Sunday, May 27, 2012

Is... Is anyone there?

Perhaps one day soon I will get to a place in my life where I am not writing this post.  This post outlining the reasons for my long (although not greatly missed - I was a pretty crappy writer) absence.  Do people still call it the blogosphere?  I don't think I'm there yet.  In the intervening months I've survived the ending of an important relationship, lots of depression and anxiety, a move from Quebec to Nova Scotia, where I now live with my parents, a new job and... an offer of admission to a midwifery program!  See how I ended on a bright note there?  Suffice it to say, a lot has been going on.  Now, I work nights and wait for the day when I will make another cross-country move to begin school in September.  

Let's start again from scratch.  Here's what I'm into right now: 

Music: I've had Rose Cousins on repeat, but am now back to The Gossip (seriously though, Beth Ditto and/or Hannah Blilie will you marry me?) - this song is terribly apropos.
Books: So far this year I've gone from Jane Austen to Miriam Toews to Veronica Roth.  Right now I'm reading Under the Dome by Stephen King which is deliciously large.  I've also just placed an order for some new comics and Guy Delisle's Jerusalem. 
Blogs: I've been introduced to all of the amazingness that is xoJane and am especially fond of their It Happened to Me (IHTM) posts - check 'em out here.  In addition to Beth and Hannah I'd like to marry and/or bone Emily McCombs AND Lesley Kinzel.  At the same time, preferably.

What are you into?  

That's all for now folks, you'll see me around here more now, pinky swear.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Unsolicited Advice for Blue Ivy Carter

Jaclyn Friedman has written a letter of unsolicited advice to the wonder-child of Jay Z and Beyonce, Blue Ivy Carter.  She manages to somehow throw in talk of sexuality, race, agency, and a lot of other feminist buzz words - and I LOVE it! Read it here.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Traveling Red Dress

I've been following the #travelingreddress movement on Twitter and have been blown away the response The Bloggess has received.  The dress, written about here by Forbes, was worn by The Bloggess in an effort to be overindulgent, celebratory, special, and whimsical.  To do something just because.  Because, why the fuck not?  

I love the picture of her in the red dress, which you can see here on her blog with the post that started it all.  Aside from how amazing she looks in it (& how happy), she then did a crazy-amazing thing and sent the red dress to other women who needed something in their lives but were to embarrassed to ask for it.  I cried when reading this story.  And this one.  Now, people are sharing their own red dresses, blue dresses, & things that aren't even dresses, in order to help each other be happy.  There's a Flikr page where people can donate and share dresses & photo sessions, and where The Bloggess showcases the two new dresses she's added to her collection, and that will begin traveling in 6 weeks.  

As women we so seldom allow our selves to do something crazy, something just for the hell of it.  I would like to learn how to box, write a poem, and spend a day throwing large amounts of paint at huge pieces of paper with my kid.  So, what's your red dress?

Monday, January 9, 2012

"We're terrified of birth"

Ina May Gaskin always says it so simply - we are terrified of birth.  Thus, we are so easily exploited.  Watch these two videos recommended by her showing an elephant and chimpanzee giving birth - they are not afraid, they are comfortable with their bodies.  If mainstream movies & TV would showcase more births with women like this mama elephant we might be able to trust our bodies more. 

Watch the videos here at Feministing

Friday, December 16, 2011

Birth Wants Her Soul Back

THIS.  This is one of the most powerful and thought-provoking essays I have ever read about birth.  Bonus - it was written by a woman I have great respect and admiration for, who works in my local birthing community, Lesley Everest.  The essay describes how us, the collective (North American) us, have come to exist in a culture so fearful of birth.  Please take the time to read it here, and let me know what you think.

Gift Guides

Come December, gift guides are everywhere.  I enjoy reading them, but rarely find them useful in selecting gifts.  Joey Comeau and Emily Horne, however, have got it right.  They put together a gift guide of quirky, lesser-known, super interesting things (I bought my girlfriend the lock pick set and can't wait to read Swing Low by Miriam Toews). Check it out here.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Doula Match Availability

For those in the Montreal area, please check out my Doula Match profile, listing my availability and share!  Thanks :)