and non education

if you're thinking of quitting music, don't.

whether its choir or band or anything just don’t. i wanted to quit a while back because i had a horrible, rude teacher. i didn’t though, because the only thing i ever heard from former musicians was that they regretted quitting. and a while back, i heard a little girl say to our teacher that she wanted to take private lessons so she could be as good as the other first chair and I.

so if you’re thinking of quitting, just think about how there may be one day where someone, whether it be a small child or a peer, decides that they’re going to keep going because you inspired them.

keep your head up.

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My experiences as a lesbian mother have been as varied as any mother’s. For me, being part of a small but closely-knit gay and lesbian community in Hawaii has given me a kind of support that few mothers find in the isolation of mainstream American society today.

[…] In late 1976, the handful of lesbians and gay men I knew decided to form a support group. Within a month of our first public announcements, up to thirty people were attending meetings. We have now grown from the original group of six to a non-profit educational organization providing support, services, and social contact to hundreds of lesbians, gay men and bisexual people in Hawaii.

As one of the few mothers active in this organization, I have sometimes found difficulty in attending events for which child care was not provided, or encountered prejudicial attitudes because I chose to bear and raise heterosexually-conceived children. Much more often, though, I have received support and affirmation as a lesbian mother from my community. Recently a lesbian couple told me that observing my parenting has given them hope that they could successfully raise a child, something both want but hadn’t thought they could do as lesbians. I am often acknowledged as a good mom — and when the going gets rough there are some gay and lesbian parents of now-grown children to whom I can turn for advice. I believe my experience and awareness as a lesbian mother enriches this community. My openness about my sexual orientation and the comfortable level of communication I’ve fostered with my children serves as a role model to other lesbian and gay parents.

When, a few months after my son’s birth, I took a part-time job, a gay male friend did child care every week — and usually cooked dinner for us too — for free. He did this not only because he enjoyed my children (they weren’t always enjoyable!) but because he feels it’s important for gentle, caring gay men to be part of children’s lives. (This same man and other gay brothers provided free child care at our annual women’s conference for several years.)

When my daughter was dying of brain tumors in 1980, it was two of my lesbian sisters who came to our home, softly singing and talking and comforting both of us through that last, long night. Later, when the shock wore off and the reality of her death hit me full force, it was lesbian sisters who took me into their homes and hearts, giving me the support and safety I needed to work through my grief, remorse, and pain.

Today, the lesbians and gay men in our community are my son’s friends as well as mine. They play with him, exchange information and ideas with him, and provide him with role models of nurturing, interesting, kind adults who enjoy a cooperative way of life. He is welcome at and enjoys many of our social events, and I see that his participation brings enjoyment and awareness to the non-parents in our community as well. One night at a party a group of gay men included my son in a dice game they were playing, apologetically telling him it would cost him fifty cents, fairly high stakes for a ten-year-old. However, they hadn’t counted on his luck with the roll; by the end of the game, they were all out fifty cents, and he left with a pocketful of change for the weekend!

[…] I do believe that having an openly lesbian mother who feels good about herself and being raised in such a community gives children such as mine a foundation of acceptance for the wide range of human differences with which we are blessed. In addition, these children will exercise an informed freedom of choice which few children raised in today’s repressively heterosexist society enjoy. It’s not all roses, both my son and I have been the subject of a few rude remarks due to my lesbianism. But as my son once said, “That’s a dumb thing to tease anyone about!”

What’s it like, being a lesbian mother? Is it difficult? Is it challenging? Is it fun? YOU BET! I wouldn’t miss any of it!


Karen Anna, “Life as a Lesbian Mother” from We Are Everywhere: Writings By & About Lesbian Parents (1988).

Anna’s author bio:

I live on the island of Maui in Hawaii, where I work as a counselor/advocate for battered women and their children, do free-lance photography, raise my son, tend my plants, and edit a monthly newsletter for the gay/bi/lesbian community.

My photographs have appeared in The Blatant Image, Common Lives/Lesbian Lives, On Our Backs, Yoni, Honolulu Magazine, and Best of Photography Annual 1987. My multi-image slide shows are becoming a legend in their own time.






Official description:

First Language - The Race to Save Cherokee chronicles the efforts of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to preserve and revitalize the Cherokee Language. The native languages of North American indigenous peoples are a vessel of subtle knowledge, folkways, and psychology at the heart of Native identity. Most indigenous languages of North America are critically endangered and many are already extinct. Cherokee is an Iroquoian language with an estimated 12,000 speakers living mainly in Oklahoma and North Carolina.

First Language is a production of the The Language and Life Project at NC State University, produced by Danica Cullinan, Neal Hutcheson, and Walt Wolfram. The film is made available in celebration of Native American Heritage month and will remain online for high-definition, ad-free viewing. The Language and Life Project is a non-profit, public education initiative founded by Walt Wolfram in the 1990s, with an ongoing mission to celebrate and promote an understanding of linguistic and cultural diversity.

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On Tuesday, more than 128 million people voted for our next president. Nearly half were elated with the results: a Donald Trump victory.

Though he failed to win the popular vote, Trump won 29 states (as of this writing; still waiting on Arizona and New Hampshire) and prevailed in key battleground states, including Ohio, Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Exit polls show that a majority of white people — spanning all age ranges — voted for Trump. Non-college-educated white people especially loved him. And though it’s true that his support was overwhelmingly white — the majority of people of color voted for Clinton, according to CNN’s survey — there’s a striking caveat: Twenty-nine percent of Asians and Latinos and 8 percent of black people voted for Trump.

