2014 Women of the Year

Another 365 days has gone by! 2014 proved to be a year in which our online selves became increasingly merged with our offline lives, whether it was in the radical act of posting selfies, in binge-watching TV or streaming podcasts, or in determining what we read or how we teach our children. The common thread that connects many of the notable women of the past year is how they used their Internet lives as an extension of their work, whether they are entertainers, activists, or athletes. ...more
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Creator of #IllRideWithYou Speaks Out on Hashtags and Solidarity

Have you been following the hashtag #IllRideWithYou on Twitter? It's the latest example of online solidarity, with all the many recent discussion about how to be an ally to a less privileged group (think: #CrimingWhileWhite and the recent blog post by The Blind Side subject Leigh Anne Tuohy). ...more
Reading through these posts yesterday blessed me with so much hope for humanity. I needed every ...more

VitaSoy Milk and Tofu Add Asian Flair to Baking

This post is sponsored by our partners at VitaSoy. Read on for some tasty ideas for baking with soy milk and tofu. ...more

Gifts That Support Diversity and Intersectional Feminism

Perhaps you have a person in your life whose holiday wishes lean toward social justice, feminism, or diversity. Sure you could buy them a present at the mall... but why not give a gift that affirms their values and also supports an independent artist or a good cause? I've been searching the Internet for items. Read on to check them out. NEXT=======> First stop, the bookstore. ...more
HapaMamaGrace this is awesome! Thank you Grace!! rgay BlogHermore

Rain Watch 2014 and a Throwback Thursday

Have you heard? It’s going to RAIN in the Bay Area. Schools in San Francisco, Oakland, Marin and Sonoma and closed and some workplaces are closing for the day ....more

Pardon Me? Why Should Mark Wahlberg Be Pardoned For His Racial Hate Crimes?

[Update 12/12/2014: The Daily Mail reports that the one of the men beaten by Mark Wahlberg, Johnny Trihn says he was blinded in one eye while fighting in the Vietnam War and now would like to see Wahlberg get a pardon. --Grace] Pardon me, Mark Wahlberg? ...more
Dorchester was a rough place for Mark Wahlberg growing up and the odds were stacked against him. ...more

Ways to Make Your Home Remodel More Energy Efficient

One of the big benefits of remodeling our home is that we have a chance to add many features that will make it more energy efficient — and help cut down on our future power bills. Since we live in California, current building codes already include many energy saving measures, and because we want to do as much as possible to reduce strain on our natural resources (and keep our gas and electric bills low), we added even more features. 5 Ways to Save Energy With Your Home Remodel 1 ....more

#CrimingWhileWhite #AliveWhileBlack: What the Internet is Saying about Race and Police

Something interesting has been happening on Twitter. In light of the recent acquittals of white police officers in the deaths of black men, there have been quite a few online discussions about the role of race plays in how the law is enforced. The hashtag #CrimingWhileWhite has been trending, along with #AliveWhileBlack....more
Pink Curlers Thank you, I appreciate that! Just trying to capture the myriad of perspectives on ...more

I Was Touched By a Random Act of Kindness

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, we went to Southern California to visit HapaPapa’s family. Along with the usual turkey dinner, shopping, and football watching, we made a trek to the La Brea Tar Pits and The Grove. At the end of a long day, we decided to stop at the historic Farmer’s Market for dinner ....more

Eric Garner and Police Killings of Black Men: How Can We See Things So Differently?

There’s an old newsroom adage that if you want to get a feel for what people are really thinking about current events, you need to go to the barbershop. Early Wednesday, a New York City grand jury announced its decision not to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the July death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who was killed after police attempted to arrest him for selling untaxed cigarettes on the sidewalk. ...more
Judith Liebaert Eric Garner told the police that he couldn't breathe ELEVEN times.  After he ...more