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HAVE A HARNESS HANDPICKED HOLIDAY: 10 GIFT IDEAS WE LOVE

  Creative Kitchen Essentials | Beekeeper’s Naturals | $79.99 Give the gift of the hive and all its bee-powered benefits this holiday season! The Creative Kitchen Essentials bundle from Beekeeper’s Naturals brings the super power of the hive to the chef or superfood lover in your life. A delicious way to amp up their favorite recipes with one of nature’s sweetest health boosting solutions. You will want to eat the Cacao superfood honey straight from the jar. You’ve been warned … Why we love Beekeeper’s Naturals … This brand is bringing us all the amazing superfoods of the hive in simple, delicious forms while working to preserve the global bee population and protect hives across North America which is critical to promoting the availability and variance of fresh, healthy foods we love....

ON BEING OPPRESSED AND PROBLEMATIC AT THE SAME TIME

I am a queer woman. I am not always unproblematic. I am a middle socioeconomic status, white female college student who identifies as pansexual. I hold some privileges and lack others. The reason I’m writing my truth is that I want people to understand that just because you belong to an oppressed group doesn’t mean you never participate in that oppression. Black cops kill innocent black kids. Women argue against the rights of sex workers. Gay and lesbian folks are often transphobic. We’re all socialized in the same society, so not one of us is immune to the biases that are ingrained in our culture. That’s why it’s impossible and pointless to call someone racist or not racist, sexist or not sexist, homophobic or not homophobic. We all have the capabilities to think in oppressive ways, even ...

NIGHTMARES AND DREAMS

I have learned how to better wear these pains on my skin, how to hang them from my fingertips and make charades of the nightmares that haunt me, so that you might witness that which you cannot truly see I have gone so far as to explore the places within me otherwise left behind locked doors Be patient with me And I promise you will see That which I do not yet understand myself – Nightmares in Charades     Can we meet again? In a few years? In another life? When I have learned The hurt of losing you Because I am Looking at you now And I already know That I do not appreciate, Do not care for you The way you deserve to be But I would say goodbye Shatter this heart with my own hands If you would allow me that glimmer Of hope That I might find you again When I can worship you Th...

HOW TO SET GOALS THAT INSPIRE YOU ALL YEAR

Sometimes you have to look back to remember where you are going.  I remember it like it was yesterday.  I was a college graduate in 2011 who could not find a job.  Similar to any person in that position I took the first opportunity that panned out.  For me, that was working as a full-time nanny for two years. In 2014, I was creating international education programs for the U.S. Department of State.  What propelled me from watching kids to creating and managing multi-million dollar programs for the top foreign affairs agency in the world? The introspective work I did before creating clear-cut goals.    Get To Know Yourself Again We all have an itch to pursue a certain thing.  If we aren‘t careful, life can quickly get in the way causing us to forget what that is. I learned that my goals had...

EVENING VISITOR

Every evening around 6 p.m., I notice a lizard creep up on a side wall of my balcony. Often, I stare as it lays still on the wall, it’s black eyes staring through the glass sliding doors of my balcony, and inside at me. Soon it moves and creeps up further on the wall. At times when the sliding door is slightly ajar, it makes sure to make an entry inside the house, and manage to get onto the black teak cupboards that are adjacent to the balcony. I see it crawl up and onto the storage space over the cupboards, and then make its way from the shut door of the storage space, till the end of the cupboards and then crawl to the side of the cupboards and eventually out of the room. The first time this happened, I thought I lost it and it won’t visit anymore. That it had ventured off into a new hor...

DETACHING

I wanted to be the sad poet but I couldn’t handle it anymore This drowning myself with my own grief This taking every weight upon my back like it was mine to carry Like finally crossing the finish line would amount to anything but my own demise Making art from pain is healing But only making art that hurts is a form of suicide I was destroying myself for the greater good Sacrificing my innards for the sake of art and what beauty it brings forth But all I ever caused was the release of more pain, urging these tortured artists to keep being complicit in their own suffering. I can’t stand by idle as my body degrades and my soul tears off a piece every day No piece can justify my death No lived experience is worth reliving, if it brings me to my knees and drags me closer to the ground Where I ...

THE KETOGENIC DIET – FAD OR FOREVER?

