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  Not that long ago a friend pulled me aside and said, “You know, if you lived a few centuries ago, I think you’d have been burned at the stake.” It was meant as a compliment, and I took it as one. Because what he meant was that outspoken women, loud women, women who didn’t sit still, who pushed boundaries or dreamt or loved or worked outside the tight confines of the lives assumed for them, those women were often rounded up and burned as witches. Because there...
  Inside my brain is a field, and in my left part of that field, there’s a corral. The corral is where my workday thought ponies run, in circles. They never stop running. Most days, at the end of my work day, I leave the corral and close the gate behind me. I walk out into the grass, the asters and goldenrod, and let the evening unfold. Once I’ve left the corral, the importance of what happened between 9am and 5pm is at least relatively meaningless. I...
  Periods have always been somewhat taboo. Roman philosopher and naturalist, Pliny The Elder, declared that menstrual blood would: "Turn new wine sour, crops touched by it become barren, grafts die, seed in gardens are dried up, the fruit of trees fall off, the edge of steel an the gleam of ivory are dulled, hives of bees die, even bronze and iron are at once seized by rust, and a horrible smell fills the air; to taste it drives dogs mad and infects their bites with an...
Join us Saturday, September 23rd & Sunday, September 24th, 201710:00 a.m. - 6 p.m.New York Hall of Science @ Old World's Fair Grounds47-01 111th Street, Corona, NY 11368   The 8th annual BUST Craftacular @ World Maker Faire is this weekend, and we couldn't be more excited. Known as the "greatest show-and-tell on Earth," World Maker Faire is a two-day, family-friendly event that attracts over 95,000 visitors annually, bringing together educators, hobbyists, engineers, tech enthusiasts, crafters, artists, students, and more for a wild weekend of demos, exhibits, and fun....
  “Among friends the shaking of the hand is the most genuine and cordial expression of good-will.” — The Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Etiquette, 1877.   When we think of nineteenth century greetings, many of us naturally picture bows, curtsies, and subtle inclinations of the head. But these were not the only types of gestures with which to greet one’s friends and acquaintances. Fans of Elizabeth Gaskell will know that, in some cases, a handshake was equally appropriate. In her 1855 novel North and South, John Thornton, a northerner, regularly...

Did you know that every full moon represents something different based on the time of year is appears (e.g. September’s Harvest Moon)? The Moonbox—a curated subscription service from gaiacollective.com offering full-moon specific items and guidance for meditations and rituals—is perfect for those wanting to craft a spiritual practice around this celestial event. For $29.50 per moon (a Mini Moonbox is also available for $12.50), three crystals, a tea blend, an essential oil blend, featured items (like the rose hip body scrub and vetiver and lavender...
In case you were depraved of fairy tales as a child, Excalibur’s legend is an exciting story of a sword thrown into a lake, caught by the Lady of the Lake for safekeeping, and can only be wielded by the rightful sovereign of Great Britain, AKA 7-year-old Matilda Jones of Norton, Doncaster. The noble Matilda had only recently heard the legend of her royal future when her father told her and her 4-year-old sister Lois the tale of Excalibur earlier that day. Later, when they went...

As any six-year-old will tell you, the power of cake is undeniable. So it makes a lot of sense that BFF bakers Tess Wilson and Leah Rosenberg decided to use the versatile dessert to make bold political statements. The Instagram feed for the duo’s Protest Cakes project features pic after pic of frosted deliciousness, each with a different theme, like their Climate Change cake (“baked at ever-increasing temperatures and submerged in 2.6 inches of saltwater”) or their Mexican Hot Chocolate Rice Krispies Treat Wall (“to...
  This is the story that isn’t being told, but needs to be. Women are being harassed in the tech sector at an alarming rate, and it isn’t being reported. The stories that have been told by the media, and the women who have come forward, are not isolated incidences. This is an epidemic. Women Who Tech partnered with polling firm Lincoln Park Strategies to anonymously survey 950 tech employees, founders, and investors globally on their experiences in the tech sector because very little data has been...
I spent a lot of years thinking I was confident, mostly because I’ve always been outgoing, but it turns out I had pretty low self-esteem for a good portion of my young adult life. Throughout my teenage years and into my early 20s, I didn’t show myself the respect I deserve — that every person deserves. I’d often do things that I would regret in the morning, surround myself with people who brought out my bad habits, project my angst onto my family, and generally...
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