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 Reading: A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota

If you live in Minnesota, you need to read A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota Edited by Sun Yung Shin. If you don't live in Minnesota, you still need to read it. It's way past time people started listening to OTHER PEOPLE DESCRIBE THEMSELVES. This country has gone on too long letting … Continue reading Recommended Reading: A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota

Recommended Reading: Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith

I saw Danez Smith perform Waiting On You To Die So I Can Be Myself on facebook, and that sealed it: I requested off work so I could go to their reading at the Northfield Public Library last night. I'd seen and read a few other poems that also resonated with me, and I went … Continue reading Recommended Reading: Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith

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