Leelah Alcorn

This is a reposted article from Yahoo News…I know I know, not the best of online news but very poignant. I will be blogging no this a lot when I get my thoughts together.

http://news.yahoo.com/transgender-teen-leelah-alcorn-commits-suicide–leaves-behind-suicide-note—my-death-needs-to-mean-something-234758770.html

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#BringBackOurGirls

Three weeks ago, 234 girls were kidnapped by an extremist group in Nigeria with the intent to sell the girls into slavery. Why should this be important to us? History tells us where hate is allowed to foster, it can easily spread. THe girls in Nigeria arent just 234 girls in an isolated situation. There are millions of girls worldwide affected by extremists with the same ideas. IN the case of the Nigerian schoolgirls, an extremist group by the name of Boko Haram’s name translates to “Western education is a sin” in the local language. The group especially opposes the education of women. Under its version of Sharia law, women should be at home raising children and looking after their husbands, not at school learning to read and write.

I guess I shouldn’t fail to mention here that I’m mostly a “stay at home” wife/mother who works around my family’s schedule. I also have an AA degree in Communication as well as a dual degree in Sociology and Womens/Gender studies (Double major – oh the horror!) . I think education is important no matter what you do in life. There is no such as thing as being too intelligent, being too articulate, having too much critical thinking skills. Education serves a purpose and advances people in many ways. I’m sorry that there are people in this world who do not see its value. The men that claim education should only be reserved for men show how it is wasted on the likes of them. Clearly there is no cure for stupid. But for those with desire to learn, with the passion to change themselves and the world around them, to better themselves…education  is key.

The extremists in Nigeria could be anyone. They could be anywhere. By that, I don’t mean that terrorists are at every corner. Ignorance is. These women need to be brought home. They need to be brought back to school. The world is watching — and ignorance needs to be fought against so that not only these girls are returned to the education they deserve, but so those who believe otherwise are told that there is no place in this world for such ignorance. These girls aren’t just Nigeria’s girls. They are our girls. Bring back our girls.

(Postscript I have called the White House comment line so President Obama knows my opinion. I urge you to let him know yours too. Write letters to the editors of papers and magazines who arent reporting this story. There is much we can do from our homes to tell our leaders that this will not stand)

http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/03/world/africa/nigeria-abducted-girls/

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Dear Mom Who Cant Afford Organic Food

Dear Mom Who Cant Afford Organic Food

I should first start with a disclaimer…my philosophy on life in general is weigh choices individually, not blindly via some (or any) blanket cause. I buy organic food whenever possible. I shop locally whenever possible. However this lady describes me. My family is lower income but too high for food stamps. We have a tight grocery budget which gets tighter if an emergency arises. That said I disagree with the insinuation that a bag of chips is cheaper tan an organic apple. That may be true but…there are plenty of other healthier choices that are inexpensive. Rice cakes? Pretzels? Yogurt?

THAT SAID….my personal opinion & direct observation is that there is a definite segment of the pro-natural living movement that  are downright ignorant and elitist. I do mystery shopping & get to use a gift card 1x month at a natural foods grocery chain. A $50 gift card buys me 2 bags of groceries there. I COULD NOT afford to my regular shopping at this store.Nio matter how important my family’s health is (and it is) to me, I DO NOT have $600 month for groceries.  However just because one cant shop full time at Whole Foods etc doesnt mean they are sentenced to a life of processed cheese food and soda. Theres a lot people can do to be healthy & cut out processed foods etc w/o killing their budget but the ppl who insist only organic food from independent stores etc seem to be separated from reality a little.

 

And I am pretty pro-natural living, we compromise on a few things at the grocery store ($3 ranch dressing NOT Made with corn syrup, real honey not made w/ corn syrup, etc I have my priorities intact) And I would never buy a bag of Chips in lieu of healthy food. ITs more a matter of being informed AND staying within your budget. The farmers markets can be cheaper than the Whole Foods for instance. Grocery Outlet is a good place to buy some cheaper natural foods.

Find Jason Kyles

Find Jason Kyles.” This is more than a directive, more than a hashtag on Twitter or a page on Facebook. This is the desire of thousands of people, strangers and family alike, to find a man missing in the area since February. According to the blog of Jason’s wife, Rebecca, “Jason left home around 10 am on Friday, Feb. 1st.  Rebecca Kyles, reported that when she left for work at 7 am that day Jason seemed fine…Saturday morning, Feb. 2nd, Rebecca received a call from the Sonoma Sheriff’sOffice reporting that they had located Jason’s truck on private property after receiving a call from a woman that had spoken with Jason.  Jason was seen entering Annadel State Park around 9 am.  His wife got to the trail-head about 2 pm and started handing out a flyer and asking people if they had seen him… He has not been seen since….” It is thought that Jason may be suffering a manic episode and living among the area’s homeless populations. There has been a huge effort on the part of Rebecca to keep the search alive. She works tirelessly to follow up on tips and post updates on the Facebook page she created about the search for Jason. (https://www.facebook.com/helpfindjasonkyles?fref=ts) Thousands of people have joined the Find Jason Kyles page to keep updated on search activity and potential sightings. Total strangers have given up time from their lives in order to follow up on possible leads. In reading through all of the updates, the possible sightings, the confirmation that a sighting was not Jason, you can feel the disappointment from his wife. I”m but one of the many that check each day to see if there is any news regarding Jason. I hope along with others that each lead will pan out. I mourn with others when leads turn out to be false hope. Jason is not just a missing person. He is missing among us. Jason did not go to a place where no one cares, as evidenced by the outpouring of love shown from our community. This is not a big city like Oakland or L.A. where he easily could disappear into the masses. I Implore all of you to check out his Facebook page, memorize his face, look for him as you go about your day. Find Jason Kyles.