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[26 Aug 2010|11:01am]
things are posted privately here, now. leave a note and we'll connect.
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caramel pudding [10 Jan 2010|09:19am]

i made the caramel pudding from smittenkitchen, and made it vegan (soy/almond milk), as well as added cardamom and cinnamon. it is now half gone, despite the fact that i made it 15 minutes ago, and the directions say chill for 2 hours before consuming. the photo above shows my version bedecked with hemp hearts. om nom nom.
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[09 Jan 2010|08:28pm]
from an interview with Amy Hempel:

AH When I lived in California I had a friend whose way of life I envied. She had a small apartment in Berkeley with nothing in it except cream colored spotless carpeting…

SS Very California.

AH She had this simple life. Everything extraneous was omitted, and that meant just about everything. I aspire to that, though I never come anywhere near it.
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[17 Oct 2009|12:23pm]
i made a new zine
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[06 Oct 2009|10:50pm]
via frandroid

UMass Amherst Student Facing 30 Years For Defending Himself Against Hate Attack

justice for jason website
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i took one photo on nuit blanche [04 Oct 2009|06:44pm]

and it was of a giant inflatable bunny made by jeff koons. generally, i think the man's work is boring or assinine, and the artist's summary for this work is essentially 'it can mean different things to different people!', which gives me that *face+palm* feeling. however, something about seeing a giant silvery bunny floating like a spectre that's both benevolent and a bit pissy made me happy.
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PRECARIOUS: call for submissions [26 Sep 2009|08:50am]
The Greasy Spooning writing collective wants your terrible work stories! In these “tough economic times”, a lot of us are busting ass at more than one job to make ends meet. As these jobs are often in service or sales – bussing tables, telemarketing, fundraising on the street – we’ve had to put a lot of ridiculousness on a daily basis to make a buck. And we’ve got stories to tell: the boss who demands you wear tighter pants so he can ‘have something to look at’, the coworker who asks you and every other brown person in the office if you do yoga or listen to M.I.A, the 8 hour shift you spent doing security for a Miley Cyrus impersonator. We want the stories you tell on the patio at the end of the day over beer, the things you text message your friends in capital letters of disbelief after they’ve happened, the moments you swallowed and walked away or the ones where you answered back. Send your jaw-dropping, funny or infuriating best – for our upcoming zine, PRECARIOUS.

Send short stories and anecdotes, no longer than 1,000 words, to bitsofstring@yahoo.ca by January 30, 2010.

(please forward widely)
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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: HEADCASE: LGBTQ Writers and Artists on Mental Illness [25 Sep 2009|11:16pm]
via sugarbutch:

HEADCASE: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, And Queer (LGBTQ) Writers and Artists on Mental Illness Edited by Teresa Theophano, LMSW

Headcase will be an anthology comprised of 15-20 nonfiction pieces by writers and artists both established and new, exploring the theme of mental health, mental illness, and mental health care in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) community. The book is currently being considered for publication by a major queer press.

The anthology seeks essays, poetry, and comics by queer consumers of mental health services or queer individuals who have been diagnosed, but do not identify as patients, with mental illness. Works should explore the intersection of queerness and mental health and can include topics such as psychotropics; Gender Identity Disorder and its acceptance or rejection as a legitimate mental disorder; conventional v. holistic treatment; experiences in therapy, groups, and/or institutions; how race and ethnicity, class, sex, gender identity, age, and disability impact access to treatment; addiction, self-medicating, and recovery.

Modest compensation provided upon publication to contributors whose pieces are chosen.


* Pieces should be between 750 and 1500 words (approximately 3 to 5 double-spaced pages).

* While the deadline for a 2010 publication date has not yet been established, submitting your piece by December 1, 2009 is recommended. Descriptions of pieces in progress are also welcome.

* Submissions should be sent as a Microsoft Word document, double-spaced, 12 pt. font, Times New Roman font.

* Please provide a brief (100 words or less) bio with your submission

Teresa Theophano is a licensed social worker, out queer mental health consumer, and the author of Queer Quotes (Beacon Press, 2004).

Please send submissions/project descriptions to her at headcase_anthology (at) yahoo.com
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one month in the back seat [25 Jul 2009|12:49am]
toilet paper, toilet paper, toilet paper,
peaches canned in thin syrup, in juice,
cotton underwear from coupons,
high waisted, hung on transparent mini-hangers.
milk from Michigan, and big blocks of cheap cheese,
perforated like mesh or tripe or comb.
bags of socks, frozen pad thai, winter mangoes
unyielding as stones, apples in bags,
kleenex, kleenex, tampax, draino and gas.
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[20 Jun 2009|08:24am]
A short article on findings of the Immigration and Precarious Employment Project, from the Toronto Star.
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[27 May 2009|11:41pm]
Toronto Pride organizers ban anti-Zionist group
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[15 May 2009|11:42pm]
one of the most thorough, useful sexual health zines out there: hpv zine (there's a free download of the whole zine on this website!), by the down there health collective.
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[12 May 2009|10:03pm]
originally by sabotabby, via frandroid: a great rant about the lack of involvement with / respect for tamil protesters in toronto
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recipe weekend - week 8 [06 May 2009|06:55pm]

i copped out. this is photos from the next day, when i was taking it to work for lunch!

roasted butternut squash and sage soup, with citrus, from the rebar cookbook originally, i think.
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[02 May 2009|10:52pm]
pete seeger's 90th birthday

thanks frandroid, for this one!
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[30 Apr 2009|03:45pm]
Philly's Pissed offering small grants to grassroots supporters of survivors of assault and violence. you don't have to be part of some organized charity to get this funding either which, i think, makes it extra important.

the catch on this is: the deadline's tomorrow. wish i'd heard about it sooner to pass on the info.
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[29 Apr 2009|11:24pm]
a couple of years ago, i was a research assistant for a prof at york. now, her work - on jewish socialist movements in Canada in the 1930s-50s - has been formatted into a play. doing interviews with elderly political activists, and transcribing the hours of tape she has of people talking about life on the shtetl, or of having their houses locked up under the padlock law for suspected communist activity, is something i can say that definitively changed my life. i was surprised to see an ad for this play tonight, while at work, and am now trying to pick a day and time to go...
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recipe weekend - week 7 [27 Apr 2009|04:40pm]
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[25 Apr 2009|09:59pm]
status update

i just wanted to keep slapping your face
in all those pictures on the screen
where you are loose and easy
with grace, shielding your eyes
in a mute of alcohol against camera
and camera flash,
some oracle, cloaked
in the imposed silence of the medium.
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[22 Apr 2009|06:55pm]
Angie Zapata’s Murderer Found Guilty

"It has just been announced that a Colorado jury found Allen Andrade guilty of murdering 18-year-old Angie Zapata . He was also found guilty of the additional hate crime enhancement as well as vehicle theft and identity theft. The charges carry a mandatory life sentence without parole."
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