30. Low femme fat lady of color. Living in a small town between a lake, mountains, and the Canadian border. Midwestern girl at heart. Always keeping busy.
“As for nature, I am in love with the elemental forces, with fire and water, with gravity and evaporation and the properties of light, and there’s as much of that in the city. It’s in the way cream curls down into ice coffee and cigarette smoke coils up and the ice cubes in this drink are melting.”
– Rebecca Solnit, from A Field Guide To Getting Lost (via rustbeltjessie)
Taking Root tells the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy—a movement for which this charismatic woman became an iconic inspiration.
Born in Nyeri, Kenya, in 1940, Maathai went on to study at Mount St. Scholastica College in Atchison, Kansas where she obtained a degree in Biological Sciences in 1964. Maathai furthered her studies at the University of Pittsburgh where she graduated with a Master of Science degree in 1966, obtained a Ph.D. in 1971 from the University of Nairobi, where she also taught veterinary anatomy. This qualification saw Maathai make her history as she became the first woman in East and Central Africa to earn a doctorate degree. At the University of Nairobi, Maathai became chair of the Department of Veterinary Anatomy and an associate professor in 1976 and 1977 respectively, once again becoming the first woman to occupy those positions in the region.
Wangari Maathai is best known as the founder of the Green Belt Movement, which she founded in 1977, the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, and the author of the book ‘Unbowed’.
The Green Belt Movement is an environmental organization that empowers communities, particularly women, to conserve the environment and improve livelihoods.
Hello tumblr. I have been gone for a few days (my house was taken over by small, bickering children and then allergies) but you would never know because of my massive queue.
Today I went to a workshop of working with voice hearers that was facilitated by a Scottish voice hearer and his wife, a psychiatric nurse. They work from the perspective that hearing voices is a part of human existence, that many of the DSM’s symptoms of schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder are actually describing the social results of hearing voices, and that talking with the voices can be beneficial for the voice hearer and the worker. It was wonderful to hear from a mental health worker who actively experiences mental health issues when it often feels like those of us with mental illness (current of in the past) in the field shouldn’t disclose this to clients, even when it would build credibility with clients.