore, currents of debris upon my breast.
Yet, today I call you to my riverside, If you will study war no more. Come,
Clad in peace and I will sing the songs The Creator gave to me when I and the Tree and the stone were one.
Before cynicism was a bloody sear across your Brow and when you yet knew you still Knew nothing.
The River sings and sings on.
There is a true yearning to respond to The singing River and the wise Rock.
So say the Asian, the Hispanic, the Jew The African and Native American, the Sioux, The Catholic, the Muslim, the French, the Greek The Irish, the Rabbi, the Priest, the Sheikh, The Gay, the Straight, the Preacher, The privileged, the homeless, the Teacher. They hear. They all hear The speaking of the Tree.
Today, the first and last of every Tree Speaks to humankind. Come to me, here beside the River.
Plant yourself beside me, here beside the River.
Each of you, descendant of some passed On traveller, has been paid for.
You, who gave me my first name, you Pawnee, Apache and Seneca, you Cherokee Nation, who rested with me, then Forced on bloody feet, left me to the employment of Other seekers--desperate for gain, Starving for gold.
You, the Turk, the Swede, the German, the Scot ... You the Ashanti, the Yoruba, the Kru, bought Sold, stolen, arriving on a nightmare Praying for a dream.
Here, root yourselves beside me.
I am the Tree planted by the River, Which will not be moved.
I, the Rock, I the River, I the Tree I am yours--your Passages have been paid.
Lift up your faces, you have a piercing need For this bright morning dawning for you.
History, despite its wrenching pain, Cannot be unlived, and if faced With courage, need not be lived again.
Lift up your eyes upon The day breaking for you.
Give birth again To the dream.
Women, children, men, Take it into the palms of your hands.
Mold it into the shape of your most Private need. Sculpt it into The image of your most public self. Lift up your hearts Each new hour holds new chances For new beginnings.
Do not be wedded forever To fear, yoked eternally To brutishness.
The horizon leans forward, Offering you space to place new steps of change. Here, on the pulse of this fine day You may have the courage To look up and out upon me, the Rock, the River, the Tree, your country.
No less to Midas than the mendicant.
No less to you now than the mastodon then.
Here on the pulse of this new day You may have the grace to look up and out And into your sister's eyes, into Your brother's face, your country And say simply Very simply With hope Good morning.
“…I would like to beg you dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.” - Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet (1903)
Arg. The Supreme Court further limits the exclusionary rule: "The defendant in the case, Bennie Dean Herring, was arrested based on what police thought was an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Authorities later learned that the warrant had been recalled, but sought to prosecute Herring based on drugs and a gun found during the arrest. [The Supreme Court] wrote that improperly obtained evidence may be admitted "when police mistakes are the result of negligence such as that described here, rather than systemic error or reckless disregard of constitutional requirements.""
NYTimes: "Foodzie, uses the Web to connect small farmers and food makers with customers seeking fresh, artisanal foods."
"Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each." - Thoreau
Globespotters on Mumbai Street Food. Maybe it wasn't "safe" but I ate street food (and pretty sketchy restaurant food) when I was in India and I never got sick. In fact, I felt a lot better than I do usually in the US, I think partially because I wasn't eating as much processed food or food with additives. Things may not have been the height of hygiene, but for the most part they were fresh, which I think counts for a lot....
Please welcome guest blogger TinyFossil! My designated "science friend," TinyFossil also happens to be an avid biker, a serious music lover, and a total hottie. I hope you enjoy her additions to Yum & Yuk! xoxo Shorty
In the interest of injecting a little nerdery into Yum & Yuk, I'll be posting occasionally about science related issues, and probably other randomness as well. After all, it's up to us young whippersnappers to ensure that the division of science and the humanities decried in C.P. Snow's The Two Cultures is ended, or at least eroded. With global warming, ecosystem decline, ocean acidification, personal genomics, Mars exploration, and the energy crisis in our faces all day long it's worth it to pay a little attention, have a little background, and generally be a little nerdier…
Not so fast. The folks over at NASA and the myriad scientists who are associated with the various Mars missions are constantly trying to find reasons to claim that Mars is, or once was, hospitable to life. Some responsibility also lies in journalists' deep un-abiding love of over-reaching headlines.
