“Went to the bar, ordered a Shirley Temple, pretended to be African” – I read over the caption beside the two images depicting a woman in brightly patterned clothing, and my eyes scanned wildly as I tried to comprehend why the black, smiling face in the photographs was connected to pale, white shoulders.  The original set of Facebook photos, which depict a white woman in blackface, were shared on yoga instructor Freidel Kushman’s personal Facebook page on September 28th. The photos have since been shared over a thousand times and have over seven hundred comments. Read More
Looking to try some alternative healing, but squeamish about acupuncture needles? The ancient Japanese massage technique known as shiatsu is a perfect substitute, since it’s based on the same philosophy and medical theory and you can do it to yourself (sans sharp objects). Shiatsu utilizes the idea of pressure-points that stimulate energy channels in order to promote mental and physical wellbeing. Plus, the positions are so simple they can be performed almost anywhere. Check out these six soothing techniques and sink into a few minutes of pure bliss, free of charge.   1. Read More
  My favorite new phenomenon is the book of essays by female comedians. I don't think it's an exaggeration to say my life would be empty without them. I’ve read Tina Fey’s Bossypants more times than I can count, I practically put my life on hold when Amy Poehler’s Yes Please came out, and Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) has gotten me through several hard times. So last week, when it was announced that the newest it-girl comedian Amy Schumer got a multimillion-dollar book deal with Simon & Schuster, I kind of lost it. Read More
From the Aussie comic group Skit Box and director Christian Van Vuuren comes a hilarious and catchy video that blows all our cover. Now everyone knows we’re headed to the couch and not the gym when they see us in our Lulu-best. These ladies make light of the athleisure trend, while admitting to being inactive activewear wearers themselves - so it’s all in good fun. Skit Box told Mashable.com, “Who cares if you haven’t used your platinum fitness first membership in 7 months? You’re still a go getter — in your activewear. Read More
In the wake of yet another mass shooting at a school, it is sickening how the feelings of fear and helplessness come over us in a familiar way. Every time I read a headline about a shooting, I have the same reaction: my hands go cold, my stomach drops, and I shove the lump in my throat away like I'm dry-swallowing a big pill.  Portland-based community college instructor Melissa Duclos has had enough with politicians and their lack of action to protect the safety of our country. Read More
While Joaquin is hanging out in the Bahamas, we're prepping on the off chance he decides to make his way up the U.S. coast, and we've got all the things you'll want to do while you're staying dry with a weekend inside. Get Drunk! Enjoy one or all of the following beverages to accompany the rainy days and nights:  The Hurricane It may be a tropical drink unfit for a storm but the name is too fitting. See how to make it here.  Dark and Stormy  Since it's so dark and so stormy. You know you'll need ginger beer and rum but for everything else, check here. Read More
Looking to get away from it all and don’t mind a little dirt under your nails? A work exchange program known as WWOOFing might be your ticket out of town. Here, a tried-and-true traveler shares her tips and tricks for working your way around the world. A day hike in the Colombian Sierra Nevada de Santa Maria In early 2014, after handing in my master’s thesis, I hopped on a plane and headed to Colombia. I wasn’t taking a post-grad beach vacay; I was traveling to a coffee farm to work. I wouldn’t consider myself a farmer, but I wasn’t a tourist, either. Read More
 'Experimenter’ (written and directed by Michael Almereyda) tells the story of Stanley Milgram (Peter Sarsgaard) the social psychologist who became famous or infamous, if you will, for a series of experiments he conducted in 1961 testing the boundaries of human obedience. His results dismayed the public and cause us to question our moral fiber as humans. Will we stand up to evil or will we ignore our own judgement in favor of group think?  Milgram’s experiments were fascinating and controversial. Read More
Get Women Cycling is a fantastic local group that provides women with all kinds of cycling know-how, networking, and community. Read More
  Thursday morning, at least ten people were killed  and several more wounded in a shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The shooter was a 26-year-old male student who, according to Slate, died in a firefight with police. This is old news. Everyone in America knows it is old news. President Obama reminded us in his speech yesterday  that this is old news. That this situation, his own response, the rest of the country’s response, all of it is “routine.” “We’ve become numb to this” was Obama’s refrain. Read More