Before I had access to the first three waves of feminist literature, fictional plants and animals offered me antiquated warnings on growing up female.

The author’s stack of children’s books laying it out about misogyny

Have you ever reviewed the messaging in a stack of books you read as a child to unpack the sense of doom you felt growing up in the eighties? My brain still pages through these long overdue check-outs from the library of how to be a girl. …

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Have you considered committing to the most ethical dietary plan, termed vegan when in 1944 Dorothy Morgan and Donald Watson removed dairy from the middle of vegetarian? If so, you’ll need words of encouragement to stay the course. You might also need to watch Kip Anderson’s documentary Cowspiracy as well as the film he produced called Seaspiracy, directed by Ali Tabrizi, which was recently released on Netflix.

But it’s not so bad to eat fish! you, a staunch pescetarian, might say while refusing to watch Seaspiracy. In that case, here are some self-care affirmations to encant in lieu of actually…

We will no longer be overlooked while shopping for cauliflower gnocchi.

Social justice artwork by the author

Last August, beloved grocery store Trader Joe’s was called out by a seventeen year old in San Francisco who started an online petition claiming that labels used on the company’s products were racist. Swapping out “Joe” for international versions such as “José” on Mexican beer or “Giotto” on Italian pasta sauce was employing a “tool of othering,” according to the petitioner and her followers.

As an even better activist than last year’s teenage Trader Joe’s protestor, I’m here to tell you that the store with employees garbed in the fabric of Hawaii despite currently living in South Pasadena or Spokane

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As a graduate of Mystery school, former resident psychic at an East Village Wiccan bookshop, and frequent reader of many spreads, I am well-versed in the occult insight from astrology, numerology, and the Kabbalah contained in Tarot cards. Beyond these fields, let us not lose sight of the fact that our 22 Major Arcana trumps and 56 Minor Arcana pips and court cards were documented in fifteenth century Italy but arose from polytheistic Iran and thus contain strong biases from all these ancestors. …

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You may know me from the show Bridgerton, produced by Shonda Rhimes and in keeping with her favorite topics: scandal and anatomy. This show reimagines high society London circa 1813 as inclusive of people of color, and when I was invited to join in I was thrilled to be an ally as well as the only Jewish cast member. You couldn’t tell I am Jewish? Of course; there isn’t one singular look. And let’s be real, I’m not as strict about kashrut or shabbat as I should be. But I am very shiny, and was handpicked by royalty. …

While it’s sort of astonishing that any film and television production is operating at all in the middle of a global pandemic, in general Hollywood actors are currently sitting at home attempting to write mediocre screenplays because they can’t audition to do the thing they are actually good at. …

Vice President Kamala Harris

Today was a notable step forward for the American Rescue Plan, which seeks to apply $1.9 trillion dollars to vaccinate all Americans to end the COVID-19 crisis, safely reopen schools, deliver stimulus checks to citizens earning less than $75,000 annually, and support struggling small businesses with an emphasis on entrepreneurs of color and essential workers.

That bold new motion was taken by Vice President Kamala Harris at Fibre Space, a “yarn universe” that she visited in Alexandria, Virginia. On her Instagram page, Harris praised the store as “an innovative small business” owned and operated by Danielle Romanetti, who like many…

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Bananas, I heard you were ill but are you actually dying? This was news less than a year and a half ago, but since then we have had bigger coconuts to crack. How are you?!

Ugh, as per usual the reason for potential demise lies in oppressive systems of conformity. Monoculture, or solely cultivating one species, can be the perfectly yellow Cavendish to slice on top of cereal or the tie-dye sweatpant of our current pandemic. Seems great until there are no other options, or simply none at all. Restocks on crops or colorways can take forever.

Listen, so much…

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Social psychologist Melanie Joy defines carnism as “the invisible belief system, or ideology, that conditions people to eat certain animals,” as in adopting dogs and cats but slaughtering and ingesting pigs and cows. Veganism is the choice to respect and love all creatures: to draw the line at surviving at the expense of another life, as with meat; or creating great suffering, as with milk or eggs (and meat). Beyond changing what’s on your plate, the term also encompasses consuming only material goods that cause no harm to animals.

If you’re up for making some of the suggested changes below…

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America might be the current epicenter of the global pandemic, packed with neighborhoods considered extremely high risk for getting infected with COVID-19, which has killed 442,000 of us as of February 2021; but reopening outdoor dining is definitely the right thing to do. Isn’t isolating for public health kind of a drag? And don’t you want brunch?? We can totally go have mimosas and smoked salmon toast dripping with handpicked flora just as long as we follow the safe protocol! It will be so safe!

Here are six reasons I know we will be so so safe.

1. The Safest of Ages

You and I…

Audrey Dundee Hannah

Actor. Human cockatoo. Recently adopted a child's backpack.

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