All posts tagged: Community

“Queer Eye” Makes Me Believe Again

The most positive, encouraging, and uplifting thing in this shit storm right now is the reboot of “Queer Eye.”  Chalk full of acceptance and personal growth, these five gay men guide a straight man in each episode to leveling up his grooming, style, culinary, home, and self-confidence game. This season all takes place in Georgia and I was curious to see how they dealt with different worldviews from more traditionally-minded folk.  I was pleasantly surprised to see wonderful exchanges on perspectives and respectful discourse on issues such as police brutality, gender norms in gay relationships, and religious intolerance of gay folks. While I might not agree with the perspectives shared, what I found most insightful was how they modeled engaging in a difficult dialogue.  So often (especially in the traditional South) people shy away from engaging in conversation on controversial topics such as the ones mentioned above.  The problem?  Avoidance creates ignorance.  While experiential learning feels gross, it is one of the best ways to transform the dysfunctional ways we see the world. Challenge: think …

Little Free Pantry Meet Over Bake Section

About ten years ago I lived in a shed in a friend’s grandparents’ backyard.  I didn’t have enough money or support to take care of myself so they let me live there rent-free for nine months to get back on my feet.  During this time I became lactose intolerant because I didn’t have a way to refrigerate food.  I primarily lived off carbs, fruit, water, and veggies via shift meals at the restaurants I worked. My life is a lot different now and I definitely have a lot to be grateful for: I own my home, have a steady job (a few actually), a great partner, and generally okay fur babies.  I still remember what it was like to scramble to figure out how to feed myself and the way I give back is bread donations to the many Athens’ Little Free Pantries (LFP). Thinking you don’t have enough money to donate bread?  You do!  Almost every grocery store with a bakery has an over bake section.  When I grocery shop I swing by the …

March Reads: Review of “Devil in the White City”

This past January I ran into an former coworker of mine.  We worked together ~ 5 years ago, she had moved around a bunch, and then returned to Athens, GA recently.  When we worked together she started a book club for our fellow coworkers and it made me read much more than I would on my own so I asked her, “hey, what are your thoughts on starting up that book club?” and she agreed! Thus the Biscuits and Books (BABs) book club began (I’ll fill you in later on how the name came to be 🙂 ). The first book was “The Devil in the White City,” a non-fiction that reads like a novel about the Chicago World’s Fair and follows the lead architect Daniel Burnham and arguably American’s first serial killer H.H. Holmes.  Erik Larson writes an incredibly engaging tale of the awesome magnitude of the fair and of Holmes’ perverse urges.  Larson also mentioned social movements that crystallized because of the Chicago World’s Fair and which still affect us today including mandatory …