Justice for Lena

Originally posted on Bluestockings Magazine :

Trigger Warning: This article and Lena’s testimony include graphic depictions of sexual assault, violence and trauma.

Photo by Cynthia Fong Photo by Cynthia Fong

Earlier today, Brown University student, Lena Sclove, returned to campus to discuss the University’s unacceptable response to her sexual assault that occurred during the fall semester of 2013.

Lena was accompanied by her parents, Marcie and Richard Sclove, and the President of Road to Recovery, Inc., Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., who oversees a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual violence and their families. Friends, Brown students, and community members all gathered outside the Van Wickle Gates to hear her story.

On August 2, 2013, Lena was strangled twice and raped by a former friend, who is also a Brown University student. During the assault, she said “no” over seven times – she never once said “yes”. She had no doubt of the seriousness of the crime that…

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Celebrating Earth Day, Pawtuxet Market Opening Soon

From Steve Stycos:

The Friends of the Pawtuxet River and the West Bay Land Trust will be holding a trail and riverbank clean-up at the former DEM depot at 230 Warwick Ave, (on the Cranston side of the river across from Stop and Shop). The date is this Saturday 4/26 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon. Bring clippers, rakes, gloves or just yourself, for an hour or as long as you can spare. Help keep our riverbank and trail clear and trash-free.

We will also be planting 3 trees (2 sugar maples and a red maple) in the area now abandoned as vehicle storage by DEM. These trees will contribute to the re-naturalization of this portion of the trail and riverbank.

These are family-friendly activities open to folks of all ages and abilities. The trail is maintained by the Friends of the Pawtuxet River, an all-volunteer organization that has advocated for passive recreational use and restoration of the riparian habitat of the river for over 20 years. Maintaining and protecting this valuable natural area in our own backyard is the only way to preserve it for our own enjoyment and that of future generations.

The Pawtuxet Village Farmer’s Market opens our 12th season on Saturday May 10, the day before Mother’s Day. Come welcome back our farmers and vendors and get some good food and plants.

See you at the market, and the clean-up.

California: Record Numbers of 50 to 64 Year Olds Shacking Up with Parents.

Originally posted on THOMÉ REVIEW:

A recent study conducted by researchers at UCLA have found that the number of 50-64 year olds in California moving back into the homes of their even older parents has ballooned by 67% over the past 7 years. The study attempted to count only those who moved back in due to economic necessity, as opposed to other reasons such as caring for an aging parent.

As the LA Times reports:

For seven years through 2012, the number of Californians aged 50 to 64 who live in their parents’ homes swelled 67.6% to about 194,000, according to the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the Insight Center for Community Economic Development.

The jump is almost exclusively the result of financial hardship caused by the recession rather than for other reasons, such as the need to care for aging parents, said Steven P. Wallace, a UCLA professor of public health…

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Cool as a Cucumber-Dill-Avocado Soup

Kiersten Marek:

Looks good…

Originally posted on Niki Nutrition:


Spring has sprung-ish! Here in Montreal, Mother Nature is being a real woman and cannot seem to make up her mind. She keeps switching back and forth between winter and spring (mild days alternating with snowstorms, the Montreal usual tee hee…). Hopefully this summer-y recipe will hasten spring’s arrival :) . Spring clean your body with this cleansing and cooling gazpacho-type soup.

What you’ll need:

1 large organic English cucumber

1 large avocado, pitted

1/2 onion

1 tablespoon fresh dill

Juice of 1/2 lime

1 1/2 cups of cold water

1 teaspoon of sea salt

How-to go about making this:

1. Place all ingredients in a food processor.

2. Pulse until creamy and smooth.

3. Chill for 45 minutes or more.

4. Place the soup in your temple a.k.a. eat up.

To conclude with a fun fact, cucumbers contain silica which is an essential component of healthy connective tissue (skin, muscles…

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