|Seeds : My Son the Artist
Hey you guys,
This is one of my favorite blog posts so far...
Peace and love,
Found this today. It hits home something I've been thinking about for a while...Hit the Overcoming Bias line above to get to the link.
Biases of Elite Education
"From a thoughtful essay by William Deresiewicz:
My experience confirms all of this. The sort of risk-taking, soul-searching, and success-sacrifice that is required for (but hardly guarantees) truly great intellectual achievement is not much rewarded in our current elite education system."
What do you think?
|On the Court and on the Trail, One Aide Looms Over Obama - NYTimes.com
Maybe I love this post because I was an assistant to a superstar once and know what it feels like.
Maybe I love this piece because I'm really glad Barack exercises and doesn't watch CNN.
Maybe I love it because his aide is dark-skinned and that, in itself, even though many would deny it, means something.
Maybe I love it because I so get the relationship between Michelle and Love.
Maybe I love it because I can't believe 200,000 people showed up in Berlin and that actually means something.
Maybe I love it because it's six in the morning and I'm exhausted and it's a feel-good piece that made me feel good.
|Obama Berlin Speech: See Video, Photos, Full Speech Transcript
So inspiring-great to see it full video. xo
|Let's Talk | BlogHer
My guy just hipped me to Michelle Obama's blog. I love it on so many levels. Her big, warm heart, and also her smart as hell savvy.
As some Hillary supporters consider McCain (something that boggles, especially after hearing Phil Gramm not only called us all whiners, but deregulated the oil and mortgage industries)--Michelle takes her message straight to that demographic without bitterness or rancor.
Just words of acknowledgment from one working mom to millions of others.
Check it out, and take note of the power of her partnership with Obama. It's moving mountains.
|Rebecca Walker Explains Rift With Mother, Alice : NPR
Hey beautiful people--here's a recent interview about the Mail, et al.
Let me know what you think.
Quick post to let my stylistas out there know that if you're a MUJI addict, you've got company.
It's ridiculous. When I was in London, the store was down the street from the flat, and by the time I left all the salespeople knew me by name. Every time I went in, there was some crazy beautiful, crazy simple thing I fell in love with.
A Muji hair band and set of barrettes? A cut to size raincoat, a little plastic case for my rebecca walker cards, a little black bag for the plane, an insanely fantastic plastic juice jug?
This gorgeous dish scraper?
All of these items became absolutely necessary. I couldn't figure out how I had lived so long without them.
So if you're and old Mujirer or a new one--I feel your pain. And so do lots of others.
I'd love to know your favorite item.
July 4th--Independence Day
1. a trite, stereotyped expression; a sentence or phrase, usually expressing a popular or common thought or idea, that has lost originality, ingenuity, and impact by long overuse, as sadder but wiser, or strong as an ox.
2. (in art, literature, drama, etc.) a trite or hackneyed plot, character development, use of color, musical expression, etc.
3. anything that has become trite or commonplace through overuse.
Of late, I have received a number of responses about the Daily Mail article. I'm always open to dialogue about it, but in all honesty I've been dismayed by the heavily cliched commentary. There is the cliche of the confused, tragic mulatto; the cliche of the ungrateful daughter; the cliche of the out of touch Ivy Leaguer; the cliche of the confused bisexual; the cliche of the wounded child who can't move on; the cliche of the anti-feminist agitator, and so on.
I'm amazed that a person can hold these cliches and read my work, only to still see the world through these cliches when they are finished. These readers apparently bring no openness outside of their own personal ideology to the experience of my writing. Then, they say that I am the one who should break out of the self-centered, narrowness of my views!
I want to take a moment to acknowledge the people with original thought --for and against me-- for their ability to contribute something unique and purposeful in an ongoing dialogue about the world in which we live.
We need you.
|The Girl Effect - Home
Big shout to Pip for sending me this incredibly lovely site that puts you right in the middle of what appears to be an incredibly lovely and powerful and revolutionary organization.
After I watched the clip, my fingers forced me to press as many donate buttons as I could.
|Seeds : The Political Mama: Five Questions for HRC
Hey! Here's my root blog for the day--my favorite response so far:
"Your CNNPolitics.com commentary (Best Woman for the Job Could be a Man) was spot on. It was one of the best comments on the Democratic Primary that I have read or heard. It's too bad that many of the folks who wrote in think you are a feminist Obama apologist. I think that a huge part of Clinton's problem is that her politics are a generation too old. It is a politics of division (women versus men). Obama offers a vision of women and men working together. Second, old school feminism continues to ignore its own internal racism. It is very middle class and college educated. One does not hear much from or about lower income, less educated, or women of color.
All of this came out in the comments by baby boom feminists against you and Obama. Your article (like Obama's rhetoric) publicly credits Clinton for her huge accomplishment. You articulate a post-gender feminism of inclusion that the baby boom feminists -who are divisive- attack as apologist. They lost because people who are different are into working together instead of apart. Rather than consider your on time observations, those pro-Clinton, anti-Obama, pro-McCain feminists choose to cling to the 20th Century and attack you. Remember the angry white male? America, don't be confused. The angry white female finally came out of the closet!"
Here's the strangest and most disturbing:
"i have no idea who you are and i wager most americans haven't a clue either, i do know that men and women, gays and straights, transgenders, all colors, all economic backgrounds have voted...18 million of them for a woman. they did not vote for a guy who made it a prime point to tell everyone he was black.
if this interloper had come on with experience and truth that he could actually bring people together maybe we would care for him. he has divided families, races, friends, communities. his followers act as thugs all over the country. they seek to deny delegates for hillary their place at the convention. they are abusive if you say you will not vote for obama. i have spoken to hundreds in dozens of states and have heard the horror story of the obama vols as they threatened any who opposed obama. this man is scary and we definitely do not want him as president. he offers ice in the winter. he can't keep a promise, he has an inordinate capacity for disloyalty. he is a control freak. one has only to research and learn how he denied any opposition to his personal appearances across the country. very nazi like. now, after selling his brand of snake oil to gain his position he is now changing it pell mell.
change? obama puts forth change that will be injurious to the people of this country. he is to be avoided. thus, as a core democrat, i will vote for a republican for the first time in my life."
I'd love to hear your thoughts, here or on theroot.com.
|In Italy, At Least, Black is Beautiful | Views | TheRoot.com
Big shout of love to Veronica Chambers for covering a beat us chocolate fashionistas rate high on our list of importance. We know there isn't anything frivolous about clothes or beauty. Status is shaped by ideas about beauty, the fashion and beauty industries are billions of dollars strong, and as Audre Lorde wrote, poetry is not a luxury because the human soul needs beauty and emotion and creative expression. Fashion and beautiful, luscious things that deliver sensuality and facilitate personal style, inspire, heal, and sometimes, on the difficult days, make all the difference.
This has nothing to do with how much money you have--sometimes couture is shaped by the deliberate instincts of people with less money using what they have to speak their style. I don't want to write a whole essay here, but I feel so strongly about this....expression is part of what makes us human. the non-verbal aesthetic allows us to connect and express ourselves through color and line and texture, to speak and be heard without saying word. It's a powerful language, and it's why we've been adorning/dressing ourselves with distinction for thousands of years.