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The faces of 14 women you should know.

Taylor, Alen “International Women’s Day 2013” In Focus, The Atlantic.

“The fourteen current elected or appointed female heads of government. From top left, in order by length of time in office:
Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. President of Argentina, Hasina Wazed, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Johanna Sigurdardottir, Prime Minister of Iceland, Laura Chinchilla, President of Costa Rica, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia, Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil, Yingluck Shinawatra, Prime Minister of Thailand, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Prime Minister of Denmark, Portia Simpson-Miller, Prime Minister of Jamaica, Joyce Banda, President of Malawi, and Park Geun-hye, the newly elected President of South Korea.
(Reuters/Sebastien Pirlet, Thierry Gouegnon, Marcos Brindicci, Sukree Sukplang, Ints Kalnins, Petar Kujundzic, Andrea De Silva, Andrew Taylor, Claudio Reyes, Bazuki Muhammad, Ints Kalnins, Lucas Jackson, Unati Ngamntwini, Ahn Young-joon)”

When it’s cold outside

During my Christmas holiday, I went on a brief journey to Yosemite. I hadn’t been since I was a kid, and my husband hadn’t gone, ever! We trekked up into the glacial phenomenon that has graced many family photo albums, distinguished the portfolio of Ansel Adams, and has simply put many travelers in awe. 

Imagine being one of those few natives to this area, living in the fortress that these mountains naturally offered. For these rocks to be your walls, and the sky serving as a canopy. Though I am sure millions of people visit each year, it still felt untouched, perhaps truly unreachable by human hands. 

I am so thankful for our National Parks.

Artist JR tries to “change the world” into one where “Men pay tribute to Women” and waring communities stand side by side…

Possibly my new favorite artist, JR is a truly great citizen of humanity. His art provides dignity and empowers others to do the same around the world.

From TED’s website — Working anonymously, pasting his giant images on buildings, trains, bridges, the often-guerrilla artist JR forces us to see each other. Traveling to distant, often dangerous places — the slums of Kenya, the favelas of Brazil — he infiltrates communities, befriending inhabitants and recruiting them as models and collaborators. He gets in his subjects’ faces with a 28mm wide-angle lens, resulting in portraits that are unguarded, funny, soulful, real, that capture the sprits of individuals who normally go unseen. The blown-up images pasted on urban surfaces – the sides of buildings, bridges, trains, buses, on rooftops — confront and engage audiences where they least expect it. Images of Parisian thugs are pasted up in bourgeois neighborhoods; photos of Israelis and Palestinians are posted together on both sides of the walls that separate them.

JR’s most recent project, “Women Are Heroes,” depicts women “dealing with the effects of war, poverty, violence, and oppression” from Rio de Janeiro, Phnom Penh, Delhi and several African cities. And his TED Prize wish opens an even wider lens on the world — asking us all to turn the world inside out. Visit

“I would like to bring art to improbable places, create projects so huge with the community that they are forced to ask themselves questions.”

–JR, Beaux Arts Magazine

Coming to a locale near YOU:
(This one is right in my back yard!)

“The Inside Out project gets bigger in NYC, USA! Another eye from the Native American project is up on a building at the corner of Berry St and South 5. You can see it better from the bridge…” – JR’s website

JR’s update on the Inside Out project:

Young Admin Profiles: Dani Scoville

This is not the first time that I have interviewed Ms. Scoville, but I thought it would be interesting to follow-up with her since one of the topics we discussed in the previous Sedentarialist interview has birthed a new path for this young San Franciscan.

At the time she had just begun volunteering for ReImagine, which she has described as “a center for the integration of the self (mind, body, and spirit) with the teachings of Jesus Christ in daily living”. The idea is to strip away the subcultural (American Church-going Christian) context that can be conducive to rote answers, and lead groups through questions of a more interior nature. With this specific approach, their workshops attempt to nurture a truthful dialogue around the implications of faith in relation to the human experience. They accomplish this goal by sharing first-person accounts and learning from one another’s successes as well as failures rather than formal ideologies. As a group they hold to 7 “vows”: love, obedience, prayer, simplicity, creativity, service, and community.

One key point of engagement for Dani has been their storytelling workshops. Although Scoville’s role with ReImagine has become more administrative, these workshops tie in her creative medium of narrative. Scoville has a degree in Literature from U.C. Santa Cruz and prior experience working for a Bay Area publishing house (where she also worked administratively). For these events ReImagine invites folks from within and outside of formal church networks.  Attendees are asked to tell their stories and listen to the stories of others, strictly without interruption. Scoville has observed surprising honesty and gender diversity to be among the trends as they discuss the complexity of topics ranging from sexuality to the management of personal finances. They have also held workshops for the purpose of Art Therapy (with clay and other media) and forums on social justice and abolition.

While they promote their program tactics to members of churches across the U.S., what drew Dani (and many others) to the program was that, while rooted in a faith in God, it did not require her to enter a traditional church landscape. For many Americans the formal structures of  church buildings and the whole sociology that goes with them are often a hurdle to spiritual investigation, having little to do with the teachings at their core.

Partly grown out of her experience volunteering for this organization, Dani is now joining the staff of ReImagine as the Program Director “Responsible for developing, organizing and promoting local/Regional ReImagine Learning Labs, Conversations and other events.” While circumstantially this position parallells her personal interests and professional qualifications, the real impetus for accepting the position was rooted a severe bike accident just months before.

The accident left her injured in the places it hurt her most –  the hand she writes with, and her jaw, broken in multiple places. Without the ability to speak or to journal her thoughts in the ways to which she was accustomed, she was left alone in an internal landscape, in which she was only able to wait. During this time she relied on the generosity of others, often other members of the ReImagine “Tribe”. This experience affirmed her appreciation for the empowering process of giving voice to the unspoken interior experiences we struggle through. With the accident, a new phase presented itself – an opportunity to take a “timely risk” by working in a dedicated ministry-type position. As it turns out, this trajectory not only blends her spiritual pursuits but also her interest in creative treatise to non-fiction writing.

