Friday Open Thread: "What are you reading?" edition. ~ 19 Women for the 19th Amendment


19 Women for the 19th Amendment

To honor the 100th anniversary of the U.S ratification of the 19th Amendment — which guaranteed women the right to vote — we’ve curated 19 of our favorite Orion articles written by women.

The Land Has Memory by Priscilla Solis Ybarra and Cherríe Moraga (Winter 2019)

A discussion on Latinx identity and intersectional environmentalism.

Eighteen more below the fold ....

Women and Standing Rock, introduction by Layli Long Soldier (35th Anniversary Issue)
Where does the body end and sacred nature begin?

10 Skills to Hone for a Post-Oil Future by Ana Maria Spagna (May/June 2013 issue)

Speaking of Nature by Robin Wall Kimmerer (March/April 2017)
Finding language that reveals our kinship with the natural world.

Gods Among Us by Terry Tempest Williams (Autumn 2019)
Humanity is not the center of the universe but part of an expanding, contracting, and uncertain future.

7 Gentle Ways to Use a Broom in Spring by Lyanda Lynn Haupt (March/April 2015)

The Fracking of Rachel Carson by Sandra Steingraber (September/October 2012)
Fifty years ago a book changed the way we think about nature—or did it?

“Exposed” by Jennifer Lunden (September/October 2013)
The mammogram myth and the pinkwashing of America.

One but Not the Same by Leah Tyus (Autumn 2019)
Racial microaggressions in the backcountry.

Waste Land, Promised Land by Kimberly Meyer (Spring 2018)
Refugee farmers replant home in post-hurricane Houston.

Where It Begins by Barbara Kingsolver (November/December 2013)
Knitting as a creation story.

Fear Itself by Melanie Challenger (Spring 2018)
The biological and cultural origins of being scared.

Dear Mr. Abbey by Amy Irvine (Autumn 2018)
A feminist critique of Cactus Ed’s legacy.

Twibuke by Terry Tempest Williams (September/October 2008)
Beauty and healing amid the shards of Rwanda.

Uncommon Gratitude by Trebbe Johnson (July/August 2015)
On giving thanks to wounded places.

In Real Life by Carmella de los Angeles Guiol (Summer 2018)
The question of connection in the digital world.

Sunrise on the Medicine Wheel by Elizabeth Dodd (May/June 2008)
Change is no stranger to this place we call home.

Deep Intellect by Sy Montgomery (November/December 2011)
When you gaze into the eye of a giant octopus, don’t underestimate what’s going on inside that big, squishy head.

What Hangs on Trees by Glenis Redmond (November/December 2012)
Legacy and memory in the southern landscape.

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QMS's picture

Thanks for sharing these. It is amazing how you can bring together such a wide variety of books into
a coherent whole.


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enhydra lutris's picture

there. Some seriosly wonderful cover art, if that is what it is, too.

be well and have a good one

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Granma's picture

Thank you Philly.
I'm currently reading The Day the World Came to Town; Gander 9/11 It is a terrific read, highly recommend it.

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John Snow Memo Straightforward presentation of the way forward with SARS-Cov2, and it was no secret since very early in this pandemic. All the other debates (unproven cures (armchair docs and infectious disease non-experts), excess mortality, etc.) are a waste of time and that's mostly what Americans have been doing since February 2020. Oh, and

This has understandably led to widespread demoralisation and diminishing trust. The arrival of a second wave and the realisation of the challenges ahead has led to renewed interest in a so-called herd immunity approach, which suggests allowing a large uncontrolled outbreak in the low-risk population while protecting the vulnerable. Proponents suggest this would lead to the development of infection-acquired population immunity in the low-risk population, which will eventually protect the vulnerable. This is a dangerous fallacy unsupported by scientific evidence.

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studentofearth's picture

to move into the day

First link to Women and Standing Rock has some words worth pondering.

America is a land of bad math and science: the Right believes Rapture will save them from the violence they are delivering upon the earth and water; the Left believes technology, the same technology wrecking the earth and water, will save them from the wreckage or help them build a new world on Mars.

Thanks Philly

Now need to discover the used of a broom.

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Still yourself, deep water can absorb many disturbances with minimal reaction.
--When the opening appears release yourself.

travelerxxx's picture

Thanks for the info on Orion Magazine, phillybluesfan. As if I'm not already so far behind on my reading – now there's more! Good problem to have, I guess.

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magiamma's picture

Thanks for showcasing women’s work. I look forward to perusing. Be well.

Ijust read the story about the octopus. Fascinating and fabulous.

So what does it feel like to be an octopus? Philosopher Godfrey-Smith has given this a great deal of thought, especially when he meets octopuses and their relatives, giant cuttlefish, on dives in his native Australia. “They come forward and look at you. They reach out to touch you with their arms,” he said. “It’s remarkable how little is known about them . . . but I could see it turning out that we have to change the way we think of the nature of the mind itself to take into account minds with less of a centralized self.”

“I think consciousness comes in different flavors,” agrees Mather. “Some may have consciousness in a way we may not be able to imagine.”

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I read it, too. Such amazing creatures. It's astounding that we're really only recently learning about their intelligence.

I sent a link to the story to several folks who will enjoy it ...some being grandchildren.

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magiamma's picture

Sending it to grandson. Great idea.

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