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past year, it is likely you have heard something about the Ketogenic diet. Whether it be a success story, an article headline boasting fast weight loss results, or a new professional athlete that has jumped on the bandwagon. The diet that was once solely used to help treat children with epilepsy has now become one of the most popular and fastest growing diet trends in the US. What exactly is the ketogenic diet? In short, it is a high fat, low carb diet being used to help people lose weight. A little background: fat, carbohydrates, and protein are the three macronutrients. One or more of these macronutrients are present in all of the food that we eat and these are what contribute to the calories in our food. All three are necessary for human ...

WHAT TO EXPECT ENTERING YOUR SIXTH OR SEVENTH DECADE

Life has been quite a journey. I’m approaching 71 years young and still going strong. At many times in my life, I have surprised myself and achieved something that I thought was off the table, or walked through a door that I thought was already closed to me. People said that falling in love was no longer an option, but I got married at 69 years old. People said I should stop working, but I still model and act and founded a new business in my 60s. I’m here to tell you that anything can happen in your later years, and help you make sure you are ready for it for the surprises that maturity can present. The first rule is to always have a positive attitude. It’s not what happens to us, it’s how we handle it. And secondly, if any negative energy enters your space, walk away. These two rules alon...

WOMEN HISTORY FORGOT: PAN YULIANG

Naked and Strong: the Chinese Painter Obsessed with Nudes The women in Pan Yuliang’s nude paintings are shown in quiet abandon under the painter’s gaze, yet from their nudity comes not vulnerability but strength. Depicting her sitters as endowed with subjectivity is a bold artistic move given that, in art, women are more often passive muses than agents of artistic creation.             Born in 1895 in Jiangsu Province, East China, Pan Yuliang was orphaned and sold as a maid into a brothel at the age of 14. Her freedom was later bought by customs officer Pan Zanhua who made her his concubine and introduced her to the intellectual and artistic circles of Shangai. She learned to paint from a neighbour and in 1918 she was the first woman to be admitted to the Shangai Art Academy. She later wen...

TIPS FOR BEING THE BEST BRIDESMAID

Having walked down the aisle nearly 15 times, I know a thing or two about proper bridesmaid etiquette. You’re probably thinking, “Always the bridesmaid, never the bride.” FYI, I’ll happily wear 27 dresses if I end up with a James Marsden. Swoon. In the meantime, I’ve gathered some tips for first-timers or gals who need a refresher course. Save your Twobirds bridesmaid dress You may need it again and it can be worn 15 different ways. (All hideously unflattering.) Be careful when the bride decides she doesn’t want to be a “diva” and insists she’s the “cool, laid-back” wife-to-be. If she says you can wear whatever black dress you choose, as with any legal document, always read the fine print at the bottom of the email. (P.S. I love all my beautiful friends, please make sure the black dress is...

LITTLE WRITINGS FROM THE LILAC WRITER: PART THREE

BETTERMENT   It began with a sinking feeling stirring in a deep chasm somewhere in the body   up so high you build, buildings just to see it crumble to ruins   you rebuild, buildings just to see it crumble to ruins   even on ground you could not shake the feeling off from being a trembling earthquake.   you tell yourself that it’s just a feeling sinking further and further into you it would go away without interference but it never does.   ruination of one’s self has become me.   betterment looks at me dead eyed   while self-destruction holds my hand in a locked grip   betterment doesn’t ask me to choose but self destruct does.   –  AM . ALI     Author: AM . ALI Email: aminahwrites00@gmail.com Author Bio: A...

BREATHING IN THE LIGHT

I lay my back against the grass Breathing in the moon I draw its silver light into the aching parts of me  Are wounds really where the light enters, dear Rumi?  I hope so Because beneath the midnight sky I am searching my soul for the therapy of words and shooting stars And I inhale deep and desperate breaths of moonlight  …starlight, candlelight  Hoping that they will mend my wild inner soul light      Author note: This piece came about through my process of healing in the midst of miscarriage and fertility challenges     Author: Jodi Sky Rogers Email: jodiskyrogers@gmail.com Author Bio: Jodi Sky Rogers is a Feminine Healing Coach and Author. Her personal experience with PCOS and Fertility challenges over the past six years inspires her to support women going through simil...

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