Girl Power

March 8, 2017 at 3:45 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , )

On this International Women’s Day…

I’m working today and I’m proudly wearing my red alongside my “Celebrate Diversity” and “Another Woman for Peace” buttons. I’m still writing my postcards and making my phone calls and I’m so glad Paul Ryan’s voicemail is finally working again. I’m volunteering at the food pantry tonight but that’s because it’s my regularly scheduled volunteer night and it’s what I would be doing regardless of the holiday.

I endure. I resist.

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International Women’s Day

March 8, 2013 at 1:28 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

Women are pretty awesome.  We’re strong, tough, feminine, masculine, soft, tender, funny, strict, wild, beautiful, imaginative, intelligent and so, so much more – and often all at the same time.  We’ve come a long way from the times when it was assumed we’d stay at home and do nothing but pop out babies and cook meal after meal and we now live in a day and age where we can do just about anything we want – including staying at home to pop out babies and cook meal after meal.  Feminism is a word that often has negative connotations but any person (male or female) who believes women should be treated as fairly as men is a feminist.  Just about every woman I know is a feminist and many of the men in my life are too, whether they realize it or not!

Yes we can!

Apparently International Women’s Day has been a thing since the early 1900’s, which was a time when the equality of women needed a little more attention.  I’d like to think that by now the need for this has become obsolete because everyone just knows that women should have the same basic rights that men do, but unfortunately that’s not the case.  Things like honor killings, genital mutilation, misogyny, pay disparity and Chris Brown still exist so obviously we have a way to go.  I think education is one great way that we can move forward in many of the areas that currently constrain us and a day highlighting some of this stuff is a step in the right direction.

Here’s a little more information about International Women’s Day, in case you’re interested.  Also, maybe take the time today to think about and appreciate some of the women in your life – you literally wouldn’t be here without at least one of them.  And if you’re a woman yourself, think of some of your own accomplishments and pat yourself on the back.  We deserve it!

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February/March Book Club Review

March 13, 2012 at 2:50 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

Yours truly was in charge of the E-vites for our February Book Club, which means that it was my decision whether or not to call on account of bad weather a few weeks ago.  I fell victim to the hype that the news was spewing and cancelled on a night that was supposed to produce half a foot of snow and horrible, awful driving conditions.  In actuality, we received a bit of rain/slush and that was about it so I looked like a fool for pushing our date back, but oh well.  The cancellation caused our next meeting to take place in the first week of March, hence the combo this time around.

More like The Neverending Story

I also happened to be the one to suggest our book of the month, The Adventures of Augie March.  I can tell you right now, I batted a big whopping zero in this department as well.

I chose the book because I had read that the story of a young man growing up on the streets of Chicago during the Depression was both interesting and entertaining and it wound up being neither.  What it was was long, boring, dense and difficult to even force yourself to try to read.  This was a book that the City of Chicago used in a city-wide book club (another reason I chose it was because there were like a bajillion copies in the libraries) but I would be shocked if more than 2 people read the thing in its entirety.  As for the ladies in our book club, a few of them didn’t get past the first 20 pages and those that did didn’t make it much further than that.  I read the most of anyone in the meeting (I felt like I had to punish myself some way for the choice) and I didn’t even make it half way.  And I really did try.

Until I lost the book, that is.

Let me preface this by saying I’ve never lost a library book, ever.  Until this behemoth, at least.  When I took the Megabus home a few weeks ago to visit my mom, I had the book in tow.  I read some of it Friday evening before falling asleep on the bus and then didn’t really think about it again until I was packing up to come back to Chicago on Sunday, when I realized I couldn’t find the damn thing (it was a busy weekend and I didn’t have much time for leisure reading).  While it’s possible that someone sneaked into my mom’s house with the sole purpose of stealing this book, chances are I just left it on the bus and didn’t realize it for days because I wasn’t that invested in it to begin with.  And as anyone who’s ever ridden the Megabus can tell you, if you lose something you’re pretty much screwed.  So the book is gone and I had to pay the library to replace it, which was frustrating because it’s not like anyone is going to read it anyway.