As a woman on her own journey toward self awareness and realizing community, I asked her if she had anything specific to share with my readership. She mentioned the following poem and suggests we risk making beauty with our whole lives.

She who reconciles the ill-matched threads of her life,
and weaves them gratefully into a single cloth-
it’s she who drives the loudmouths from the hall
and clears it for a different celebration
where the one guest is you.
In the softness of the evening
it’s you she receives.
You are the partner of her loneliness,
the unspeaking center of her monologues.
With each disclosure you encompass more
and she stretches beyond what limits her,
to hold you.

– Rilke 1, 17 (From The Book of Hours)

You can find Dani’s own reflections posted regularly on her blog, Through the Roof Beams
…And more information about ReImagine on their Facebook page, here.

Trans Transport – 2 of 2 (aka, my new work ‘hood)

Above is my new commute as captured by CrowJonah. And below is my work space…

Each morning, I have been riding my bike over this bridge…

From this street…

…To this building…

It is an exciting new locale, on the Bowery…

There are a lot of old buildings in a spattering of styles because China Town, Little Italy, the Bowery District, they all merge here.

Today I saw a guest of this hotel look frantically over the balcony off his room, and dump the contents of a coffee cup onto the sidewalk, from, like, the 4th floor!!! Contents below. Looks like some cigarettes and a bit of coffee, I hope.

It is also the Restaurant Needs, and Lighting District. There are many many specialty hardware stores, but it took me asking around a bit to find one that would copy my office key…

Check out the tin ceiling in this hardware shop!

Oh, yeah, there are also random subway vents here – shooting out of the ground with less disguise/consideration than in some other neighborhoods

I guess that’s about it for now. See you soon!

Trans Transport – 1 of 2 (aka, my old commute)

I try to be a global citizen in small ways. Maybe I don’t travel as much as some people, but I have gained my share of stamps in the ol’ passport. More importantly, though, I have made many friends in far away cities. This Photo essay is one, of two, shot for a friend who is visiting me soon. She is one whom I like to share mundane moments with from time to time, though we live far apart, as a method of globe-shrinking.

This first grouping of photos is from the last day of my recent, yet former, commute from my new home to my old office. (Confused?) Once I got back from my honey moon, after moving myself into the new place, I had the task to also move my office! Fortunately it was a joy, as it resulted in a more convenient commute for me to a neighborhood with sites that were new and diverting! (More on that coming soon!)

The Greatest Feminists are the Men who believe in us.

I have been keenly aware of the tendency to become very annoying right after getting married. Trying hard not to post too many wedding photos on Facebook all at once, etc. For someone who is pretty fatigued by planning an event of that scale, it is a surprising challenge not to fixate on these things as a recent bride. Sometimes it is even hard for the people who haven’t spoke to you about much else in a while to find something new to discuss.

I want to share with you some images that I have taken recently, but rather than share them all at once, I would like to break it up a bit. A lot has been going on over the last month, and I would like to give them each their due. Because it was crammed all together in a short span of time I don’t want to gloss over it and label it all “Wedding Stuff” or feel the need to shelve it until our anniversary.

This post is specifically honor my new husband. He is an incredible gift, and I don’t go more than a couple hours without receiving  huge reminders that he is, in fact, a bit of a unicorn. To live life with him has been, in these short weeks, a dream. To know that we plan to stick things out together is also a phenomenal source of empowerment for me.

These past few months were busy, not only because of the wedding, but also trudging through my first (of three) years in Graduate school. I also had that traveling exhibit start off this Spring. My husband moved into our place, I moved in, we helped friends move, and when we came back from the honey moon it was only to move my office as well! Within this time of change I could also be loosing some close friends to other life changes like jobs and relocation. Babies have been born and people have moved away, but I count myself very fortunate to have someone to be the constant.

I once thought that a dedicated and loving friend can equate to the companionship found in a spouse. (Obviously I was not speaking from experience on the marriage side of things, and was thinking specifically about day-to-day caring and sharing of life and a less sexually fulfilling relationship, but…) I still believe that, actually, and wish that more of my single friends would take their friendships, including mine, just as seriously as they do the relationship of a potential mate. We hang so much on the idea of an ultimate mate/partner who can fulfill us in all these ways, but I truly think that life should be fulfilling in or out of a marriage-type relationship.

While I celebrate my relationship with my husband, I also celebrate each person that has shown me compassion through companionship – and therein defining what those could mean. For all those who have encouraged me on this path and for those who will be there to see where it leads, I thank you all…

Thank you, Crow Jonah, for promising to stay with me in the challenge of the valley and on the high mountain peaks – to discover love’s depths through me and within our community, together. Thank you for holding a view of love that is expansive and inflates my own. For being the greatest Feminist I know through your continuous actions of service toward me and those around us. I love you.











black and white photos thanks to: Ira Lippke Studios Blog
colour by bonniekate

Wedding Day on Ira Lippke Studio Blog


“It was an incredible summer day for Bonnie & Crow to tie the knot. Bonnie’s custom dress was stunning, matched with Crow’s bespoke suit. The whole day glowed along with Bonnie & Crow. There were many tiny details, many contributed by friends and family – including ornate paper flower arrangements, custom salt & pepper shakers, and a delicious meal for all the guests at an intimate reception. The bride and groom departed on bicycles with all of the guest around to wave farewell with homemade flags. What a day!”

Special thanks is due to Adam Sjoberg for providing lovely documentation of the day.