@cheerielane | #chezconversations | originally from smalltown, iowa
@cheerielane | #chezconversations | originally from smalltown, iowa
I have a new ritual of blasting the Nina Simone version of “Here Comes the Sun” every morning when the sun comes up. Look at these two cuties basking in her light. Note: that was actually exactly what @callmemargot looked like when she woke up, pjs and all. She was truly even reading that book.
Found some sneaky, unedited 8mm footage from @globaliza in a shared Dropbox 🍌🏄🏼♀️. (One of the many benefits of having a very integrated life with your best friends is you get some access to their brilliant archives. I could watch Liza’s raw footage all day, every day, whether it’s how she sees a stove or a grandma in Dubai or a nostalgic moment in Big Sur with @cleowade )
training with my dear friends ps Robert Sapolsky’s Behave is an excellent book. It’s long because of the footnotes, which I love, and because he avoids categorical thinking: “When you think categorically, you have trouble seeing how similar or different two things are. If you pay lots of attention to where boundaries are, you pay less attention to complete pictures.”
I've always liked math and been really good at it. I want to do a little today: 1 in 5* American women have been raped. There are 326 million US citizens. 163m are women. 163/5 = 32.6 million women in our country that have been raped. Look around you in whatever room you're in right now. Look around you at the next restaurant you go to. Look around you at thanksgiving next month. Look at the women and know we have some horrible stories (#metoo ), but also look at the men because it's not "a few bad seeds" accounting for that 32.6 million. Since only 6 out of every 1000 rapists in this country goes to jail, you have a really good shot at being in the presence of one. If that is a sickening to you as it is to me, I urge you to go to school to learn what we can do, both men and women, to stop sexual assault. It will lead you to want to do something about education policies, putting emotional intelligence and respect for women on the agenda. It will lead you to want to change how the judicial system handles sexual assault and to want to change employment policies. I hope it will lead you to change how you talk to your friends and sons. Also, rape results in 32,000 pregnancies each year, which is one of the many reasons abortion must remain legal and @plannedparenthood must remain open. With love and solidarity to my sisters. *CDC.gov
We need #guncontrol. We need policies that protect Americans. There's been a huge spike in guns manufactured in the US. After being flat for many years, 3.2m firearms were manufactured in 2004 to 10.3m guns manufactured in 2013. I made these drawings to illustrate research done by Boston University's, Michael Siegel. He's created a nonpartisan database of all state gun laws that can be map the impact of specific policy and gun violence: https://www.statefirearmlaws.org
I’m as geeky as they come so I can’t even tell you how delighted I was to have the honor of interviewing 20+ brilliant researchers from all over the country (meet a few ^ ) that are working on projects to investigate health outcomes of interventions outside of the realm of traditional health care. We know health is more than meds and doctors — it’s impacted by social determinants: utilities policy, food security, education, housing quality, criminal justice, and more. These researchers, with grants from Evidence for Action - a @RWJF program, are taking a rigorous look of the health outcomes of programs that range from how to structure low income housing developments to food bank dissemination programs to state’s drought policies to homelessness interventions and so much more. After 2 days of interviews, my insight from was that much of the potential for better health for our communities lies in out-of-the-box yet simple and implementable shifts in thinking and resources. Some examples: + Where you live has the biggest impact on health, more so than any hereditary factors. + 1 in 3 patients in the United States enters the hospital malnourished and their hospital stays will be 3x longer with costs up to 3x higher. Imagine the consequences if we considered healthy food as medicine? + Weatherizing a home impacts health. Many families in lower socio-economic brackets live in homes that don’t have access to efficient heating and cooling and aren’t protected from environmental dangers, which means more sick days, emergency visits, and money spent on heating and electric bills (instead of healthy food, for instance ). If you monetize the health-related savings of weatherization (insulation, roofing, etc. ), it’s 2-3x the energy savings. Weatherization pays when it comes to improving our health (and our environment ). More information about these researchers & their work at evidenceforaction.org 📹 + editing by @russroe !!!
🙂to see the homeland
bibimbap 📷 by @globaliza
as some of you know, I've been cooking up some popcorn with @brad schulte and I got to give some of my favorite people a taste this weekend. Can't wait to share with you. And such a pleasure to unite with @voyage_detudes + @karucollections , women making wonderful things, at the @handpopup 📸 the magical @ivanolita
@globaliza makes a morning visit and I put on some nice music and some coffee and revel in her special kind of magnificence
Our final destination was Abu Dhabi. Liza's film #amovingportrait of @zahralari captures the spirit and dedication of this trailblazer of a women. An ice skater in the desert! I will be cheering very loudly as we watch her become the first UAE Winter Olympian! 🎥 @globaliza 🎼 @callmemargot @nikewomen #internationalwomensday
Next, we went to Dubai to meet parkour athlete Amal Murad. As director @globaliza had @leap of.hope doing backflips and traversing obstacles for her #amovingportrait, she's maintains both her fierce determination. Our interview lasted hours. We were too captivated by Amal's wisdom and mindset to let her go home! Music by @callmemargot #internationalwomensday #iwd @nikewomen
As #internationalwomensday breaks in Moscow, I want to share a project featuring the wildly impressive Olympic Fencer @egorianiana that I had the pleasure of working on with my best friend & brilliant filmmaker @globaliza and a group of excellent women from @nikewomen Yana's #amovingportrait was made complete with music by @callmemargot Starting with customs in Moscow...
