Archive for March, 2011

What I love about April…

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Hope. Spring. Rain. Sunflowers. April Fool’s Day. Candy. Grass and trees. Spring cleaning. Spring reading.

Worries

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Oh. We all have them, don’t we? Me… well, I am a chronic worrier. I try not to be but I think my brain simply will not allow me to not be prepared for whatever may come. Diligence. My brain wants to survive, to make it through things unscathed but it doesn’t make the worrying any less bothersome. I am trying not to do it as much but it is an uphill battle.

I heard this song titled, “Worries,” by Langhorne Slim and thought it relevant…

Worries by Langhorne Slim

N atura.

Friday, March 25th, 2011


N atura., originally uploaded by caotica_utopica.

Oh, isn’t it so true?

Goonies Never Say Die!

Monday, March 21st, 2011

We decided to take an organic road trip this weekend, to drive and end up where we end up. So, we drove towards the coast (Washington State coast) and first stopped on Raymond, a small town in south west Washington — the place where Nirvana played their very first gig. It is a small town with quaint little buildings and an interesting history. We saw the historic post office, a nice little tree based playground and I had to see the library, of course.

The US Post Office--Raymond Main was listed on 1991-05-30 and is located in Pacific county

 

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Bound

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Bound.jpg

We are all of us bound to something, some one… many things. No matter how far away, we still feel the never ending pull. We try to mask it with white noise, with others, with go, go, go but still there is no severing some ties. We are bound to those we shared a little too much of ourselves with even if we try to pretend otherwise. We are bound to ourselves, even the darkest meanest self-critic within. We are bound to our pasts like rotting roots waiting to crawl through us and petrify all that is good, all we have overcome. We are bound to our sadness, to our will, to our weakened or refreshed strength. We are bound to the strangers around us. We are bound to the person starving or crying or celebrating millions of miles away, the one we may never meet. We are bound to the buildings with the paint chipping off and the glass towers built to last forever. We are bound to the oiled birds of the Gulf Coast. We are bound to the missing in Japan. We are bound to the fabric woven throughout humanity to all its imperfections and to all its beauty. We are bound to everything, and I am bound to you.

Bound to you by Christina Aguilera (from the Burlesque Soundtrack)

Stretch Your Mind

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Stretch Your Mind., originally uploaded by jujubflower.

“A mind stretched to a new idea will never return to it’s original dimensions.” Oliver Wendell Holmes

You cannot un-know things or truths or people. Every one, every thing leaves a trace of themselves, itself on you. Some take limbs. =/ And you are never the same. What if I were to remove just one rubber band in the ball of my life? What if we could do a specific memory scrub like “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”? Remove just one person…one horrible event… a series of them… Would you do it?

I think I would. I really think I would.

Birds of Sadness

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Shadow of sadness with birds of life., originally uploaded by min51.

“You cannot prevent the birds of sadness from passing over your head, but you can prevent their making a nest in your hair.”

— Chinese Proverb

I suppose this is sound advice but isn’t it necessary to allow them to land amongst us and keep us a company awhile, every now and then?

Don’t You Remember by Adele

To all the women I know…

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Happy International Women’s Day!!!


Equal access to education,

training and science and technology:

Pathway to decent work for women

Read more here. Or here. Or here. Or here. Or here.

Month of Growth (take 2)

Monday, March 7th, 2011

 

In October of 2010, some 5 months ago, I started to make the commitment to myself for a month—and failed. =/ Oops. Well, no reason to beat myself up over it. I will just begin again…on the day before International Women’s Day…

On my to-do-list, I expressed my desire to do a few things every day for 30 days in attempts to start some feel-good habits. I want to journal, to meditate and to take a photo every day for 30 days straight. I also want to take vitamins everyday as well. So I will throw that in. I will share with you my progress as I attempt this again.
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International Women’s Day 2011 (tomorrow)

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Tomorrow, March 8th, is International Women’s Day. Do you know what the International Women’s Day is and why it is celebrated and recognized? Please read on and find out…

From the International Women’s Day website,

International Women’s Day has been observed since in the early 1900’s, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.

1908
Great unrest and critical debate was occurring amongst women. Women’s oppression and inequality was spurring women to become more vocal and active in campaigning for change. Then in 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights.

1909
In accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, the first National Woman’s Day (NWD) was observed across the United States on 28 February. Women continued to celebrate NWD on the last Sunday of February until 1913.

1910
In 1910 a second International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. A woman named a Clara Zetkin (Leader of the ‘Women’s Office’ for the Social Democratic Party in Germany) tabled the idea of an International Women’s Day. She proposed that every year in every country there should be a celebration on the same day – a Women’s Day – to press for their demands. The conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, representing unions, socialist parties, working women’s clubs, and including the first three women elected to the Finnish parliament, greeted Zetkin’s suggestion with unanimous approval and thus International Women’s Day was the result.

