The Last Decent Person in Washington

Just a word of warning. I tried opening the red, full-story, bar and got nowhere. The original source is the New York but even this excerpt from Longreads gives people a glimpse into Carla Hayden and the work she does at the Library Of Congress. (One of the holiest of holies in the library world … Continue reading The Last Decent Person in Washington

Finding My Funny

The email from the Prairie Theatre Exchange acting school reminded me about spots left in some their winter term classes. I already took a 20 week, yup 20, acting foundations class. I learned my mind was Teflon at the time while memorising a monologue for the class but helped me get out of some areas … Continue reading Finding My Funny

#MusicMonday: Let The River Run by Carly Simon

Carly Simon discography contains songs people will sing hum quietly or sing at the top of their lung years after charting. She's the woman behind 'You're So Vain,' writing songs about ex-lovers before Taylor Swift turned that subject into an album concept. She's not a stranger to movie soundtracks starting with 'Nobody Does It Better,' … Continue reading #MusicMonday: Let The River Run by Carly Simon

A Fat Body and a Fat Mind: On Taking Up Space, Unapologetically

I read this essay and immediately shared it on Twitter. Lately, I have tried to reclaim my body after years of being ashamed of it. I still remember those times people took my name and said, “Fat-Fat-Fatima.” The more I branched out, the more the teasing increased. One time, the vice principal at my elementary school gave me a Participaction Fitness wheel, the kind telling me how much activity would burn off certain foods. Guess it beat dealing with the guys doing the teasing.

When this essay came along, I felt thankful somebody else in high school will not have to go through diets or deprivation. They will not look back at their school pictures and say “hey, I was not bad.” These girls, and guys, will have the tools to take a look at a narrative square in the eye and call bullshit on it.

Longreads

Carmen Maria Machado?s stunning essay in Guernica on the power of women who take up space is an important read for people of any size. Midway through the piece, she describes what happens to self-perception when you live in a world where there’s little representation of your physical self, and what representation there is is mocking or shaming.

Every day, I look for myself in other women’s bodies. This is what happens when you never see yourself in television shows or catalogues or movies—you get hungry. In passersby, I seek out a faithful replica of my own full chest: my plastic-bag stomach pooched over jeans, my milk-carton hips, and my face with its peach-pit cheekbones set in coffee grounds. In this way, I see myself in pieces, mostly, and have to assemble my body in my mind.

It isn’t like my mother and the woman buying the peppers; I’m…

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Only Connect

Longreads shared this article from The Economist about refugees and mobile phones. On the journey to a new life, phones feed the soul as the body goes hungry. The Economist reports on how refugees prize mobile phone connection — even over food. via Phones Over Food: Why Mobile Phones Are More Important to Refugees — Longreads

Post 550 Milestone: I Heart New York

“One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.”-Tom Wolfe, Author and Essayist One Year Ago today, I undertook a solo adventure with a bumpy start. I originally meant to land in New York on the 15th, but weather forced my flight to nearby Albany. … Continue reading Post 550 Milestone: I Heart New York

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I couldn't resist. Plus the answer is yes, always, and let me read the map you get lost too easily.