This time around, I was conveniently able to go about 6 feet away from my desk to ask a resident Mars expert the skinny on the new findings. He gave me his usual "there they go AGAIN" look and reluctantly stopped Skyping with his girlfriend to tell me what was what. Dr. Perchlorate, as we will call him, confirmed my suspicion that the methane signal these scientists report could very easily come from volcanic activity underneath the surface of the planet, as opposed to being a byproduct of bacteria eating stuff. While no actual volcanic eruptions have ever been observed, there is evidence that the planet has been volcanically active within the last million years or so, a relatively short period of time for us geologist types, and short enough that it's a pretty sure bet there is still a lot of heat and activity going on under the planet's crust, activity that could very easily be responsible for the methane signal reported.
"Caring Less When Suffering’s Greater." I've always thought this was an interesting question....basically, why does the collective "we" get more worked up about a baby that has fallen down a well, when there's a genocide going on somewhere? I think the answer is complex and multi-part, but this article by Shankar Vendantam has some very interesting insights: "Slovic's research suggests that the central reason the United States has not responded forcefully -- and quickly -- to crises ranging from the Holocaust to the Rwandan genocide, from the ethnic cleaning that occurred in the 1990s Balkan conflict to the present-day crisis in Sudan's Darfur region, is not that presidents are uncaring, or that Americans only value American lives, but that the human mind has been unintentionally designed to respond in perverse ways to large-scale suffering."
The Rev. Al Sharpton on gay marraige, Prop 8, and the role of churches: "It amazes me when I looked at California and saw churches that had nothing to say about police brutality, nothing to say when a young black boy was shot while he was wearing police handcuffs, nothing to say when the they overturned affirmative action, nothing to say when people were being delegated into poverty, yet they were organizing and mobilizing to stop consenting adults from choosing their life partners. There is something immoral and sick about using all of that power to not end brutality and poverty, but to break into people's bedrooms and claim that God sent you."
As most of you know, I'm pretty low maintenance (well, at least appearance wise. Emotionally, I'm pretty high maintenance...but anyways). However, the last year or two has seen me start to pay more attention to appearance and upkeep and the wild world of PRODUCT. I think some of that comes from entering a more professional working world, and realizing that while I think letting my hair grow and grow for years without ever seeing a brush looks "rock and roll," it doesn't translate quite the same way when you are asking people to take you seriously. And pay you. I don't think I'll ever be a big makeup devotee (it still makes me feel like I'm in drag when I have it on), but I have become a fan of things that keep the basics - hair and skin - in good shape so that makeup isn't really needed. Towards that end (and after this first year of experimentation), here are my favorites. I've split them up by high-end (Sephora) and low-end (the drug store). Enjoy!
The Mecca of all things good-smelling and magic-working, Sephora:
Fekkai Glossing Cream. This stuff gets a lot of love from people. I'm not quite as enthused as everyone else, but I have found its great for when my hair is dry and needs to be both tamed and also re-plumped up. You only need a little (or your hair gets greasy), but it's a good standby for when I don't have time to wash my hair in the morning (hey, it happens).
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment. I tried to deny my love for this product for a long time, because it's so overpriced....but the delicious lemon smell and its smoothing, hydrating effects finally wore me down. Fine, I love you, Fresh Sugar Lips!
Philosophy Hope In A Jar. This is another crowd favorite over at Sephora. Because of the high cost, I put off tryiing it, but I got a sample from Sephora with my last order and it really has been pretty amazing. It's super hydrating (stopping just short of being too rich) and my skin feels (and looks) great after only three days of using it.
MD Skincare Alpha Beta Peel. This is the pricey one, and the super duper one. I went into the Sephora here in South Beach and confessed my lack of a skin care routine, my complete laziness, and my lack of interest in makeup to the woman there. She showed me this product and said, use it and you won't need makeup. And she was right. This two part system couldn't be easier - wipe your face with a Step 1 Pad, let it dry, and then wipe it with a Step 2 Pad. Voila. You WILL see effects right away. The only downsides - its somewhat intense so if you have super sensitive skin, beware. Also, it's really pricey. So what I do (and would recommend) is use the system every other day (or every third day) and just wash with a basic cleanser (see below) the rest of the time.
I have pretty dark lashes so never really saw the point of mascara, etc. But I do have to say that having given into the hype, when I use the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler and then finish off with Dior Show Mascara, those lashes are lookin' pretty sweet.
Your neighborhood drug store:
Matrix Biolage. I think this hair line is great. In addition to their shampoos and conditioners, I would be lost without their leave in detangler. I put it in my hair while wet and it not only detangles, but softens. Great stuff.
