Monday, October 29, 2007

Recycle Old CD'S

Here is a great website to check out if you have a lot of old cd's and don't want to toss them out. Visit the CD Recycling Center of America for info on recycling your old cd's.

Old cd's can be mailed to:

The Compact Disc Recycling Center of America
68H Stiles Road
Salem, NH 03079

New Favorite Song: Society by Eddie Vedder


Although I have yet to see the movie Into the Wild, I have really been enjoying the soundtrack by Eddie Vedder. I am a huge Pearl Jam fan and was thrilled to hear about this side project of his. If you've read the book Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, as I have, listening to the cd is amazingly like listening to an audio version of the book. The songs so perfectly capture what we think Chris McCandless was thinking and his reasons for making the choices he did in dropping out of society.

My favorite song by far on the album is called Society, and it has the most beautiful lyrics, written by Jerry Hannan. They include the following, courtesy of Digihitch:


Society, you're a crazy breed.
I hope you're not lonely, without me.

When you want more than you have, you think you need...
and when you think more then you want, your thoughts begin to bleed.
I think I need to find a bigger place...
cause when you have more than you think, you need more space.

There's those thinkin' more or less, less is more,
but if less is more, how you keepin' score?
It means for every point you make, your level drops.
Kinda like you're startin' from the top...
and you can't do that.

I love what this song has to say about anti-consumerism, and how when you end up with more material goods than you need you need more space to think.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Ways to Help Victims of California Wildfires

The L.A. Times offers a great list of how to help the victims of the horrible Southern California wildfires. Check it out here.

Feminist Mom Looking for an Illustrator

I am in the process of creating a series of books for girls 8-12 years old and am looking for an illustrator to partner with. Ideally, I would like a true collaborator and my ideal candidate would be:

-Serious about their art
-Creative, and able to take an idea in process and illustrate it in their own way
-Committed to feminism
-Serious about creating a character geared towards girls and want her to be a positive role model for them
-Self motivated and be able to work on a strict schedule
-A parent

If you or anyone else you know is interested, please email me at: feministmother@gmail.com

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Goodwill Opens Hip New Resale Shop


Like most people, I am trying to make daily efforts to be more environmentally friendly. A few weeks ago, I discovered a great website, Green Daily, and every day I read great ideas about how to reduce the goods I use.

Today they have an interesting link up, especially for those of us in the San Francisco Bay Area. Goodwill is opening up a new line of hip resale shops, called William Good. The first store opens up on November 15th, on Fillmore Street in San Francisco. I personally can't wait!



Via: Green Daily

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A few people have commented to me that when they're viewing this blog, the posts appear at the bottom. For some reason, this has happened for a long time when the blog is viewed in Internet Explorer, and I haven't been able to fix it.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

News Updates for Hillary Clinton


Feminist Moms Recommends: Classic Feminist Books

Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid's Tale

Brownmiller, Susan. In Our Time

Coontz, Stephanie. The Way We Never Were

De Beauvoir, Simone. The Second Sex

Dworkin, Andrea. Pornography: Men Possessing Women

Enloe, Cynthia. Bananas, Beaches & Bases

Findlen, Barbara. Listen Up

Firestone, Shulamith. The Dialectic of Sex

Friedan, Betty. The Feminist Mystique

hooks, bell. From Margin to Center

Lorde, Audre. Sister/Outsider:Essays & Speeches

Morgan, Robin. Sisterhood is Powerful

Morgan, Robin. Sisterhood is Global


Milk: Mothers Imbued with Lactational Karma Webring



Anyone who is currently, or has ever, breastfed their baby is welcome to link to this pro-breastfeeding site, Milk: Mothers Imbued with Lactational Karma. You can put a link on your website with a number of beautiful images to promote breastfeeding and show your support for breastfeeding mothers.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Why I endorse Hillary Clinton

There has been much written about progressives choices in the 2008 Democratic primary, and I would like to add my two cents. I will be voting for Hillary Clinton in the California primary on February 5th. I am thrilled our state moved up our primary to this early date, because it allows voters such as myself to vote for candidates before the field is dramatically narrowed. Although she is far from perfect, much like the rest of us, I have been in admiration of Hillary Clinton for many years now and here are the reasons why I will be voting for her:

1) Most importantly, for the first time there is a viable female pro-choice candidate who has a very good chance at winning not only the nomination, but the general election as well. I relish the chance to be able to tell my grandchildren, who no doubt will be in shock it took so long for a woman to become President, that I voted for her.

