Introducing myself and my journal: Be conscious, be aware and be a vessel of change.
I am a mom, a feminist, a vegan, an animal rights activist and a student. I am outspoken -- more like I have a big mouth. However I use my powers for good not evil. I am an only child. I have two daughters of my own, nearly grown up. One in high school and the other in college. I am divorced, and before you say 'oh, that is too bad, I am sorry...' I left him and I have a new outlook on life and what really matters. For some reason people tend to say they are sorry to hear or some variation of that when they ask if I am married and I say no I am divorced. It is not a defect or debilitating condition you know?
I volunteer for a low cost spay and neuter clinic and help with the pet food bank. I enjoy attending consciousness raising events a.k.a. protests of the peaceful variety. Raising awareness is my goal when protesting. Education is power, gee if I only realized that in my early 20's, things would have been a little easier.
I have a B.A. in Liberal Arts and I am currently working on a B.A. in Women's and Gender Studies. I enjoy the subject matter a great deal. As I am 40 years old, it is very interesting to see and hear the reactions of very young women in class regarding the 'olden days', which to some of them means the 60's. :) I went back to school in 2000, when my girls were old enough to handle coming home from school and me not being there. I must say, I absolutely love taking classes as an adult, a huge difference from my first attempt at college after high school. I am planning on continuing courses for the rest of my life, I really enjoy it as it is now a challenging hobby.
I love reading, especially biographies and non fiction. I carry a book around in my bag everyday, just in case I am stuck waiting in traffic or a long line. I write in my books too, like, a lot. I make notes in the margins and highlight points of interest and I dog ear the pages. That is the reason I do not go to the library to borrow books. I do have an obsession with books. I have shelves and shelves full. I really like going to used book stores or when the library has their used book sale. I find really cool books at estate sales also. Old books are so interesting to me, It is so neat to find a note or folded letter in an old book after I get it home and really look through it. I like reading the inscriptions too.
I have cats and dogs and a turtle. I sometimes do foster parenting for homeless cats until they can find a forever home. There is a blind cat sanctuary I really would like to visit in the spring. It is on the east coast, so it will be a fun road trip.
I would love to travel to India and Africa someday. I have seen videos, documentaries, and read the accounts of the oppressive and abusive conditions women must endure and I have also seen a lot of good beginning to be done in these vids and articles. I would really like to do some volunteering with rural women. I sometimes get angry with myself when I complain about traffic or too large of a laundry pile...when there are serious abuses and injustices happening every moment of the day to girls and women. The devaluing of women is pervasive and I think westerners could learn a great deal from seeing these situations first hand and working toward doing good for them. And by doing good, I mean what they actually need, not what we think they need. I know I could learn so much from the women and maybe they could learn something from me too.
Thanks for reading my journal.
animal and women's rights
not enough time to do and see all that I would like to
My Vision for the Future:
continuing my education, traveling, advocacy
My Areas of Expertise:
animal care, accounting, cranking out research papers ;)