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Let’s Go For a Walk On the Bloomingdale Trail

16 Oct

The Bloomingdale Trail is an old railroad line that is elevated above the streets that runs along Bloomingdale Street.  It’s a peaceful walk because you don’t have to worry about cars or bikes. It provides a new view of Chicago. Everyone you meet on the trail is friendly and likes to say hello and chat. However, it is actually considered trespassing to walk on the trail because it is private property.  Currently there are efforts being made to turn the trail into a linear park.  Read more about it and how you can get involved to help here.

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What do you want to be: whale or mermaid?

5 Oct

I got this pic via FB through a friend of a friend. Here’s what they had to say:

A while back, at the entrance of a gym, there was a picture of a very thin and beautiful woman. The caption was “This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?” The story goes, a woman (of clothing size unknown) answered the following way:”Dear people, whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, seals, curious humans), they are sexually active and raise their children with great tenderness.
They entertain like crazy with dolphins and eat lots of prawns. They swim all day and travel to fantastic places like Patagonia, the Barents Sea or the coral reefs of Polynesia.
They sing incredibly well and sometimes even are on cds. They are impressive and dearly loved animals, which everyone defend and admires.Mermaids do not exist.

But if they existed, they would line up to see a psychologist because of a problem of split personality: woman or fish?
They would have no sex life and could not bear children.
Yes, they would be lovely, but lonely and sad.
And, who wants a girl that smells like fish by his side?

Without a doubt, I’d rather be a whale.

At a time when the media tells us that only thin is beautiful, I prefer to eat ice cream with my kids, to have dinner with my husband, to eat and drink and have fun with my friends.

We women, we gain weight because we accumulate so much wisdom and knowledge that there isn’t enough space in our heads, and it spreads all over our bodies.
We are not fat, we are greatly cultivated.
Every time I see my curves in the mirror, I tell myself: “How amazing am I ?! ”

— with Teresa Myers.

I’m a whale all the way.

Vintage Finds at Seek

4 Oct

Seek Vintage is a cute boutique on Chicago Avenue.  It’s cozy and not overwhelming.  Carefully curated with vintage gems. I like to think about my purchases so I walked away empty handed.  I absolutely adored and definitely would not have had to think about buying the sailor shoes, but they were too small for me!  They were a 7.5 and I usually wear a 9.  My feet are ginormous compared to the rest of me.  It was a sad day indeed. Here are some interesting items to check out.

liberal feminism paradox: illustrated

4 Oct

fb page: a girls guide to taking over the world

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Let’s Go For A Walk in Logan Square

29 Sep

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Seeing as I have free time now that I am not being overworked by Planned Parenthood I often find myself walking to the post office to mail out my Etsy orders. I’ve recently decided to start taking my camera with me to capture the neighborhoods of Chicago.

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Paper Eyelashes

28 Sep

Paperself has created eyelashes made from paper.  “Inspired by the art of Chinese paper-cutting, Eyelashes blend an element of traditional culture with contemporary design. Intricately cut and delicately pretty, Eyelashes are now available in 11 styles,  each infused with symbolic meaning rooted in Chinese culture.”  My faves are under the sea with the adorable seahorse and the peacock.  Show off those lashes.

Hi, it’s nice to meet you

28 Sep

We are 3 friends who met in Chicago.  We come from different backgrounds, but our common link is we are not afraid of the dreaded “F-word” feminist and gladly identify as such.  We feel that feminists shouldn’t be stereotyped or pitted against one another or that if you are a feminist that you can’t enjoy getting a mani-pedi while sipping on champagne.  We are starting this blog because we are now in three different locations.  Maria is in a small, college town in upstate New York. Phaydra remains in Chicago.  Vera is in Oakland, California.  We want to remain connected to each other and share what it is to be a feminist.  Yes, feminists do like fashion and food and even enjoy watching  Sex and the City (of course not without critique).

  • Vera

When Vera isn’t in school she is battling the wonders of children and wishing she were at home cooking, talking to her best friends about present day feminism and enjoying all the greatness that the Bay Area has to offer.

  • Phaydra

Is currently having a life crisis.  She quit her job at Planned Parenthood and is now trying to figure out what to do with her life.  This includes much volunteering, interning, and surfing the internet, but no actual paid work boo hoo.  She blames her parents for her indecisiveness since her mother is a Democrat and her father is a Republican.  Or maybe it comes from being a Libra.  She hates theories and academic writing which is what caused her to change her former career path of being a life-long student.  For now she is content to sell vintage clothes on Etsy and explore Chicago.

  • maria

About a year ago I had a dream, I don’t remember its specifics but immediately when I woke up I called my grandmother. I had to tell her about it. In the dream there was a woman who looked at me and told me ” you do it with what’s within you.” I don’t remember what I wanted or need to do but this phrase struck me, so much so that I wrote it down in one of my notebooks. When I told my grandmother about the dream and what this woman had said, she said to me,”Dios siempre esta contigo, dentro de ti. No tienes que ir a buscarlo” this was her interpretation of the dream. She explained that God is always with me and inside me. I don’t need to go find God. I was struck by her response. I am not a religious person but I do believe in the spiritual connection between everyone, for better or worse. And although I can be really critical of organized religion and haven’t participated in along time, I think my grandmother confirmed for me that when I feel weak, like I can’t go on, sad, lost I can always count on those spirits that are around me to guide me through difficult times. If I am able to listen…This understanding of the world has been facilitated by various feminists, Starhawk, hooks, Lugones, Lorde, my mom, and grandmother among many more; through their writing and insight these immaterial connections would make no sense, they would get lost in the violence of dominant Western thought, capitalism, patriarchy, sexism, racism in short all of the dominant organizing principles of reality. What they have done is given
me the ability to articulate other  real organizing principles of reality. This ability has become imperative because as a Ph.D. student in a small town; a very small, economically and spiritually depressed town finding strength to make a life here that is fulfilling is difficult but I look to “what’s in me” to guide me. I have a lot of help, from friends,family, food, music, books and the spirits in all things around me. This is a practical way of life. Fashion, Food and Feminism are part of my survival tactics, not just in the midst of academia and small town living but always. My contribution here is to share these strategies in the hopes that they help strengthen everyone’s ability to live and “do ‘it’ (whatever it may be) with what is within in you.”

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