Mining in Michigan

A guest post from Regan Sonnabend of Spotlight on Sustainability: As I arrived at the American Indian Center of Chicago for “Water at Risk: A Tribal Leaders Perspective” — a program about the dangers of proposed mining in the Midwest — on August 17, chairs were being added to the seating area to accommodate the impressive attendance. The event was moderated by Doug Kiel, PhD., Assistant Professor of History...Read More

GDI

I’m a suburban girl, like millions across the land. My early childhood was spent in various (mostly western) suburbs of Chicago. My years were splintered into stints of various town/home/school combos, where we landed for a period of time due to the latest parental job. I don’t remember much about these years in the ‘burbs, but they were formidable enough to make their mark. Somehow, at...Read More

Weather or Not

Last November, on a frigid, wet morning, when the weather began to dip into uncomfortably cold temperatures, I walked into work followed by a co-worker known for his sarcastic remarks. Upon stepping indoors, he unzipped his jacket and proclaimed “I can’t wait to talk about the weather today! Did you see the weather? The weather is the weather!” I immediately buckled over in laughter, mostly because...Read More

Vision in an Eclipse

Here's a picture of today's solar eclipse from the vantage of St. Louis. As Sky Sisters, we would be remiss to not mention this AMAZING sky event, right?! While today's event had nothing to do with our minuscule selves in this gigantic galaxy (outside of the fact that we could sit back and enjoy it), we all *critically* need to have a baseline understanding of science,...Read More

The Woman We Need Most

She has a power and grace that is loved and appreciated in some form by everyone which is particularly remarkable because she doesn’t communicate verbally. She doesn’t speak. Most don't seem to think it’s necessary to hear from her. They're content — even happy — that she won’t engage in a conversation. There are those, after all, who think that women should be seen not heard,...Read More
Dark Shopping Day

Branded

I admit it: I love brands. I drool over breezy Chloe gowns in Vogue and fratty Patagonia jackets. I even get off on a classic blue Croc. As aware as I am of the unsustainable, consumptive nature of capitalism, I am aware that I love consuming. What’s worse, I am a recent college graduate who has a budget big enough to cover my basic needs and...Read More