On White Privilege and Taking Sides

This captures the horror of racism and the shame of white privilege.

Jena Schwartz

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I do not want to hide behind whiteness or succumb to numbness. So I am going to tell you a story — a story of white privilege. My own.

“Castile is at least the 506th person shot and killed by police so far in 2016, according to a Washington Post database that tracks such shootings.” :: read more  

These are people’s LIVES. Not hashtags, not statistics. LIVES. The insanity of sanctioned racism and murder has got to stop. This would never have gone down this way if he, Philando Castile, his girlfriend (who was HANDCUFFED while police “sorted things out” — this after she watched her boyfriend die of four gunshot wounds), and her four-year-old daughter had been white. If you don’t believe me, you are part of the problem.

A few weeks ago, I got pulled…

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Moving to a New Website

I have been persuaded to move to a new, professionally designed website, and it has turned out to be quite lovely. Please come visit the new site!

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I’m excited about what the web designer has done; now I have to learn how to use the website more fluently. Most of my posts here have been moved over to the new site, and I’m putting in links where appropriate. I’ll keep any reblogged or seasonal posts on this site, and I’ll probably leave it up for at least a year.

The new site will focus more on travels and books; this is where my attention will be for the next few years. If there’s anything in particular you’d like to see a post about (travel, women’s issues, health and wellness), please let me know. I hope I have your permission to carry over your “follow” information to the new site. If not, please let me know.

Thank you for reading my ramblings for the past few years. Hope you enjoy the renewed and reinvigorated musings as much as – or more than – before.

The first blog post on the new site is about travel – solo or with a group?

I hope I have your permission to carry over your “follow” email to the new site. If not, please let me know. I still have to work on doing that.

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Quiet spring meditation in the woods

This reminded me so much of my childhood in Michigan, I just wanted to reblog it on my site. Thanks, LSS.

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It sometimes takes a long time–a truly long time–maybe even years, or decades, or a lifetime–for one to learn how to truly become quiet in the woods.

So quiet, so still, that there is no difference between you and the landscape, between you and nature.

Until you realize fully that you are nature itself in your stillness, in your activity, in your very essence.

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New Year’s Greetings, 2016

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Looking forward to a new year in 1916, which I hope holds more promise for Peace on Earth than 2015!

For me, last year was a difficult one, and not as productive as I had hoped it would be—for many reasons, including illness, preoccupation with selling properties, getting finances in order, and too many social obligations. This year I plan to cut social obligations in half and double the amount of time spent on projects that I want and need to accomplish.

So what are the projects for the coming year? First and foremost, I intend to find a home for a book I’ve been working on for five years now. Its tentative title is Body Wisdom, Body Care, a book about how the body works, how you can best care for it, and how to interface with our increasingly complex health-care system. As a biomedical scientist who taught and did research for over three decades, I was inspired to write this book by family and friends who frequently asked me questions because they didn’t understand something about their health or their medicines or their doctor’s advice. The book is intended for laypeople who want to do the best they can to promote their own physical well-being and longevity.

Other projects on the agenda include promoting other books I’ve written. I’ve slacked off on marketing—partly because I’ve been so busy and partly because I’m not particularly good at promoting myself. But I’ve got to get over that! This will be the year I learn how to market.

Also, I’m pulling together some short fiction for a self-published book on the foibles of science and laboratories. Hope to have that out by late summer. Otherwise, there’s a lifetime of books and photos and mementos and miscellaneous literary efforts to sort through and organize, give away, or discard. That will be the hardest task, and the one I’ll probably put off the longest.

Here’s wishing everyone out there reading this a happy and fruitful year in 2016. My hopes and best wishes go with you!

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Surviving a coat hanger abortion doesn’t get you sympathy it gets you arrested

And we all thought these horror stories were in the past. This is the terrible double-bind women are in when they are fertile and sexually active. Even birth-control isn’t always effective. My heart goes out to this woman. And my anger at the authorities AND her “boyfriend” knows no bounds. See also, http://solowomenathomeandabroad.blogspot.com/2011_04_01_archive.html

Dr. Jen Gunter

The last few days I have had a lot of hits on an older post, Anatomy of a Coat Hanger Abortion.  From time to time older posts resurface in searches due to a relevant news story. So yes, you know where this is sadly going.

A woman in Tennessee tried to terminate her pregnancy with a coat hanger. She was apparently around 24 weeks gestation. When she started bleeding profusely, an expected complication of thrusting a sharp object blindly into the vagina, she called her boyfriend and ended up in a hospital.

The reports are unclear as to whether she went into labor or was delivered for medical reasons as a result of the home instrumentation (the timeline between her attempt at abortion and delivery isn’t mentioned that I can find), but the local news media reported that the infant weight 1.5 lbs and required intensive care. There is…

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Thanks and Love to the Men who have Broken my Heart

 

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Humans are hardwired to survive heartbreak

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On Being a Woman: Female Scientist

 

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“Woman teaching geometry”

Illustration at the beginning of a medieval translation of Euclid’s Elements (c. 1310 AD)

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