A Conversation with Alice Walker

If you’re looking for a way to productively procrastinate on this beautiful Sunday afternoon, be sure to check out Democracy Now’s news hour from this past Friday, 9/28. Host Amy Goodman speaks with Alice Walker, on the 30th anniversary of her Pulitzer Prize winning book, “The Color Purple”.

Be sure to listen to the end of the show where Walker reads her new poem, “Democratic Womanism”, a beautifully written piece that provides an alternative perspective to the upcoming presidential election.

Read well, listen well. ūüôā


Sleep Tips for Back to School

I have trouble settling into sleep routines, especially when I’m in a new environment (like my room in Hewitt this semester) or when I’m stressed and hectic — sound familiar? If you’d like some tips for restful sleep, particularly useful in this transition period of getting back into the swing of things at school, check out this post over at Zen Habits.

Also strongly recommended: drinking herbal tea! Whether mint, chamomile, or another favorite, I find that both the soothing warmth as well as the ritual of taking time for myself to unwind can be really helpful on days when I’ve been stressed and might have trouble sleeping.

Where can you get herbal tea, you ask? Oh yeah…the Well Woman office! Stop by our office hours (in 119 Reid — two lefts when you enter the Brooks entrance of the Quad) from 7 — 9 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday to grab a cup and relax.



As we approach the end of the first month of classes I’d say we all deserve a productive and fun distraction! ¬†I only got this pattern two days ago and the yarn colours I have at school are¬†definitely¬†not Hobbes colours (*ahem* neon green and¬†fuchsia¬†colour gradients…)… but when I get the right ones I will start making my own Hobbes. ¬†When he’s done (let’s be real, probably over winter break) I’ll post my results.

Maybe somebody wants to try their hand at their own Hobbes when they come to knitting club tomorrow from 7-8pm right here in the office.

fun events!

Howdy friends!

I want to write this post to inform you all about some really great events coming up! ¬†October 1st-5th is AXő© is presenting a full week of informative events for DIVAS for DVAS (Domestic Violence Advocacy and Support)! ¬†Here is the flyer:

The events:

Monday 10/1: at 6:30-9pm in Lerner room 555 there will be a Domestic Violence Awareness Panel

Tuesday 10/2: from 12-3pm Lerner Ramp table 1 there will be a table to make your own purple DVA ribbon for the week and to buy some delicious baked goods!

AND 8-10pm in the Lerner Broadway Room there will be a Domestic Violence Awareness Art Exhibit you can drop in to check out

Wednesday 10/3: from 12-3pm  Lerner Ramp 1 Alpha Chis will be tabling for you to come by and check out the DVA Clothesline Project!

AND 9-11pm in Lerner Party Space there will be a Self Defense Class with Krav Maga!

Thursday 10/4: from 7-10pm in Lerner West Ramp Lounge there will be a screening of Carolyn the Silent Secret followed by a discussion

Friday 10/5: from 9-11pm in Roone Arledge Auditorium there will be a Divas 4 DVAS Performance Showcase!!

Doesn’t that sound like a great, informative lineup of events?? ¬†I think so! ¬†I’m so please by how active our chapter of¬†AXő© is in our philanthropy (FYI: for anyone who doesn’t know me here on the blog–which should be most of you since this is my first post–I’m Lauren and I am in¬†AXő©). ¬†I hope some of you read this before the week and get excited for our events, or you come to them because you see our flyers are interest is sparked. ¬†Either way I would love it if you would leave a comment if you go to our events or you stop by our tables in Lerner!

‚̧ Lauren

Good Mornings

I am one lucky gal ‚Äď for a number of reasons. But the reason I’m thinking of is this: I don’t have class until 11:40 a.m. That’s right. The earliest I have to be out of the door in the morning is 11:20. It isn’t even that I’m not a morning person ‚Äď I am! In fact, being a morning person is the best part about not having early classes, because it leaves me the whole morning to do what I want. Usually this means working through the reading (dense, tricky, long) for my Critical Approaches to Social and Cultural Theory class… but not until after I’ve set aside some time to wake up well. You don’t need to be an early riser to have a great morning, but I find that my best days start with at least fifteen slow minutes of easing in.

Here’s what that looks like:

1. Breakfast ‚Äď the most important (and most delicious) meal of the day. I eat it sitting down at my desk, where I can look out onto Claremont Ave. Recipe for granola coming soon.
2. Coffee, of course. (“The tenth way of knowing,” har har)
3. The Writer’s Almanac, because who doesn’t want to hear Garrison Keillor read them a poem every morning?
4. Some morning music! Here’s a little fall morning playlist for you, from me.