Top Ten Thoughts for Living Lighter on the Earth

  Happy Earth Day! And a reminder that Earth Day should be EVERY DAY! As (vegan) cheesy as that might sound, one day a year to celebrate/protect/think about the environment is just not going to cut it. Not even close. Following up on the “Top Ten” lists I promised to start posting regularly, I decided to post the […]

Untold Testimony: #1389 at Our Hen House

Morning, readers! At the end of last summer, I went to a number of “livestock” auctions where animals were being auctioned off by the pound for “meat”. I wrote about this experience here on the blog when I had had a little more distance from this one particular auction. But the morning after I attended a “cull market” […]

Academic Writing and Scholar-Activism

Posts have been a bit more infrequent than usual here on the blog because I’ve been writing up a storm in the world of academics and, quite frankly, I’m pooped! Last week I spent intensively working on getting a draft of the paper for my talk this year at the annual geographer’s conference (AAG). Another project I’m […]

Having Children, Having a Career…Having it All (Part 3)

To continue the childrearing series, I wanted to think through the subject of how women having children and having a career fit together. If you missed Part 1 and Part two, hop on over and read them and I’d love your comments/thoughts/reactions. There have been a flurry of articles lately claiming that women can’t ‘have it all’ (or […]

Rethinking “Rescue”?

“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” –Lilla Watson, Australian Aboriginal artist/activist I saw this quote posted by a friend on Facebook this morning and it really resonated with me. I’ve […]

Raising Children and Animal Activism (Part Two)

Continuing the conversation about the choice to have children from Part One, I wanted to write a post specifically about having children and animal activism. I was at a NARN (Northwest Animal Rights Network) meeting this weekend and one of the speakers asked us to remember that we can all make an effort to be […]

Thoughts on Marriage & Childrearing (Part One)

When I was growing up, I always thought that someday I would get married and have kids. That’s what most people around me thought because that’s the dominant discourse we are exposed to—we grow up, go to college, get married, buy a house, have a child or two, raise them, send them to college and perpetuate the cycle. This is familiar, of […]

Help to End Child Slavery

Chocolate is a luxury many of us enjoy quite a lot. For years, I’ve been making a concerted effort to buy ‘Fair Trade Certified’ chocolate, coffee, tea and sugar with the aim of ensuring that producers around the world get a fair wage for the products they grow. Thus, you can imagine my horror when […]

Holiday Gift Giving

Since I moved to Seattle and in with Eric, Christmas (and the winter holidays generally) have become fairly non-event kind of events. For one, Eric was raised Jewish and so doesn’t have an attachment to Christmas (or Hannukah, really, for that matter). I grew up celebrating Christmas and we decorated a tree every year and it […]