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Chicago Story Collection Day w VideoOut

Chicago Story Collection Day is on and I’m thrilled to announce that my film production company, Strangewaze is the city host for NYC-based startup, VideoOut, to bring the event to Chicago, on January 15, 2017 at The Center on Halsted from 10:30 am to 7:00 pm. Chicago Story Collection Day will consist of a day-long effort to […]

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Opening Monologue: The New Year Show

The following is a transcript of the opening monologue I do at the top of each show on WGN Radio. My show, the Saturday Night Special, is a single-topic program on which I discuss one topic all night. This week, I said goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017.

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I was given this honey lavender caramel chocolate bauble as a gift and it is so fancy it sparkles, but nothing is too pretty to eat and it is as delicious as it is sparkly (made locally by @allchocolatekitchen)
I was given this honey lavender caramel chocolate bauble as a gift and it is so fancy it sparkles, but nothing is too pretty to eat and it is as delicious as it is sparkly (made locally by @allchocolatekitchen)
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Ideas for Political Engagement

With less than 40 days to go before the 2016 presidential election, political engagement largely reduced to fighting with relatives on Facebook, and in honor of the new show I’ve just launched with Chicago Tribune’s Rex Huppke, “Guth and Huppke on Politics,” here are 71 ideas for things you can do to make a difference, move […]

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The first time I did this, I fell straight down in a room of really advanced practitioners and felt embarrassed —> Bound tiger pose, or heading into King Tiger pose as that foot reaches up, stretches the entire front body from ankles to shoulders, strengthens the lower back and hips, feels damn good, and steadies, calling on keeping upright by pressing up, giving yourself foundation, and taking a time out to focus on keeping your balance. Good enough for me; I got a lot to make happen between now and noon tomorrow so stretch and refuel and a brain-break is welcome af.  #yoga #365feministselfie
The first time I did this, I fell straight down in a room of really advanced practitioners and felt embarrassed —> Bound tiger pose, or heading into King Tiger pose as that foot reaches up, stretches the entire front body from ankles to shoulders, strengthens the lower back and hips, feels damn good, and steadies, calling on keeping upright by pressing up, giving yourself foundation, and taking a time out to focus on keeping your balance. Good enough for me; I got a lot to make happen between now and noon tomorrow so stretch and refuel and a brain-break is welcome af. #yoga #365feministselfie
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WGN Radio summer reading list

For the summer edition of my WGN Radio bookclub show, I gathered Jacob Knabb and Lindsay Muscato to talk about books, publishing and live lit in Chicago– because all of those things are blissfully plentiful in Chicago, despite what the coasts might have us believe about second city-hood. In any case, as I promised on […]

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The big, fluffy/dancey/twirly flakes are the best flakes
The big, fluffy/dancey/twirly flakes are the best flakes
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The South African adventure: Jozi to Cape Town

I’m so in love and awe with the group convened in Johannesburg, and say that without exaggeration. The group (the reason I was beckoned here in the first place) was made up of brilliant minds from around Africa, South Asia, primarily, and each does such important work to address such large issues in the world, puts so […]

