An estimated 222 million women in developing countries would like to delay or stop childbearing but are not using any method of contraception.
222 million women don’t have a say over their bodies. Doesn’t that just amaze you? I know a lot of Pro-Choice
/ Pro Family Planning
advocates always begin by talking about a woman’s right to take control over her personal health. I’m not going start any differently.
There is an intrinsic right that seems to be missing from many developing nations and that is the right to freedom, the right to empower, and the right to equality.
Globally, an estimated 287,000 maternal deaths occurred in 2010. Sub-Saharan Africa (56%) and Southern Asia (29%) accounted for 85% of the global burden.
² Why? Why is there so much unnecessary death?
The key to stopping this is education, contraception and taking responsibility away from bureaucracy and enabling women the freedom to choose
is more than just a pretty word for abortion.… Read the rest
Top 10 Life Tips!
So I have been working quietly on putting together a TOP 10 list of helpful life hints. Some of these are stuff around the house, others are for your body, and others are for the Zombie Apocalypse time. You know, stuff you should know just in case the shit goes down and you’re flying solo.
1. Baby Wipes.
I know we all know about these… but have you ever thought of using them for your ADULT butt? Honestly, this isn’t something people like to talk about – but baby wipes really are much more tender on the ol’ bottom. Try it, and you’ll never go back to just toilet paper.
Recently, I had the flu of all flu’s. I was literally sitting on the toilet and vomiting into a bucket at the same time. It was fucking horrifying. My naturapathic doctor told me that when things settle down, to eat some yogurt. You see, your system gets FLUSHED of all the good bacteria in it during the illness. Eating the yogurt helps bring back some of those helpful bacteria and regulate your body again.… Read the rest
In my last post I stumbled onto a great mesh bag by
, which led me to the shop. I was very happy to check out some great Mesh tops by the designer Trill Zapatero
. She has several venues dedicated to Afghanistan and helping those impoverished by the war. In fact, she told me her proceeds all go to RAWA
, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan
, a human rights and social justice cause for women’s education, children’s services, as well as hospital and refugee centers.
sim has art, clothing, and educational services talking about RAWA
and what you can do to help this movement. I suggest you start by purchasing these great sweater tops I’ve photoed for this post. For more information or to get involved, I would contact Trill Zapatero
. She’s wonderfully charming and eager for help spreading the word about RAWA
Here is a direct SLurl to the BoHo HoBo
From there, you can continue exploring the sim and everything is has to offer!… Read the rest
and I did some exploring of the sim Venexia
. It is a RP zone premised on gothic vampires ruling Venice, Italy. They have built the perfect stage for their performance, as you can see in the background. It is worth exploring and would be perfect for an editorial fashion spread. You can’t take a bad picture in this place.
As for clothing, I’m wearing my new group gift from Hucci
. This is wonderful mesh dress with the word LOVE written all over it. Fun, sassy, sexy — all things Hucci
. The hair Sylvia and I picked up at Boon
, which is always a pleasure. The bag was a surprise bonus on the SL Marketplace. It was the perfect bohemian addition to my little mish-mash outfit and only cost $170L.
I call the look Proud Nubian Woman meets Chinese Urban Bohemian Cowgirl
. Fuckin’ A.
skin: Heartsick. Devotion. Eternity, Tinsel C,F,DB
hair. BOON. NYN116 brown
eyes. Pulcino. Quartz Brown
lips.… Read the rest
When I was little, pretty much everything that I liked had 4 legs or was in the back woods of my house. I didn’t particularly “
” into the normal crowd in my schools. I was introverted, shy, and socially awkward. I had no idea how to communicate with other human beings, so animals worked a lot better for me. Nature in general was the bee’s knees in my book.
My self-expression seemed to naturally lay with the arts and nature was my muse. Growing up, I often felt incapable of handling most situations. With an absentee father and a mentally ill mother, I was left pretty much to my own.
In middle school, I began to explore photography. My father, at that time, was the principal of my school. In order to demonstrate his love to me maybe, he built a dark room in an unused teacher’s bathroom. There was counter space to lay out all the chemicals, a tap for running water, and even a place to examine your negatives while they dry.