But 69 million people chose someone else. Many were turned off by the business mogul, who once described Mexican immigrants as rapists, called for the deportation of Syrian refugees, advocated banning all Muslim immigrants, touted the benefits of the unconstitutional stop-and-frisk program and had once been sued by the Justice Department and accused of housing discrimination.

It made for a contentious and fraught campaign. Early on Election Day, we asked our readers and listeners to tell us what they thought about the future of race relations in the U.S.

“I’m scared for myself, my children, and my family,” wrote Fallon Banks, a black woman whose father is an immigrant from Cape Verde. “I’m scared that folks are going to pretend that this election is about social stratification, when it is clearly about protecting white supremacy.”

Many of the responses we got — nearly all of them, in fact — looked like that. They centered on the fear, dread and resignation that some Americans are feeling. The vote totals present two very different outlooks inspired by the president-elect. Here are some perspectives, most from the America that had hoped for something else.

The Outlook On Race After Trump Victory: Fear, Resignation And Deja Vu

Photo: Yana Paskova for NPR

Some facts:

72% of non-college educated white men voted for Trump.

54% of college educated white men votes for Trump.

64% of non-college educated white women voted for Trump (whereas only 3% of non-college educated black women voted for Trump.)

45% of college educated white women voted for Trump.

So, yeah. This is your reminder that it’s not just “uneducated” people that voted Trump into power. White people did. Educate white men and women made this happen right along side the “uneducated” people. You can stop your ableist and deflective claims that somehow “”“rednecks”“” are responsible.

A very delayed Fashion Challenge request from @asidian!

Character: Shallan
Item: Fingerless Gloves

This was fun for obvious reasons, and I have this feeling Kaladin is the type to try to protect her honor in a somewhat grouchy, flustered way. Bless his blushing heart. <3

Not that Shallan would wear gloves (yet) but I can’t help but hope the safehand modesty, male education, female non-participation in war, and other gendered boxes continue to get challenged in the series. I have a feeling Jasnah will definitely come through. :)

Shout out to black women for having treated this election with the seriousness it deserved and for - as always - coming through and leading by example.

 93% of all black women voted for Clinton, 93%. Not cause she was their ideal candidate (FAR from it, won’t even go into the legitimate grievances of the Black Community with this woman) but because they realized what was at stake and they stood up tall against Trump. Thank you Ladies.

In comparison - and before I get hit with a wave of “BUT NOT ALL…” inbox contributions, this is a fact statement - 64% of non-college educated and only 51% of college educated white women (Fifty - One - Percent) voted for Clinton who’s…you know, a college educated white woman.  

A cute photo of my smiling friend, Ed the turkey vulture.

Ed lives as a non-releasable education bird at the nature center where I volunteer. He is my favorite bird, as he is always curious and interested in whats going on! He sometimes picks individual volunteers to attack relentlessly, however, he chose me as one of his friends.

He enjoys neck scratches and snacks.


Once again, for those who didn’t know my stance on such things:

“Reasonable discourse takes two parties though. If one isn’t engaging on the same level, then the point is moot.

I respect pacifists and conscientious objectors (I come from a family of the latter) but there comes a point where reasonable discourse must give way to active resistance, be it violent or non violent.

Discourse and education are vital but cannot be deployed in all contexts.”


Charlamagne Kindly Got Tomi Lahren’s Ass Together

“If you go to a HIV/AIDS rally and the protest is about HIV/AIDS, do you Tomi stand there and say ‘What about Cancer’?” 

Now when I first heard Charlamagne had a debate with this bleached blonde dumbass (no that’s not a stereotype she has proven that she is slow) I was giving major side eye. The first thing that ran across my mind was, “who volunteered him as negro tribute?” but once I sat down and listened I was blown away. 

He kept his composure the entire time. Never once raised his voice, called her out her name, or threatened her; which is something I could not have done. He brought up great points, offered sound rebuttals, AND educated her ass all at the same time. This is a side to him many people have not seen. He is not only funny but a very intelligent black man and he represented our community as a whole very well. Now whether the message made impact is another story because it seems like Tomi didn’t hear a thing.

Her major argument was basically that Beyonce shouldn’t even be allowed to speak about the injustice in the slaughter of black people in this country because her husband used to sell drugs. HUH???? excuse me, but what the fuck does that have to do with anything!? The point she was trying to make was that it’s not ok for black people to pick and choose what to be mad about, and that we should be focused on the drug and violence issues in our community. Charlamagne shut her ass down with this perfect analogy, "If you go to a HIV/AIDS rally and the protest is about HIV/AIDS, do you Tomi stand there and say ‘What about Cancer’?”.

Another one of her arguments was that the “black lives matter” movement is violent. Citing the incidents of violence a SELECT FEW used during the protests. But these comments came directly after she said it wasn’t ok to label all police offers as corrupt murderers. Pardon me?? I can’t even take her seriously. She is a walking contradiction.

Her arrogant ass just doesn’t get it. She is still hooting and hollering that the black panthers were a terrorist organization and as a 23 year old woman she should be ashamed. This is a direct reflection of the failures in our education system and it is really disheartening. I don’t think they’ll ever truly get it.

This is a must watch. Thank you Charlemagne for a great debate and putting on for us!