2) The only other candidate I would even think about voting for is Barak Obama. While he is a great addition to a party that has been lagging in idealist, exciting candidates, he is far too inexperienced. His claim that he was against the war in Iraq from the beginning does not impress me, even though I am an anti-war voter. It is easy to say you are against the war when you are not in a position to respond to constitutents about your vote. Although Hillary did not do the right thing in giving President Bush the authorization to use force in Iraq, it was a much tougher decision for her as a sitting Senator and I understand that. Obama was not in the Senate at the time, therefore his opinion at the time does not have the same meaning. He has only served a few years as a Senator and has yet to do anything impressive while in office, so he has not paid his dues for the presidency. That being said, I think he would be an excellent Vice President and I hope Hillary picks him if she wins the nomination, although I seriously doubt that would ever happen.

To learn more about Hillary Clinton, visit her website: www.hillaryclinton.com

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Call for Papers on Carework

Call for Papers

Caregiving and Carework: Theory and Practice

Deadline: November 1, 2007

The editorial board is seeking submissions for Vol. 10.1 of the Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering (ARM) to be published in Spring/Summer 2008. The journal will explore the topic of Caregiving and Carework from a variety of perspectives and disciplines. Topics can include (but are not limited to):

*Caregiving as work *Care and Social Power *Care and Economics: Valuing paid and unpaid carework *Carework: Research objectives and findings *Carework and Social Policy:Analysis, activism and advocacy *Caring for Children:Social norms, cultural ideals, feminist discourse, scientific inquiry and expert advice *Framing Carework: Defining the process and practice of care *Mothering and the Politics of Care: Family values, feminism & ethics of care *The Globalization of Care *The Right to Care *Legal questions and solutions *The Work of the Body: Experiences of intimacy and embodiment in caregiving *Writing about care and carework – popular and dissenting discourses *Sharing Care: Progress and resistance to fully-shared parenting for gay, lesbian and heterosexual couples

We welcome submissions from scholars, students, activists, artists, caregivers, careworkers, mothers and others who work or research in this area. We also welcome creative reflections such as poetry, short stories, and artwork on the subject.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Articles should be 15 pages (3750 words). All should be in APA style, WordPerfect or Word and IBM compatible.
Please see our style guide: http://www.yorku.ca/arm/styleguide.html for complete details.

SUBMISSIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY November 1, 2007

** TO SUBMIT WORK ONE MUST BE A MEMBER OF ARM **

Please direct your submissions to:
Association for Research on Mothering
726 Atkinson,
York University
4700
Keele Street
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Phone: 416-736-2100 X60366
Email: arm@yorku.ca

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Writing Contest for Women

The Novelette.com is offering a very interesting writing contest for women. Their call for entries is below...

Professionals, freelancers, bloggers and aspiring writers are invited to submit a 500- to 750-word memoir, essay or story around the theme of becoming a parent -- no matter how it happened. Interpret this any way you want. Submissions will be judged in two categories -- by popular online vote and by our editorial panel of professional writers. Winners in each category will receive a $25 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble -- $50 certificate if one submission wins BOTH!

AND . . . a virtual blue ribbon award from thenovelette.com to post on your website and/or include as part of your email signature.

Check it out @ thenovelette.com/contest.


Monday, October 08, 2007

New International Breasteeding Symbol


Mothering Magazine ran a very interesting contest to find a new international symbol to represent breastfeeding. The goal was to find a universal symbol that was easy to recognize. The winning design is pictured below. While it is a very straightforward and clever picture, what I most like about it is that it was designed by Matt Daigle, stay at home dad and part time designer. He designed this picture in honor of his wife and child. He also generously turned over the rights to the design. Read his interview here.