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Monday Menagerie # 9


Rounding out July with some love from a top notch Father, Cosby women speak out, cool kicks, Moms speak and sign, an innovative comic, a must see list and an announcement like no other. Happy MONDAY MENAGERIE!


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(image via postsfromthepath.com)

A LETTER FROM ALBERT EINSTEIN TO HIS DAUGHTER

If anyone knows anything about anything it’s Albert Einstein…am I right?? Being a Daddy’s girl myself, I read this letter from sweet Albert and got pretty choked up. Some theories never die and some, like this one, need to be addressed and revisited again and again.

“If we want our species to survive, if we are to find meaning in life, if we want to save the world and every sentient being that inhabits it, love is the one and only answer.”

Even though it’s not Father’s Day anymore, hug or call your Dad today. The world needs Fathers who teach their Daughters about love and respect.


 

via Business Insider

via Business Insider

NEW YORK MAGAZINE COSBY COVER STORY COLLECTING THE ACCOUNTS OF 35 WOMEN

On Sunday night, New York magazine released a stunning cover story, collecting the accounts of 35 of Cosby’s accusers to paint a picture of Cosby as an unrepentant, manipulative sexual predator. The cover image is particularly striking. It features all 35 women seated next to one another, with an empty chair for women who have yet to come forward.

Thanks to our contributor, Tracy Cate, for sending this to us and included this in her email:

if you want a snapshot of the gravity of this piece, scroll to the bottom and listen to a couple videos. Listen to Victoria Valentino. I don’t want anyone to have any doubts in their mind about this man any longer. I’m sure the women who wrote this powerful article felt the same. It is beautifully done.


 

 

DEAF WOMAN MAKES A POWERFUL VIDEO ABOUT SOCIETY’S CRITICISM OF MOTHERS

My boyfriend shared this with me and I thought it was so powerful and moving. Tara and I are both lucky to have men in our lives that support this project and I love that this in my first “share” from Paul Hurley. Very cool find, babe.

This women Nostril_Curl has a cool Facebook page and is using sign language to make some powerful statements and break down stereotypes. Thumbs up!

(Shared by Paul Hurley)


 

ADIDAS KNIT THESE SNEAKERS ENTIRELY FROM OCEAN PLASTIC TRASH

I love any story about reuse, recycling, repurposing, sustainability and everything in between so when my bestest friend Sara D shared this with me I was so excited. I LOVE when a huge, influential company takes the opportunity to make a statement about the state of our planet and Adidas is doing it in a big way.

“The bigger aim of the program is not just to recycle plastic into shoes, but to help avoid plastic waste in the first place. Parley for the Oceans is working on new technology both to intercept plastic trash—and to change plastic itself. “

It is a goal of mine to follow stories of how companies are working to invent more sustainable and environmentally friendly materials so someday we can be plastics-free…so stay tuned.

(Shared by Sara D’Ambrosio)


 

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FINDING JOY –  THE MOTHERHOOD DAYS WE SHOULD TALK ABOUT

I am lucky enough to have the most amazing girlfriends. The ones pictured above (AKA The Dockside Dolls) are the women that I spent the important, impactful and sometimes wild college years with and we are all still best friends. Out of the 7 of us I am the only one without children so I have had the incredible opportunity to watch these women (and so many other of my close friends) go from my friend Sara or my friend Christina to SUPER MOM Sara and SUPER MOM Christina. Seriously, I have been in awe of all of these women because truly, and I am not just being biased here, they are INCREDIBLE mothers and it’s a joy to watch. After a recent get together to welcome the 10th baby born within the group my friend Jodi was sharing the pressures that all moms are under to be “perfect”, and then shared this wonderful blog piece. I loved it and have since started following the author of this post and LOVE her honesty and writing style. This post is not only about Moms but everyone who finds themselves in a bizarre world of comparison the minute they open up Facebook or other forms of social media (guilty).

“We live in a world where Pinterest tells us that there are 52 Easy Crock Pot Meals that we can make (insert guilt for the cold cereal we served last night) and 119 Cleaning Hacks Using Vinegar so That We Don’t Have to Use Chemicals (insert guilt for the Lysol below the sink) and 13 Reasons Why Motherhood is the Best (insert guilt for the times when it certainly doesn’t feel that way)..”

It’s an important and beautiful piece and one that we ALL can relate to. Apparently it was so good it even broke the internet. Another example of how we yearn to have someone be real and vulnerable so we know we are not alone.

*this blog post was also included in Monday Menagerie #4 but I loved it so much I felt compelled to share it again*

(Shared by Jodi McRae)


 

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via Huff Post Women

A WOMAN MADE A COMIC BOOK ABOUT ABORTION AND IT’S AWESOME

This is a really tough subject for most people and very polarizing, but it’s an incredibly important subject to talk about…in any way possible. I think what Leah Hayes has done by illustrating this is pretty brilliant. Simple, yet effective. I welcome all comments for or against but I do ask for an open mind.

“My intention was to say, ‘Here it is, it’s hard….and I’m working out what it all means, too. And maybe in the process you will be comforted by reading this.”


 

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(image via Baroque-Doll)

MUST SEE MOVIES MADE BY WOMEN – LIST BY INCREDIBLE FEMALE DIRECTORS

Film Fatales  is a group of female filmmakers based in NYC that support and promote each other’s work. As it’s beautifully described by a women I am lucky enough to call a friend…

“We’re a group of filmmakers who make each other’s dreams come true.”  – Danielle Lurie

It would make sense that they would create a list that could be distributed to the masses as a go-to for your female-made favorites. It’s a GREAT list and I want to see each and every one. A hot topic in 2015 has been the rise (or at least the acknowledgment) of talented and powerful women in the Film Industry.


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SHARED EARTH

I found this and thought it was really cool.  It is a way of building community, using our resources and minimizing our need to depend on large super markets. Buying local or growing local are great ways to go!

Shared Earth connects people who have land, with people who want to garden or farm. Search listings and message with nearby gardeners or landowners to get started on your next garden!


 

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via projectaware.org

PLASTIC FREE  JULY – STORIES FROM WOMEN MAKING IT HAPPEN

I try to minimize my use of plastic everyday. You would not believe how difficult it is (and the weird looks I get) when I ask for my water or drink without a straw. Sometimes I feel like it’s a losing battle but then I read stories like this, and see young people stepping up and educating others, in innovative and creative ways, about how severe the plastic pollution problem really is.

I think a lot of young people have no idea about the severity of the plastic pollution problem. Those that do know don’t know of any solution or alternative to the plastic products they use that are at a reasonable price. I think young people need to know what is out there that they can use. I also think they need to realize that it is ok to have these products, like keep cups, and that its ok to be the one saying “I don’t need a lid on my coffee”, or “I don’t need a bag” or “I don’t want a straw”. I would like young people to be able to say these things and not be written off as “hippies”.

In this article there is a story of Teresa who built a raft out of plastic water bottles and sailed it along the swan river to raise awareness. A story about a woman going plastic-free in Cambodia, and other’s who go plastic-free every July and their challenges and victories. The Plastic Free July Facebook page has tons of great, informative and inspiring stories about people making a difference and saying NO to plastics.


 

My friends Ali and Jason are two of the most creative people on the planet and it makes so much sense that they would make this announcement in this way. I am crazy in love with them and am so glad that the found each other. Enjoy!

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Featured image (at top) via Smashing Showcase.

All reviews written and opinions expressed are the author’s own. “Shared by [name]” – Refers to the person who shared the link to the original piece featured here.


 

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