Can you actually "marry" a building?

Don’t tell me fiction is stranger than truth. I have been writing both for years now, and I have yet to find something made up that rivals reality. You can view this as one of those times.According to her Facebook page, today is wedding day for Babylonia Aivaz of Seattle. She was all set–as in gown and all–to wed a 107-year old building, until a demolition crew got in the way and forced her to move her marriage up to last Thursday....more

Kim of Just a Conservative Girl: On Finding Power in Local and State Politics

It's 2012, and I hope everyone had a great holiday and enjoyed ringing in the New Year, especially as it promises to be a truly interesting one on the election front! I hope you're enjoying BlogHer's "Why I'm Political" series, as I get to talk with women bloggers from around the web about what they're focused on now that the 2012 presidential primary season is in full swing....more

The Girl Who Silenced the World for Five Minutes

Her name is Severn Cullis-Suzuki and she is the daughter of world-renown environmentalist activist David Suzuki....more
 @thetreehugger Wouldn't that be the most perfect outcome? God bless her...and us...that we can ...more

Miss Representation and the Beauty of the Internet

Newest Miss Representation Trailer (2011 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection) from Miss Representation on Vimeo. ...more

I Am Not Giving Up

Yesterday, I got this email in my inbox:Dear Jo,Thank you so much for sharing your story on – I’m so glad it was able to reach so many people. I’d like to feature your follow-up post today on the homepage of
@Hopin2bHappy Thank you friend. You all supporting me helps me be brave.more

Food for The Soul: Poetry That Pierces Injustice

By Sarah Browning, cross-posted at On The Issues Magazine...more

Make Your Mark

I’ve learned a few things in the past couple of years. Some lessons have been deep: I am mortal.Some have not: These lips and lipstick don’t mix....more

Thoughts on National Coming Out Week

This is National Coming Out Week. And though we'll focus on celebrating the queer community, it's not a holiday.  And despite the fact that its whole existence is due to prejudice and hate, it's not a memorial.   Image: dbking via FlickrPictured is the late gay rights activist, Frank Kameny, who passed away yesterday at age 86....more
Right on! Closets are for clothes!!!more

Social Change:

Music is Medicine founder Leora Friedman, 19, writes to heart of Gold Girls: "I was five years old when I started singing, and I was ten when I started taking guitar lessons. Music was my hobby. It didn’t define me or inspire me – it was a creative outlet, a form of self-expression. It wasn’t until I was fifteen that music truly changed me....more