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The @bakercreekseeds catalog is here and I’m like I WILL FEED THE WHOLE CITY WITH MY PLANT SKILLS —> In the last 100+ years we’ve lost nearly 75% of edible plant varieties due to demand for monocropping, crop uniformity, the agricultural industrial complex. Bad for pollinator creatures and bad for us; with over half the calories in the daily average diet coming from only 5* cereal grains, a homogenous agricultural system is an extremely fragile one (ex: Irish potato famine). Orgs like Baker Creek, @seed_savers_exchange and others work to preserve organic, heirloom seeds to promote biodiversity, stewardship and store seeds and genetic tissue from plants able to thrive w proper care, knowledgeable rotation and companion planting. In summation: plants are great and more plants = better. (*source: UN’s Food & Agriculture Cntr) #planto #nerdforplants
The @bakercreekseeds catalog is here and I’m like I WILL FEED THE WHOLE CITY WITH MY PLANT SKILLS —> In the last 100+ years we’ve lost nearly 75% of edible plant varieties due to demand for monocropping, crop uniformity, the agricultural industrial complex. Bad for pollinator creatures and bad for us; with over half the calories in the daily average diet coming from only 5* cereal grains, a homogenous agricultural system is an extremely fragile one (ex: Irish potato famine). Orgs like Baker Creek, @seed_savers_exchange and others work to preserve organic, heirloom seeds to promote biodiversity, stewardship and store seeds and genetic tissue from plants able to thrive w proper care, knowledgeable rotation and companion planting. In summation: plants are great and more plants = better. (*source: UN’s Food & Agriculture Cntr) #planto #nerdforplants
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The South African adventure: Dakar to Johannesburg

DAKAR, SENEGAL– Most of the passengers on the flight from DC to Dakar left the plane, leaving only a handful of us who were continuing on to Johannesburg. I was feeling fucked up by time zones by that point, but was determined to power through. I made myself stop doing the math to consider what […]

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Hat tip to @amberkarnesofficial for highlighting the use of props in yoga as an exercise in confronting our egos; any yogi/yogini has surely felt a little sheepish for reaching for a block or a strap in yoga, especially in a room full of more advanced or not-injured practitioners, or has felt frustrated for needing the help, even in private. But indeed props give us deeper access to confront ourselves, physically and emotionally. And if support can give us access to a new or deeper pose or idea, then unapologetically bring out all the props, bolsters, straps, and spotters you need, declare “this is what I need today” and be proud af #yoga
Hat tip to @amberkarnesofficial for highlighting the use of props in yoga as an exercise in confronting our egos; any yogi/yogini has surely felt a little sheepish for reaching for a block or a strap in yoga, especially in a room full of more advanced or not-injured practitioners, or has felt frustrated for needing the help, even in private. But indeed props give us deeper access to confront ourselves, physically and emotionally. And if support can give us access to a new or deeper pose or idea, then unapologetically bring out all the props, bolsters, straps, and spotters you need, declare “this is what I need today” and be proud af #yoga
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The South African adventure: Chicago to Dakar

CHICAGO– I’ve been working on my air travel anxiety. I can’t stand being enslaved to fears or phobias, and while I haven’t let said air travel anxiety stop me from doing anything, per se, I also really wanted to bust through that and open it all up to perhaps even unseen possibilities. There were milestones in […]

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Camera test/pre-show realness/my electronica album cover #365feministselfie
Camera test/pre-show realness/my electronica album cover #365feministselfie
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David Bowie tribute and a word about who is allowed to grieve for dead rock stars

“Ashes to Ashes” was the first song I thought to post as a David Bowie tribute this morning,

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Hydroponic windowsill Hyacinth experiment continues to thrive. Native to eastern Mediterranean/Middle Eastern areas, Hyacinths are gorgeously fragrant, brightly colored, powerfully and boldly pretty. Recall the flower Homer references as having grown up from spilled blood after Apollo accidentally whacked his lovahhh Hyacinthus while discus throwing. But then Zephyrus factors in and there is drah-muh. But fast forward to my windowsill in Chicago and there’s no drama, just a pretty plant, not about to give af and growing away in the sunshine in January.
#nerdforplants
Hydroponic windowsill Hyacinth experiment continues to thrive. Native to eastern Mediterranean/Middle Eastern areas, Hyacinths are gorgeously fragrant, brightly colored, powerfully and boldly pretty. Recall the flower Homer references as having grown up from spilled blood after Apollo accidentally whacked his lovahhh Hyacinthus while discus throwing. But then Zephyrus factors in and there is drah-muh. But fast forward to my windowsill in Chicago and there’s no drama, just a pretty plant, not about to give af and growing away in the sunshine in January. #nerdforplants