Yummy and Easy Bean Dip Recipe

Hello Barnard Friends

As we get into the depths of reading week I wanted to take a moment to remind you how important it is to STAY WELL: try to get 7-8 hours of sleep, come up for a breath of fresh air every couple of hours, and remember to eat!

 

Here is a recipe for a very easy-to-make bean dip that is delicious and full of healthy carbs and proteins.  Make a batch and eat it throughout the week.

**This recipe is vegan (extra toppings or mixings are optional)

 

1    can refried beans

1    can chopped tomatoes  – Mexican or ones with chillis

1    can pinto beans (black or kidney beans also work well)

1/4 tsp. (rounded)  Cumin

1/2 tsp. (rounded)  Thyme

1/8 tsp. black pepper

(you can then add some other favorite mixings.  I personally love olives, onions, sausage/chicken, but you choose 🙂 )

 

Mix all together and heat in oven, 325 degrees, until nice and warm,

about 30 min. (Top with grated cheese and let it melt)  Serve with corn chips, rice, salad, plain, etc.

 

Good luck with finals!

Love,

Vangie

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Let’s Talk About Trigger Warnings & How We Use Them

Roxane Gay wrote an article aptly called The Illusion of Safety/The Safety of Illusion about a number of interconnected things: her own trauma, her thoughts on living with it, and her conflicted feelings about the use of trigger warnings. Trigger warnings are important to many people, and especially familiar in feminist spaces. In my experience, trigger warnings are one of the ways we practice mindfulness about experiences that might be separate from ours. (We use them at Well-Woman and on this blog pretty often.) I’ve always viewed them as working in the service of wellness by offering important space and choices. Roxane Gay offers an interesting take, though; she doesn’t believe we shouldn’t use trigger warnings, but she does feel they’re more complicated than we usually take them to be.
 
“Many feminist communities use trigger warnings, particularly when discussing rape, sexual abuse, and violence. By using these warnings, these communities are saying, ‘This is a safe space. We will protect you from unexpected reminders of your history.’ Members of these communities are given the illusion they can be protected.
 
There are a great many potential trigger warnings. Over the years, I have seen trigger warnings for eating disorders, poverty, self-injury, bullying, heteronormativity, suicide, sizeism, genocide, slavery, mental illness, explicit fiction, explicit discussions of sexuality, homosexuality, homophobia, addiction, alcoholism, racism, the Holocaust, ableism, and Dan Savage.
 
Life, apparently, requires a trigger warning.

This is the uncomfortable truth—everything is a trigger for someone. There are things you cannot tell just by looking at her or him.

 

This–and the rest of her essay–brings up so many questions that we tend to put aside when we use trigger warnings because we use them in the service of other topics to which we pay more attention. Does selectively offering trigger warnings for certain experiences that are commonly considered especially traumatic invalidate the potentially traumatic effects of other experiences? Can trigger warnings ever be remotely ‘universally effective’? Who decides what makes a topic worthy of a trigger warning? On a different note, can a trigger warning sometimes be a trigger?

 
If trigger warnings do often succeed in creating an opportunity for readers and listeners to avoid being triggered by certain topics, Gay proposes that perhaps trigger warnings are indicative of a willingness to allow people to opt out of facing topics of trauma.  But the need for trigger warnings can’t be reduced to that, and she agrees. (I have a similar qualm with the process of offering people space to introduce their personal gender pronouns, even though it’s always been an important part of my thoughtful communities: perhaps PGPs, like trigger warnings, allow people to attempt to construct a safe space around themselves, and therefore they are our current best attempts at communicating deliberately. But there is another level at which the need for either, and the inability of these expressions to fully convey what we might like, make them frustrating and worthy of some interrogation.)
 
Gay ends on an important note: “Trigger warnings aren’t meant for those of us who don’t believe in them… Trigger warnings are designed for people who need them, who need that safety. Those of us who do not believe should have little say in the matter. We can neither presume nor judge what others might feel the need to be protected from.” This presents the same problem of our daily inability to predict what we might offer protection from. But she makes an essential point: for now, they are what we have to offer.
 
Thoughts?
 
-Lily