my friends and I definitely #istandwithpp, and the 2.5 million men and women they provide non-judgmental healthcare for annually by offering services like cancer screening via 270k Pap tests and 360k breast exams each year
Introducing @zahralari , a tenacious ice skater that is on her way to being the first Emirati Olympian in a beautiful moving portrait by @globaliza Liza and I had the great pleasure of getting to spend time with Zahra and her family in Abu Dhabi. Loads of gratitude to @callmeMargot & @ex_reyes , @russroe , @somethingartists , Sarah Remetch, and of course @nikewomen & co.
My beautiful date @sade1111 for the @metmuseum 's #makingmastry. We heard the brilliant force that is #kerryjamesmarshall tell us he doesn't understand the word failure and then we saw his exhibition - one of the best and most important that I've ever seen. Our world is lucky to have him in it.
#whyimarch (and march with @plannedparenthood ) because the generations of women that fought for equality in order to get us this far and with hope that the next generation of women will have it even better. #womensmarch
Over the holidays, @_attilio subjected himself to my hometown tour, which involved a Taylor's maid-rite milkshake before noon. I so so enjoyed getting to meet the @alive_mag crew.
And a damn beautiful thing (done w/ ms @cleowade )
I dreamt about accidentally letting a unicorn hamster out of its cage and then read the @newyorkermag piece on Kevin Esvelt over coffee. Gene editing! He argues we need to "change the way we do science" (fund, market and regulate ) to catch up to what's happening in the labs. (Fortunately @gatesfoundation & @mitmedialab get it and are incorporating transparency, social justice concerns and new funding models. ) It could mean the difference between gene manipulation leading to graceful, beautiful solutions or becoming a weapon or worse (poof! ). Anyway, I don't know what to make of this except that our world is fascinating and deserves the utmost respect! (📷 of 🌱 through 🌋 over one of the dakotas )
🏊🏻♀️⛰somewhere along the year, doing one of my favorite things: a perspective change.
Today, I learned to do axel jumps! (Ps @globaliza is the best to adventure with )
new levels of athleticism are being employed this week, fueled by the excellent women @globaliza and I have been encountering. How great is it that there's never a shortage of spectacular women to meet, no matter where in the world you are?
Me, now. Me, later. 💃🏼👠👡
a woman's closet
When it's baby @callmemargot 's birthday, you must get a chip, get some cheese, get a costume, put on some Gilmore Girls, invite friends over and celebrate her very unique brilliance! Love you so much, my dear friend. 🌽🐶🦄🐲
my hot tamales had quite a week! @cleowade released her first poetry print in a unique and sustainable way (cleowade.com ) in addition to @globaliza 's birthday and launch of her film, "The Age of Misinformation" (on @nowness & chezconversations.com ) couldn't be more proud of these impressive women!
All of us humans are made from the same asteroid water ☄️💫🌊 and we all rely on that water to keep us alive. My heart is with #standingrock as our brave sisters and brothers stand up for the essential right to have clean water. (Above 💦 from one of the best runs I've ever been on. )
a troupe of women celebrating the blessed birth of @lizavoloshin in front of #diegorivera's murals.
I'm perpetually blown away by @globaliza as a creative force and businesswoman and best friend. She's done it again with the debut of "The Age of Misinformation" on @nowness All of the #chezconversations gang got to participate including @callmemargot 's brilliant musical backdrop. Thank yous abound, especially to @audi #AudixWhitney
In #ATinyPoliticalZine (👏🏽 @miamoretti ), I wrote a letter to my home state senate candidate, #PattyJudge of Iowa: Dear Patty, You are an impressive human! The first female Secretary of Agriculture in Iowa, fighting for renewable energy. Championing equality in the Iowa Senate and as Lieutenant Governor. Getting 80k Iowans to quit smoking! A trusted Homeland Security Advisor. And now, stopping Chuck Grassley from a 7th term. Chuck is the man that abused his position as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee to obstruct President Obama's Supreme Court nomination. Thank you, Patty, for all you've done in the past and all you'll do in the future. Sincerely, Kate Greer (Find the full zine on chezconversations.com and on our good friend @aliceandolivia 's blog ) #senate #imwithher
It's #worldmentalhealthday. 1 in 5 american adults suffer from mental illness in any given year. That's over 40m in America alone. That's your sister, best friend, dad and neighbor. I feel very strongly that we need to provide good mental health help, and that we need to de-stigmatize getting it. Our mental health, like our physical health, is so precious and it is so worth our attention. (sketch from my travel journals on the #chezconversations site )
we have so much work to do