Friday, December 2, 2011


Yesterday was a great day filled with many women and many things to embrace. A friend joked that my blog post was shorter than any of my tweets for the day. I was busy as a volunteer and was challenged while working to make
those TED connections but the overall message was about partnerships, mentorships and communication.  TEDxWomen was also about interesting women doing interesting things and being influenced by their mothers and grandmothers to do and take risks no matter what-even if it's the hard way.

I participated in a talkback or break out session and learned more about Domestic Violence that I ever had in the past as this is a subject that, like many others, don’t want to hear about or put on the table. Chrysalis CEO Patricia Klahr was amazing.  In a time of trouble for non profits, I can see why Chrystalis is doing so well and it has a lot to do with the dynamic speaking of it’s CEO. She was the first to talk about the importance of mentorship and volunteerism.  Verizon is a big supporter as this is one of the causes the corporation supports.  Facts that came to light was that one in three women are touched by domestic abuse and that Arizona is number 2 of the fifty states of deaths due to domestic violence and that Scottsdale is the highest in the nation.  In recognizing that domestic abuse is more than physical, the Chrystalis shelter is also progressive in that the new facility is now taking in male victims, where Patricia says that both sexes find strength through each other in the program.  Many questions focused on symptoms or signs and it was more about the idea that we need to reach out to those we think may be in trouble and say something.

I felt so lucky yesterday to be where I am in time and space (2011 America). After hearing female journalists Shahira Amin and Gayle Tzemach Lemmon.  THey talked and featured stories of lady entrepreneurs and those stepping out into polictics-odd that women are half the population yet the numbers in business and government do not reflect this. The talks also reminded me of a conversation ten years ago where earlier female artists couldn’t understand why my generation in not wanting to be identified as feminist -that I was seeing myself not as a woman but as an artist, but to me that is progress.

Another message that ran through was the idea of girls and women learning how to advocate for themselves and to teach girls how to recognize healthy relationships. This idea which seems to be something that can happen at any point in our lives.  Jane Fonda also moderated a panel titled ReBirth and it was educational and inspirational to think about what the third act in life means-to keep moving, learning and staying active.  One fact thrown out is that we are living almost 30 years longer than her great-great-grandparents and we should take that information and start asking what does that mean.

The last panel theme of ReImagine was the reason why I volunteered in the first place.  I heard from two ladies from HomeGirl Cafe who demonstrated that with resilience anyone can change their life around.  I saw the three winners of the google science fair that all happened to be female.  I heard from Shamila Kohestani, a woman who craved education and a chance to move and in so doing became the captain of the first women’s Afgahn National Soccer Team.
If today is any indication of what's to come the future looks very promising I'm very optimistic. _______________________ _________________________________

Thursday, December 1, 2011

TEDx Women

All day its been very interesting. Checkout the tweets _______________________ _________________________________

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

#30 Day PhotoChallenge--Remember November last of the trilogy

I have fallen in love with my new camera-the IPhone4S.  It’s taken me into the 21st century and the pictures I am able to document are unbelievable.
So here goes the rundown:
Had a night in the PJs again with my homemade stew and a little bourbon and coke
Went to trivia and hit up the taco truck before Thanksgiving but the truck ran outta food
Thanksgiving at Scott’s aka @InkGigolo with @LadyDucayne mole new fav for T-dinner
Sat with my fav coworker at the end of Black Friday on the patios in Awesometown
started the day with brunch that made me homesick for Savannah
I got a tree
Had a dark day and so featured Bo not Beau-short for Boeing
Came home to a wonderful sunset and a beautiful winter night _______________________ _________________________________

Monday, November 28, 2011

Homesick Breakfast

I always hated it when a certain someone would say home is where you hang your hat but 
sometimes I CAN relate.  --this weekend I headed out to do my usual "row the boat" and we had the typical fallout of someone flaking and outta town and another who forgot since their phone was outta order.  Fellow rowing club member thought we should just blame it on her baby-"doing baby things".
Since we were shy the number we needed to row, good friend and myself sent the rest of the group out on the water and we went to breakfast.
Joni's in Marina del Rey is right down from the boat launch/Mother’s Beach and it always reminds me of Savannah and Clary’s.  Both places have a bunch of locals and eclectics as well as tourists and it seems that I always know or run into someone there.  The coffee is great and the food is good-my favorite plate  at Joni’s is the egg sandwich or the berries and waffles where as at Clary’s, I seem to go for the stuffed french toast or eggs toast and bacon. That being said it’s about the people and the magic that is there that brings it all together to become a vortex for a salon type gathering of creatives.  It never fails that when I go to Joni’s it makes me want to be back in Savannah and have an ice tea to go in a styrofoam cup that lasts all afternoon!
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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving Traditions

Soooo here is MY tradition. I created it myself a few years ago. I recall once that my cousin told me her first Thanksgiving from home was awful. She told me you really miss your family and it's rough.  But, after a couple of memorable Thanksgivings where I busted a hump to get home, not sleep in my bed and see my parents stress and get into an argument one year over potatoes, I decided it really wasn't worth it for one meal together.  Now I cherish the time I'm with people all year long and often I spend most of Thanksgiving alone.

I get many invitations to people's dinners since they are aware that I don't have family here and they want to share the holiday.  Great! but give me the morning-where I now I have tea with milk and scones with clotted cream and jam.  I sit in my pj's and enjoy the tea and watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

I've watched the parade since I was a kid.  Mom didn't realize til last night I always loved it since it gave me a pulse and preview of what was on Broadway.  Between that and the Radio City Rockettes it really sums up what and where I wanted to be when I grew up.  Although I haven't made it New York- to live and work that is- I still love to bring the childhood and adult tradition together. _______________________ _________________________________