Blistex Silk&Shine. This is Blistex's fancy version. It's got no color and a little shine and is a great cheap alternative/filler to the expensive glosses that are out there.
Dr. Phil discusses transgendered youth. I haven't seen the show, but happy to hear that he seems to have handled it....not terribly (wow, what low standards I have at this point....): "It is true that Dr. Phil wasn't a saint during this program, insisting on using the words, "gender-confused children" occasionally. Overall, he stayed neutral. He even said in the beginning that this was not an area he had any expertise in. We, as a community, like it when we can complain about something that doesn't go our way. I was highly skeptical when I heard of the subject matter of this program. But after seeing Toni defending her child against NARTH and Focus on the Family, you have to love it. Thank you, Dr. Phil, for showing us this topic in this wonderful manner."
* The quote of the week. -Rev. Ed Bacon. From Oprah.com: "Another hot-button issue that sent viewers straight to our message boards was a comment made by the Rev. Ed Bacon during a discussion on spirituality. After hearing from Sedrick, who says he had a tough adolescence growing up as a gay teen in rural Alabama, the Rev. Bacon said something Oprah says she has never heard a minister say. "Being gay is a gift from God," the Rev. Bacon said. "But our culture doesn't understand that. And consequently, the culture sends messages that you ought to isolate. And isolation is the antithesis of what all of us need." To further explain his comment, the Rev. Bacon joins Oprah via satellite. "I meant exactly what I said," he says. "It is so important for every human being to understand that he or she is a gift from God.""
what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice— though the whole house began to tremble and you felt the old tug at your ankles. "Mend my life!" each voice cried. But you didn't stop. You knew what you had to do, though the wind pried with its stiff fingers at the very foundations, though their melancholy was terrible. It was already late enough, and a wild night, and the road full of fallen branches and stones. But little by little, as you left their voices behind, the stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds, and there was a new voice which you slowly recognized as your own, that kept you company as you strode deeper and deeper into the world, determined to do the only thing you could do— determined to save the only life you could save.
Yikes. Reminds all us bloggers (especially law students) to keep confidentiality in mind...always. Law.com: Intern Blog Alleges Racial Bias: "Do you know where your interns blog? A blog written by a former intern to the San Francisco Public Defender's office has prompted the San Francisco Superior Court to look into whether a PD used peremptory challenges to dismiss potential jurors solely because of race or ethnicity."
I've totally discussed this theory with friends before, but had no idea a name had been coined. Penultamour it is! Freakonomics: "A few months ago, we coined a new word on this blog: "penultamour," defined as 'the last person to date another person before that other person took up with his/her eventual spouse.'"
To the left: I'm love love loving those shelves/drawers to the left of the bed. As always, Apartment Therapy doesn't disappoint.
Big news: "When immigrants face possible deportation, they don't have the right to a state-appointed attorney. Now, the Bush administration says this means they also don't have the right to a new hearing if the lawyer they hire turns out to be incompetent or a fraud." Listen on NPR.
A site that's helping me start the new year (I do love new beginnings) with a good attitude...and many reminders to slow down - Zen Habits.
Obama tries to backpedal/please 'em all....Towelroad: "Gay Bishop Gene Robinson to Deliver Invocation at Inaugural Opening." I'm still pissed about Rick Warren, nice try though. Politico reports: "The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, who became the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop in 2003 and last year entered into a civil union with his gay partner, will deliver the invocation for Sunday’s kickoff inaugural event on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, with President-elect Obama in attendance. The event is free and open to the public. An Obama source: 'Robinson was in the plans before the complaints about Rick Warren. Many skeptics will read this as a direct reaction to the Warren criticism – but it’s just not so.' Robinson has been referred to as 'the most controversial Christian in the world.'"
I thought this article was interesting and long overdue - the Sikh community is much understood and ignored in the United States. WSJ Law Blog: "The Kirpan: A Dangerous Weapon? Or More Like a Star of David?" Take this opportunity to educate yourself on Sikhism.
From Racialicious, the death of Oscar Grant continues to have impacts throughout the country.
I am in awe of 101 Cookbooks! A beautiful site that makes me want to try new food AND attempt cooking! Now that's a feat. There's informative writing, a healthy focus, a varied collection of recipes...
...and how could you resist this luscious photography?