i wish more feminists would talk about their desire for love

i wish more feminists would talk about their desire for love. or their desire for marriage. or their desire for a relationship. i wish our generation would stop talking about how important it is to protect their individuality and understand the beauty in human connections and the desire to feel connected to others. you can still be a strong, independent, confident, bold person and talk about loving motherhood and loving to be a wife/partner/girlfriend and loving to be in love. you can still be a strong, independent, confident and secure person while expressing your desire to find a partner. it seems like the messages of independence and deep self-worth, the “I can do it by myself and I don’t need anyone” is pushing people away from being able to feel ok with needing, or wanting others. i really believe that you must love yourself in order to love others well, but i don’t think that means we have to reject a, b and c things because they take away from our individuality. our relationships obviously don’t identify us as individual women, but they contribute to who we are, which informs a part of our identity. ok, i’m done ranting!

Friends who like astrology, looks like we may be seeing some big shifts shortly

Friends who like astrology, looks like we may be seeing some big shifts shortly. (Crosses fingers that it’s the shift I’m looking for!) Thanks Tracy for the report!
My favorite quote: “we should pay very close attention to any optimistic moments that come out of the blue. And then ask yourself how can you build upon that moment? Is it a kind gesture from some random person? How can you incorporate that concept into changing your opinion on humans? Is it a gift from the universe in some other way? Someone calls you up and says, “I have ____ , I don’t want it any longer do you know anyone who could use it?” And it turns out YOU are that person who could use it. Look at all these random moments and use them to build a new path. “

Okay, this meme sounds like fun, and a good test of my memory from 30 years ago or more: How well do you know your MOM? Copy, paste, and fill-in your…

Okay, this meme sounds like fun, and a good test of my memory from 30 years ago or more:
How well do you know your MOM? Copy, paste, and fill-in your answers.
1. She is sitting in front of the TV, what is she watching? General Hospital, every day, even if we had to rush home from somewhere else!
2. Usually, what dressing does she use on her salad? French
3. Name something she hates? Anyone dropping the f-bomb
4. What does she like to drink? Lukewarm Folgers coffee with milk. For alcohol, forawhile she was into … what was it? A Tequila Sunrise? “Something” Sunrise, but tequila sounds unlikely. Her usual alcoholic drink was a High Ball, which I discovered recently that some bartenders don’t know: whiskey with coke.
5. Favorite music? Country
6. What is her nickname for you? I don’t remember having a nickname as a child, but as a teenager, a little boy who my sister babysat for pronounced my name “Wootso” and it stuck with my family
7. What is something she collects? what were those called … green stamps? And coupons, and twist ties from bread. Oh, how I remember emptying ancient coupons and crumby twist ties out of the junk drawer under the breadboard! I don’t remember her collecting anything as a hobby, really.
8. What would she do every day if she could? I’m thinking, go out to eat instead of cooking.
9. What is her favorite color? Green (like me!)
10. What would she NEVER wear? Tattoos or blonde hair dye
11. What is her favorite sports team? Whatever t-ball team her first grandson played for. Other than that, meh!
12. What is something that you do that she wishes you didn’t? Ha, curse! And *not* go to mass.
13. You bake her a cake. What kind of cake do you make? I can’t remember if she had a favorite. If I were baking something FOR her, though, I’d either make a cheesecake or my Morona Torte because I’d love to know what she’d think of either of them.
14.Favorite animal? I think she liked cats, although we were never allowed one in the house … unless there was a mouse to catch! She wasn’t a fan of dogs.
15. What could she spend all day doing? Playing with her grandchildren
16. Who is her favorite child? David, for sure!
So, how’d I do, sibs? John, Chris, Tpcm, Chuck? Do you have more accurate memories than I do?

Social Tables was one of the first, small angel investments I made when I was just learning how to invest in startups

Social Tables was one of the first, small angel investments I made when I was just learning how to invest in startups. I couldn’t have asked for a better team to watch and learn from than Dan Berger and his merry band of SocialTablers. Great to see them hit this next milestone and continue their march to transform event planning and DC Tech!

Hey Boston – reminder that this Action Group Meet Up is happening tomorrow (Sat 2/25 4pm)

Hey Boston – reminder that this Action Group Meet Up is happening tomorrow (Sat 2/25 4pm). Please joins us, bring others and share with your friends in the Boston area. Invite below. Hope to see you there!
Dear Friends,
Boston and Massachusetts’ first MEET-UP to organize will be Saturday, February 25th from 4-6pm at First Parish in Cambridge. I will be there to lead the event. More info about us at actiongroups.net. Feel free to bring friends share this invite with your network.
Details:
WHEN:
Saturday, February 25th, 2017
4pm to 6pm
RSVP ar actiongroups.net
(Or you can just show up. RSVPs just help us gauge numbers.)
WHERE:
First Parish in Cambridge
3 Church Street, Harvard Square
Cambridge, MA 02138
MISSION
With others, I created this network in response to the election. The purpose of these groups is to gather people locally to commit to action items on a range of progressive issues.
To date people from all 50 states and over 150 cities have begun to participate. The response has been massive and inspiring. We want you to participate as well.
AGENDA FOR MEETING
At the meeting I will offer concrete actions you all can take. But more importantly, everyone who wants to will get an opportunity to offer concrete actions of their own. Once we have a list of action items, we will organize groups by action areas with concrete, focused aims. If you already have an organization in place, GREAT! Come tell us about it and sign people up to your group.
WHO WILL BE THERE
People from all over the region, all walks of life, backgrounds and professions. Please INVITE FRIENDS who you know who want to get active. PASS THE WORD. Everyone is welcome, but please let us know if you plan to make it – RSVP HERE.
If you would like VOLUNTEER to help with setting-up and running the event, please email Autumn at autumn@actiongroups.net.
WHAT IF I CAN’T MAKE IT?
No worries. There will be more meetings and opportunities to join groups that form Monday. But come if you can, even if you have to arrive late or leave early. The first meeting is an important one.
QUESTIONS?
If you have any questions or I left anything out of this email, just ask by replying to this email. Put BOSTON MEET-UP in the subject line please.
Look forward to seeing a lot of you Saturday!
Onwards!
Beau

Beautiful night under the stars with the sound of the ocean before us

Beautiful night under the stars with the sound of the ocean before us. Spending tonight with the most special person in my life. Who better to spoil on this day than the woman who brought me into the world and has been my personal guru, and most treasured Goddess. We are both celebrating with different emotions driving our sentiments. This morning she said the only time I have ever been really early for anything was my birth. She said I came out in 45 minutes!!! Love at first sight!! Thank u God!!

Stolen from a friend: Feeling mindful of the loaded nature of Mother’s Day for all who have ambivalent relationships with mothers, lost their mothers…

Stolen from a friend: Feeling mindful of the loaded nature of Mother’s Day for all who have ambivalent relationships with mothers, lost their mothers and miss them, never knew their mothers, lost their children, are estranged from children, never could have children… My heart is with you. Treat yourself gently. <3

Great profile in Business Insider on our new Brooklyn campus

Great profile in Business Insider on our new Brooklyn campus. Amazing work by Maggie O’Neill, Warren Weixler, Rachel Haot, Rianna Mallard, and team in getting our Beta Campus ready to go. I can’t wait to start sharing more about the game changing partnerships that we’ve lined up to bring together startups, institutions, and policymakers in New York City.

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