But I digress.

We ate at Anna Maria Pasteria and I had as much fun at dinner as I do while saying the name of this Italian eatery.  Of course, I always have fun with the book club girls so I guess that’s not a shocker, especially considering the half priced bottles of wine we indulged in.  To be completely honest though, I felt the place was a tad overpriced for what it was.  My spinach stuffed cheese tortellini was delicious and all but I think I’ve had better pasta for cheaper in the city.  The ambiance was cozy and had an authentic feel though so I’m glad I gave it a whirl.  Also being seated by Maria of Anna Maria Pasteria gave me a bit of a kick.

Even though it was delayed and provided dismal reading material, I think the evening was a success.  At least everyone had a good sense of humor about the book, although I banned myself from choosing our next one.  I’m a little disappointed that I don’t know what happened to Augie March but since I’m not invested enough to go check it out again, that will remain one of my life’s little mysteries.  Like what happens to my socks in the dryer.

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Girls Are a Girl’s Best Friend

March 9, 2011 at 3:51 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

So yesterday was International Womens Day and it got me thinking about the amazing women I have in my life.  There are quite a few and I decided to pay an anonymous sort of homage to them here today (you may or may not recognize yourself here…if not, please forgive my lack of time and inability to remember every super cool person I know off the top of my head).

My female friends are awesome.  They’re not the giggly type of girls who act vapid to get a free drink at a bar and they certainly don’t live at the mall (not that there’s anything wrong with that).  While it may be true that my friends don’t run in the same little clique like the Sex and the City gals, they each bring something special to my life (not to mention the lives of countless others) and I would be incomplete without them.  They’re very different and many of them don’t even know each other but they all hold an important place in my heart (cue awww here).  Besides, who wants to be like the Sex and the City women anyway?  We have better things to spend our money on than ugly high-heeled shoes.

My friends are intelligent, successful and inspiring.  One is the Executive Director of  a non-profit and another runs more programs and sports activities for at-risk young girls than you can imagine.  One is in grad school and preparing to embark on a career that will help those with auditory and speech issues.  A different one researches and teaches at a downtown Chicago university and yet another is a librarian for the Chicago Public Libraries.  There’s the woman who’s in grad school for animation and hoping to intern with Pixar and the woman who is getting her clinical psychology doctorate while serving the GLBT community.  Not to mention my friend the copywriter who volunteers with the homeless or my pal who is working as hard as she can to support her husband while he goes back to school; then they’re going to switch off so she can finish her degree as well.  I also have a friend who make incredible jewelry from scratch and teach art at a high school, one who does social work to ensure children are being properly taken care of and rocks my socks off with her ability to rage at appropriate protests, one is a culinary genius with her own food blog and one that travels the world and lives wherever she wants.  One woman in particular is a recovering addict with one year clean (and of this I am SO proud) and another is a businesswoman ready to take on New York.

That doesn’t even touch on the women in my family – they are smart, savvy, caring and always there for one another.  They are great mothers, grandmothers, cousins, aunts, daughters and sisters.  The women in my family are the ones that taught me what it was to be a woman and they always make sure I knew I could do and be whatever I wanted.  They encourage me to do the things I imagine, even if they’re laughing or shaking their heads in puzzlement while I do them.

The women in my life are scientists, artists, entrepreneurs, leaders, feminists and all around amazing human beings.  They have taught me more about the world and myself than I could ever learn on my own and they have been there for me through some of the roughest and darkest parts of my life.  I am thankful for each and every one of them and if it were up to me, every day would be a day to celebrate the accomplishments of women such as these.  I know how lucky I am to have such great friends and family and I only hope they get as much from my friendship as I do from theirs – I would be nowhere without these ladies.  So thank you to the people in my life with two x chromosomes and I hope you have a few wonderful women in your life like I have in mine!

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