I asked, “how do you feel?!” she replied ......... Surfjack penthouse takeover was a success! So impressed with @contacthawaii : Reimagining Waikiki - I watched @djgodiva hoard all of these single use plastic bottles from guests at the hotel for a min & this is always why I appreciate good artists — because they can tell these stories. Hopefully someone is now less inclined to to buy single use plastic products, & maybe these installations flash in their minds when when reach for the water bottle or something - but at the very least, I hope people saw that you can say what you want to say in many, many ways! Let’s keep talking!!
About 2 years ago, back home in Michigan, when I was working way late into the night building benches, shelving, & yoga mat hangers for Remedy, the yoga studio that made me a first time business owner — I had this crystal clear vision of myself: a silver braid crawling down my back, working in a wood shop with a view, respirator on, sorting through my mind while I poured myself into taming a few stunning pieces of wood assembled together in a way I saw fit. Although I only have a few silver hairs, Allen guided me through this build, and at this point in my life, I’m most frequently rocking a tidda bun - I’d say I’m right on track. 👌🏽
All reused & repurposed — the legs & sides are from an old mahogany church pue & the top is the old Punahou gym floor !
I found a few grey hairs today. I actually squealed out loud to myself & closely followed it up with a teenaged “fuck yea!” — acknowledging what I choose to believe - is the tangible result of my moving, sometimes trudging through this bizarre journey. I think grey is beautiful on a woman, especially when it’s “premature.”
I think aging is a delightful gift that we are constantly unpacking. Of course, there are times my body demonstrates to me that it’s transitioning, & that the immense strain that I have put on it for the majority of its existence is lingering about somewhere close-by, waiting for a goodnight kiss — gently reminding me that in a few years, I will not have the same physical range that I have right now. Part of my excitement for all of this is certainly fueled by my fantasies of a time when the little girl inside of me isn’t the one driving: for when I get to that stage of the relationship with my intuition, where one is taking a shit while the other is in the shower. You know?? I look forward to an irrefutable sense of self. 2 weeks away from 28 - feeeeeeeling Saturn’s Return. 👌🏽🤔😫🤪☺️🤫😶🤞🏽
What do you do when your best friend, your rock, the leader of your lady wolf pack, is home for the weekend from her first round of chemo & radiation treatment?
YOU SHOW UP IN SOLIDARITY. 🙅🏻♀️✊🏽
THESE. FUCKING. WOMEN. 🐺🐺🐺🐺🐺🐺🐺🐺
HAPPY NATIONAL AGRICULTURE DAY!
I went to an interesting event last night that focused on food. What struck me most is that the entire time I felt like we only talked about a particular side of food that only a small percentage of us get to experience. Phrases like “Farm-to-Table”, “sustainable agriculture”, and “affordable organic produce” were amongst the buzz words. And although the honorary chefs seemed to also be a bit turned off by these phrases, I noticed the audience still ate it up. The audience was also majority white people. Older, or middle-aged, established to some degree - & probably have never felt the gnaw of hunger for more than a few hours. And yes. That includes me. ✳️ after spending the past two years growing food in Wai’anae, & sharing space or touring people or groups of young students damn near DAILY, who have never actually grown any of their own food because they don’t have the money, the time, the knowledge, the access to land...(the list goes on & on) I sincerely have a lot of questions about the way we construct our conversations about agriculture.
How do we talk about food & the future of our food system - the future of our planet, and make it truly inclusive & digestible?
How does the Ag nerd keep in mind that most people have never even stepped foot on a farm, and don’t know the first thing about supporting local agriculture, or even why they should be eating less processed foods? How DO we actually feed people? In every way.
I’m going to think more on this while I enjoy my organic coffee & farm fresh eggs. 😏🙄
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