This was the first time, in all my life, that I felt self-expression.… Read the rest
I guess it’s that time of year to make fucking resolutions on how you will become a better person in the year to come. I don’t have anything against this particular ritual, only that it sorta gets fucked over by the second week of January. People start eating shitty food again, stop exercising, and then the next thing you know – they are telling their BFFs to “fuck off” on a drunk Friday night.
What ever happened to commitment? To the love of doing something because you KNOW in the end, you will truly be better for it?
Over the last year, in real life, I lost 50 pounds. When I realized this, people would ask me how I did it? Was it some diet? or rigid exercise routine? I would always pause because it wasn’t really either. I just decided I was going to live better for me. There was no tormented “giving up” of foods or weird fucking calorie counting. I changed, and that changed everything. I discovered I was worth the effort.…
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I was looking after this elderly couple this week and to be frank, they have a mice problem. A serious problem. The very kind woman was told that if you buy peppermint extract, the mice will leave your pantry alone.
THIS IS A LIE.
The mice were like, “OH! it smells nice in here. Lets try to break into that cardboard box of cereal.
” NOM NOM NOM.
I, on the other hand, was not feeling as kind towards the mice. Operation: Exterminate Mickey
is now in progress. I am a firm believer in the SNAP traps. They kill them quickly, as opposed to the glue traps which rip of their legs from their body. Then you have little bloody stumps running around dying a slow death.
You see, the part that is critical in this operation is that the husband has cancer. He completed his chemo treatment about 3 weeks ago and now is in recovery getting transfusions every few weeks to keep his white blood cell count up. SO! With that in mind… I am on a mission to kill the mice. No little furry creature is going to potentially poison my client under my watch.… Read the rest
In the winter, the light changes so much. I remember my old college photography teacher used to tell us that you start learning all the personalities of light. It begins to speak to you. I thought at the time he was being a pretentious asshole. But as I’ve gotten older, I am beginning to think he was on to something. I’ve noticed that the light in the winter months speaks in a much softer voice. Maybe it’s because there is less daylight, less time to see the tones of gold or grey or blue. You’ve gotta give it a good whisper and coax it into playing with you.
* Be kind to your winter light.
art. Chiana Oh. ‘Winter’s Hazy Shade’ (new release
sofa. Chiana Oh. Winter Couch (new release
cat. SHOP SEU. 1 prim cat – orange
sweets. Tres Blah. Pastry Mania – Macarons (arcade
cup. Tres Blah. Pastry Mania – Mustache Cup (arcade
building. POST. Skov Kapel (arcade
skin. BCC. Latte – Liu 02 (arcade
hair.… Read the rest
Nearly 1,000,000 people make a suicide attempt every year.
Being alone in body, mind and spirit sucks. It’s a hard rock to come out from.. trust me, I understand. There is nothing easy about the overwhelming feeling of being alone in your thoughts. Isolated from humanity and detached from these aliens that run around this earth mucking it up. You feel so fucking tired of fighting yourself and those around you. I get that.
But please, let me offer you something. It might even be a version of peace of mind for you. I know it was for me.
Let me first say that I am a card-carrying atheist. However, I think the religion I am most comfortable with has been Buddhism
. As I have been taught new things over the last year by my mentor, I have expanded my world views to see that Buddhism is so much more than a “brand name
Here’s where I get to the peace of mind part.
There is a technique I have learned that has literally transformed my fucking life. It has brought me to a deeper understanding of myself and the world around me.… Read the rest
One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good,
kind people there are.
Edith Wharton, author of Ethan Frome
train. ililo. hobo hut 02 (new Arcade Item)
chair. Zigana. lazy sunday chair – buttercup (new Arcade Item)
feline. SHOP SEU. 1prim cat – black
skin. the Skinnery. Iris – Gold champaign LB CL1 (new Arcade Item)
eyes. Insufferable Dastard. Glimmer Contacts – aqua (new Arcade Item)
ears. Mandala. Steking Ears
hair. LaViere. Ambush. Creative Dye Pack
dress. The Secret Store & Nyu. Camille Dress – honeycomb
scarf. The Sea Hole. Parvita Scarf – sunzecya (new Arcade Item)
boots. J’s. Studded Long Boots – black
radio. Tee*fy. Retro Portable Radio – Printed Paper Pink (new Arcade Item)
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