Oct 21, 2010

a little kick

I made this incredibly delicious bourbon pumpkin cheesecake from a recipe adapted from Gourmet by  the talented blogger of Smitten Kitchen. Which, by the way, has got to be my all-time favorite food blog, I just want to make every recipe on there!

Oct 20, 2010

Do more than just wear purple

Students Across the Country Pledge to be Allies to LGBT Youth During GLSEN's Ally Week

Ally Week Kicks Off in More than a Thousand Schools

New York, NY (Vocus) October 18, 2010

Thousands of students from more than 1,000 middle and high schools across the country began participating in GLSEN’s Ally Week today to identify, encourage and support allies in addressing anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) bullying in schools.
A student-led and student-created event, Ally Week is a way to build upon the unifying work of Gay-Straight Alliance student clubs by encouraging people to be allies against anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools.
“Everybody deserves to have an education, and everybody deserves to feel safe at school,” said Moriah Rahamim, a 17-year-old senior from Cleveland. “I am an ally because of empathy, and by working to ensure the safety of students who face stigma due to their real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, I believe that we are really fighting for the safety of all students, everywhere.”
Students participate in a number of ways but usually encourage their peers to take the Ally Week pledge, which students and adults sign either through pledge cards in school or online at http://www.allyweek.org (http://www.allyweek.org). The pledge reads:
I believe all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression deserve to feel safe and supported.
That means I pledge to:

  • Not use anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) language or slurs.
  • Intervene, if I safely can, in situations where students are being harassed.
  • Support efforts to end bullying and harassment.
Nearly 9 out of 10 (84.6%) LGBT students experience harassment at school and 61.1% feel unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation, according to GLSEN’s 2009 National School Climate Survey of 7,261 LGBT students in middle and high school.
“Recent tragedies have brought attention to the longstanding public health crisis of anti-LGBT bullying in our schools," GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard said. "Allies can make a huge difference in creating safer schools for LGBT youth. GLSEN’s Ally Week offers students and adults an opportunity to show their support for creating a world in which all students are valued and respected, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression."
GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community. For information on GLSEN's research, educational resources, public policy advocacy, student organizing programs and educator training initiatives, visit http://www.glsen.org (http://www.glsen.org)

Oct 8, 2010

"We just do what we can and trust that the effort matters"

Educated as a biologist, Barbara Kingsolver is a detailed, well-read writer. Her collection of essays Small Wonder ranges from her response to 9/11 to her speculations on our culture’s “scientific illiteracy” to some of the personal lessons in her own life. It has the gems of wisdom that run throughout all of her works; truths like “We are all in the same boat. It’s the same struggle for each of us, and the same path out: the utterly simple, infinitely wise, ultimately defiant act of loving one thing and then another, loving our way back to life.” 

Kingsolver reminds us of the war every person fights and shows us the beauty in the world we still have. If there is anyone that can make genetic engineering interesting and understandable to the least science-minded of us, and add poetry to the every day, it is Barbara Kingsolver. I’ve found that even if I don’t agree with all of her insights, I am still fascinated by them. Her practiced patience in revering nature and her connection to the people and world around her are enviable. 

And best of all, she very honestly and humanly practices what she preaches: “Since it’s nonsensical, plus embarrassing, to be an outspoken critic of things you do yourself, I set myself long ago to the task of consuming less. I never go to India, but in various stages of my free-wheeling youth I tried out living in a tent, in a commune, and in Europe, before eventually determining that I could only hope to dent the salacious appetites of my homeland and make us a more perfect union by living inside this amazing beast, poking its belly from the inside with my one little life and the small, pointed sword of my pen. So this is where I feed my family and try to live lightly on the land.”

I think we could all take a bit of advice from Kingsolver's mighty pen and humble garden.

Oct 5, 2010


shirt: J.Crew
skirt: Top Shop
shoes: Target
ring: nOir
necklace: thrifted
hairpin: Etsy
clutch: thrifted

I don't know why I stand so weird but apparently it's not new. Ran errands like a housewife then blinged it up for a night out with the necklace and heels. How wonderful would it be to just rock outfits for a living? I should put that on my resume.

On another note, my lack of posts is due to the fact that I've been busy walking around the house talking to myself while I teach an imaginary yoga class because teacher training is making me nervous. In a good way.