1911
Following the decision agreed at Copenhagen in 1911, International Women’s Day (IWD) was honoured the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on 19 March. More than one million women and men attended IWD rallies campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination. However less than a week later on 25 March, the tragic ‘Triangle Fire’ in New York City took the lives of more than 140 working women, most of them Italian and Jewish immigrants. This disastrous event drew significant attention to working conditions and labour legislation in the United States that became a focus of subsequent International Women’s Day events. 1911 also saw women’s ‘Bread and Roses’ campaign.

1913-1914
On the eve of World War I campaigning for peace, Russian women observed their first International Women’s Day on the last Sunday in February 1913. In 1913 following discussions, International Women’s Day was transferred to 8 March and this day has remained the global date for International Wommen’s Day ever since. In 1914 further women across Europe held rallies to campaign against the war and to express women’s solidarity.

1917
On the last Sunday of February, Russian women began a strike for “bread and peace” in response to the death over 2 million Russian soldiers in war. Opposed by political leaders the women continued to strike until four days later the Czar was forced to abdicate and the provisional Government granted women the right to vote. The date the women’s strike commenced was Sunday 23 February on the Julian calendar then in use in Russia. This day on the Gregorian calendar in use elsewhere was 8 March.

1918 – 1999
Since its birth in the socialist movement, International Women’s Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration across developed and developing countries alike. For decades, IWD has grown from strength to strength annually. For many years the United Nations has held an annual IWD conference to coordinate international efforts for women’s rights and participation in social, political and economic processes. 1975 was designated as ‘International Women’s Year’ by the United Nations. Women’s organisations and governments around the world have also observed IWD annually on 8 March by holding large-scale events that honour women’s advancement and while diligently reminding of the continued vigilance and action required to ensure that women’s equality is gained and maintained in all aspects of life.

2000 and beyond
IWD is now an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia. The tradition sees men honouring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc with flowers and small gifts. In some countries IWD has the equivalent status of Mother’s Day where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.

The new millennium has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women’s and society’s thoughts about women’s equality and emancipation. Many from a younger generation feel that ‘all the battles have been won for women’ while many feminists from the 1970’s know only too well the longevity and ingrained complexity of patriarchy. With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increased critical mass of women’s visibility as impressive role models in every aspect of life, one could think that women have gained true equality. The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women’s education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.

However, great improvements have been made. We do have female astronauts and prime ministers, school girls are welcomed into university, women can work and have a family, women have real choices. And so the tone and nature of IWD has, for the past few years, moved from being a reminder about the negatives to a celebration of the positives.

GoogleAnnually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women’s craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more.

Many global corporations have also started to more actively support IWD by running their own internal events and through supporting external ones. For example, on 8 March search engine and media giant Google some years even changes its logo on its global search pages. Year on year IWD is certainly increasing in status. The United States even designates the whole month of March as ‘Women’s History Month’.

So make a difference, think globally and act locally !! Make everyday International Women’s Day. Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding.

The internationalwomensday.com website was created and is managed by Australian entrepreneur and women’s campaigner Glenda Stone as a global hub of IWD events and information.

Ms Stone says “A decade ago International Women’s Day was disappearing. Activity in Europe, where International Women’s Day actually began, was very low. Providing a global online platform helped sustain and accelerate momentum for this important day. Holding only a handful of events ten years ago, the United Kingdom has now become the global leader for International Women’s Day activity, followed sharply by Canada, United States and Australia. 2011 will see thousands of events globally for the first time.”

The theme this year is: “Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women.”

Of the estimated 72 million children who are not in school, girls are the majority.

— Of the 759 million adults who cannot read or write, the vast majority, close to 70 per cent, are
women – a trend that has not improved during the last decade.

— According to the 2010 Millennium Development Goals review there were 96 girls for every 100
boys enrolled in primary school, and 95 girls for every 100 boys enrolled in secondary school in
2008, a sizable increase compared to the 1999 ratios of 91 and 88 per 100 boys.

— Women’s educational attainment does not necessarily translate into improved employment
opportunities. Among the 20-24 year-old population, women continue to lag behind men in
labour force participation in all regions.

— When girls are able to obtain a secondary education, a country’s economy growth improves
through women’s increased labor force participation, productivity and earnings. It has been found
that when an educated girl earns an income, she reinvests 90 per cent of it in her family,
compared to boys who devote 35 per cent of their income to their families.

— Every year, approximately 10 million teenage girls marry – the majority of them without
completing secondary education. Adolescent girls aged 15-19 who give birth (approximately 16
million) to a child account for more than 10 per cent of all births worldwide annually. Adolescent
mothers experience much higher rates of maternal mortality and morbidity that older women.
At least 2.5 million adolescent pregnancies each year lead to unsafe abortions

Learn more at the following websites:

International Women’s Day
http://www.internationalwomensday.com/default.asp

United Nations – International Women’s Day
http://www.un.org/womenwatch/feature/iwd/