Recommended Reading: Pandemic Installment: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer

I'd already started reading Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer before the Covid-19 stuff really took off and a pandemic was declared. Once everything started spiraling, Braiding Sweetgrass became my touchstone, my comfort, my tether in this unraveling world. It was already everything I needed in … Continue reading Recommended Reading: Pandemic Installment: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Recommended Reading: (H)afrocentric by Juliana “Jewels” Smith

My local library is small and a bit sad, with lots of empty shelves. But I looked around anyway, and while I couldn't find many novels of interest to me, I did pick up this Volume 1-4 collection of (H)afrocentric comics by Juliana "Jewels" Smith, illustrated by Ronald Nelson, out from PM Press. I sure … Continue reading Recommended Reading: (H)afrocentric by Juliana “Jewels” Smith

Recommended Reading: Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

I'm as guilty as the next person of judging books by their covers and assuming I know what certain genres and sub-genres are and aren't, and which aren't for me. Had I not been gifted this novel, I never would have read it, despite knowing it won the Hugo AND Nebula awards. War, space ships, … Continue reading Recommended Reading: Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

Recommended Reading: Circe by Madeline Miller

What has patriarchy done for us lately? Or ever? It's assumed by many that patriarchy benefits men at the expense of women, but feminists have long pointed out that patriarchy harms EVERYBODY, men included. As a feminist, I have a vested interest in telling truer versions of popular myths, and Madeline Miller's Circe does exactly … Continue reading Recommended Reading: Circe by Madeline Miller

Recommended Reading: The Body Is Not An Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love by Sonya Renee Taylor

Sometimes you read ideas that change how you see everything. It's like another veil of lies has been lifted, and you see the world and yourself a little more clearly than you had moments before. Reading Sonya Renee Taylor's The Body is Not An Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love was an on-going AHA moment … Continue reading Recommended Reading: The Body Is Not An Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love by Sonya Renee Taylor

Recommended Reading: Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown

Friends, it's been too long since I've posted! In Minnesota, winter lasts from October-April, so my apologies! I've been reading a lot and have so much to share! Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds by adrienne maree brown! Get it! Read it! Live it! I've been heavily invested in new, liberation models for storytelling, and … Continue reading Recommended Reading: Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown

Recommended Reading: Dream Country by Shannon Gibney

I first met Shannon Gibney this summer when I took my sibling to Shannon's talk about representation in stories. Due to the other people present, it wasn't quite what was expected, but Shannon was wonderful and we got copies of See No Color and A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, which I … Continue reading Recommended Reading: Dream Country by Shannon Gibney

Recommended Viewing: The Punk Singer: “All girls to the front. I’m not kidding. All girls to the front! All boys be cool for once in your lives. Go back. Back. Back. Back.”

I didn't have access to or knowledge about the Riot Grrls when I was a teenager. I missed it all, instead just having Courtney Love and Hole, which you can pry out of my cold, dead hands, regardless of the ass Love can be. A couple years ago, I watched The Punk Singer on Netflix, … Continue reading Recommended Viewing: The Punk Singer: “All girls to the front. I’m not kidding. All girls to the front! All boys be cool for once in your lives. Go back. Back. Back. Back.”

Recommended Listening/Viewing/Reading: Janelle Monáe is EVERYTHING

Janelle Monáe. Janelle Monáe. Janelle Monáe! I'm all about PROJECT Q.U.E.E.N. Janelle Monáe is the hera I've needed my whole life. The songs and videos exist to be read. She speaks up and out, for all of us. I love her so much. I like this list of her videos on youtube. And yes, "Make … Continue reading Recommended Listening/Viewing/Reading: Janelle Monáe is EVERYTHING

It Takes a (Global) Village: My Friend Needs Help!

My very dear friend Linne needs to raise money to rebuild her home after a fire since her insurance company both won't cover everything and won't cover anything if she can't cover the gap soon. It's all turned into a nightmare. Linne has always graciously and with love provided her space and time for all … Continue reading It Takes a (Global) Village: My Friend Needs Help!