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Though the Church of England has some notoriously anti-woman roots (Beheading of Anne Boleyn? Rejection of Queen Elizabeth?), this influential Anglican institution is slowly making its way into the 21st century.   As of yesterday, July 14, women can officially be ordained to serve as bishops in the Church of England. Nice! Delayed, but nice!! The vote was met with (almost) unanimity in the House of Bishops, which is a big step up from the 2012 vote - which ... Read More
Being a Pagan in 2014 is weird. I can’t imagine where I’d be without the fantastic witchy bloggers I follow or the Etsy accounts that keep me in stock with my spells and crystals.  I won’t lie, I’m new to being a witch – but part of what I love about Paganism and Wicca is the rich history behind these beliefs. Recently, LIFE Magazine re-published what they've called a “strikingly weird feature” about ... Read More
That is not a typo. Yes you, YOU RIGH THERE, have a chance of winning a day on the set of the Masterpiece Classic hit, Downton Abbey.  Have you ever wondered what Lady Mary smells like (no, just me?) or how to set up a table for a proper British supper? By making a $10 donation, benefitting Be The Change Philippines relief, you and a friend will be one step closer to answering these unsolved mysteries. The grand prize includes airfare and hotel for 2 and ... Read More
  Mermaid mythology reaches far and wide, informing the ways in which cultures view young women: they are fertile, tempting, majestic, and powerful. Able to empathize with human beings, they inhabit worlds of fantasy and terror, luring fisherman away from their daily catch with sweet music and sweeping gestures of the tail.   Portugal    In her series Milk & Sea, the photographer Hana Vojáčková imagines the mermaids ... Read More
  Self-taught taxidermist Nicola Hebson has been doing taxidermy for approximately two years. She decided to take up the craft after pondering how she could make use of her collection of natural objects, and is now is on course to help others take up her unusual craft. The 23-year-old, who runs her own taxidermy business, is launching a "Taxidermy for Beginners" class at her local Museum in Blackburn, England.     As a ... Read More
  Self-taught taxidermist Nicola Hebson has been doing taxidermy for approximately two years. She decided to take up the craft after pondering how she could make use of her collection of natural objects, and is now is on course to help others take up her unusual craft. The 23-year-old, who runs her own taxidermy business, is launching a "Taxidermy for Beginners" class at her local Museum in Blackburn, England.     As a ... Read More
Meet Dachiya Atkinson, a 6-year-old b-girl prodigy, hailing all the way from England.  Yes, you read that correctly: Dachiya is 6 years old and a b-girl.  For all of you rhythmically-challenged readers out there, b-girling/boying (also known as break-dancing) is a style of street dance that started right here in New York City in the early 1970s.  The dance is very physical and challenging (break being the operative term), which makes Dachiya ... Read More
Activist Malala Yousafzai is unstoppable. In the past year, she has gone from surviving an assassination attempt to speaking at the United Nations to being nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Did we forget to mention the fact that she just celebrated her 16th birthday? Malala’s powerful message is one of gender equality, especially in the world of education.   Yesterday, in her self-proclaimed second home of Birmingham, Malala continued her quest for ... Read More
Trigger warning: This post references child sexual abuse, victim-blaming. Here’s your dose of bad news in victim-blaming of the day: A trial involving a 13-year-old girl and the 41-year-old man who had sex with her ended a few days ago amid outcry over the man’s suspended sentence - and the child’s having been called a “sexual predator” by Judge Nigel Peters. Writer Caroline Criado-Perez, who spearheaded the campaign to put Jane ... Read More
Although our summer may be coming to an end, there are still some horses out there whose vacations are just about to start. Yes, even our equine friends need a vacation sometime! Especially the hard working horses at Wadworth Brewery in Wiltshire, Great Britain.  The horses spend most of the year carrying around beer in Wiltshire, with the exception of two glorious horse-play filled weeks. Wadworth Brewery visitors are encouraged to come see the horses, ... Read More
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