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Journaling for one of my classes; this likely won't be very interesting unless you're into feminist methodological and epistemological questions. Fair warning! ;)   I've now had some time to read through and mentally digest the Hesse-Biber article from her book Feminist Research. This clarified methods and methodology, and I've implemented some of her definitions […]

Most of my journaling for this class has already been posted here, in Collie's Bestiary. However, in perusing the syllabus for this class, I re-read that the journal is supposed to consist, amongst other things, of "any other personal observations or revelations which may occur. Entries might include observations about the community work and her […]

In a fascinating storytelling style, Medicine Story shares the startlingly successful program he and various other Native American elders created to assist incarcerated men. Initially it was just for Native Americans, and included women's circles, but over the years (due to a wide variety of reasons) the men's circles were the only ones that continued, […]

Ending Violent Crime Cheaply & Permanently: A Vision of A Society Free of Violence by Manitonquat (Medicine Story) is an astonishing little book — one I might have had trouble believing if I hadn't already stumbled elsewhere across some of the statistics mentioned. It is self-published as well: surprisingly short but very concise and readable. […]

After reading The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs & Scott Kurashige, I confess my primary reaction was a frustrated, "Why is this not being better shared? Why must we keep re-inventing the wheel?" Upon reflection, I'd guess there must be some serious corporate (or socio-cultural?) interests involved, that […]

This is an astonishingly "chewy" book! I'm impressed, as well as greatly enjoying Plumwood's fascinatingly erudite, logical — and yet, I feel, still thoughtfully spiritual — considerations on ecofeminism. She is, in fact, so logic-oriented that it was initially a bit disconcerting when her writing was also richly metaphorical. It's always a pleasure to discover […]

Being a child of the US, I've only seen online, rather than face-to-face, the types of deeply vicious and misogynistic attacks which Maathai describes: [C]ertain people were jealous and wanted me to be taught a lesson and put in my place. They took pleasure in what they perceived as my comeuppance. The message was clear: […]

There is a phrase that's apparently become popular on Twitter conversations where someone wishes to point out unconscious privilege: they state that the issue under discussion is an FWP, or "First World Problem." Reading Wangari Maathai's Unbowed: A Memoir, I found myself often reflecting with bleak amusement that all the issues I've ever faced — […]

Journaling for the ecofeminism class! :) Regarding how the plans for the yard go, and my place in nature: I've put up two bird feeders — one for hummingbirds and one for seed eaters — out front as I continue to map out what changes and/or additions I intend for the yard. The seed eaters […]

I dedicated most of this week to (amongst other things) catching up on the readings for this class, so I could start on the required reflection paper as soon as possible. Here are the readings to date for all those intellectual sadists who are following along: Chapter 1 of Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber & Patricia Lina […]

Bestiaries depict mythical, moralizing animals, but are also potential allegorical sparks that can bloom into brilliant mental bonfires. My bestiary is this mythologizing animal's fascinated exploration of beauty & meaning in the wonder of existence -- in the hopes of inspiring yet more joyous flares of intellectual passion.

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