October 2, 2013
Volume one, Issue one
Masacre de tlatelolco 45째 aniversario
CHAI, CHAI, CHAI
Seriously, try this stuff. plus: stolen cats / crafty corinne (and friends) / poetry
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Contents 4 Tlatelolco Massacre
8 Catnapping in Eugene
6 Crafty Corinne
10 Chai, recipes and more!
A student movement started in the 60’s and the And not good kind of catnap, when you eat too government’s reaction to their demonstrations. many scooby snacks and end up catnappin’ the day away.
I give you the low-down on my handmade I unpack all the flavors behind what makes purse project and my experience this summer chai tasty, invigorating, and the perfect drink selling jewelry at the 7th Annual Whiteaker for the chilly months to come. Block Party.
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Letter from Corinne W
elcome to the first ever issue of Corinne Quarterly! If you’re reading this, then you’re most likely interested in what I have to say. This is Me: The Magazine, after all. I’m using this Quarterly as a creative way to get through to the lovely people in my life, tell you about things I find interesting, and let you all know what I’ve been up to. If you’re reading this and couldn’t care less, then why are you readin’ my shit? What you see in this magazine is all written and designed by me. The photos, however, are mostly pulled from Creative Commons or taken by people I know. I’ll have some consistent topics, like Crafty Corinne, poems, and articles I’ve written for the University of Oregon School of Journalism. I decided to write my own piece on the Tlactelolco Massacre of 1968 because I learned about it in a Mexican-American History class and was surprised with my never having heard of it before. Also, it happened on October 2, my birthday, so I thought this issue would be a good space to write about it. This academic year, I start my job as Copy Chief for Flux magazine at UO. I won’t be writing for them, but I’ll edit every article on the website and the print issue in June. We will see how well I can keep up with my own project. I plan on an issue every three months, on the second day (hence, “Quarterly”). This issue, October 2, 2013, is (hopefully) released on my 23rd birthday. The next will be released January 2, 2014, etc. I’m thrilled that you are one of my readers, and would love to know what you think about the all this and if you have any ideas for me to write about. Follow me on Twitter @supcorinne and Instagram @corinnstagramm
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Masacre de Tlatelolco Octubre dos de 1968
Forty-five years ago today, hundred of students, children, women, and police were slaughtered in the Three Cultures Plaza in Tlatelolco, Mexico City. TLATELOLCO, Mexico City — It was Wednesday, October 2, 1968, at 5 p.m. Ten days before the Olympics began in Mexico City. Stakes were high as Mexico attempted to prove themselves industrialized and economically sound. Students at this time were protesting the authoritarian government in Mexico. On this day, 8,000 people— students, leaders, professors, mothers, children, fathers— filled Plaza de las Tres Culturas, listening to student leaders and gathering in a peaceful demonstration. Government documents from the time viewed students as the perpetrators of violence and political unrest, bound to strike with bombings, kidnappings, or assassinations. Around 5 p.m., the military moved in and surrounded the Plaza. 4 | Corinne Quarterly
Accounts recall a helicopter dropping a flare, then the shooting began. Tanks rolled in, unloading soldiers and armed men. Shots rained from the Chihuahua building, ten stories up. The bullets showed no bias, as police and soldiers were also injured and killed. The next day a clean-up crew was sent in to wash the blood off
“En La Plaza de Tres Culturas, llueve.” the plaza and pick up the dead. Most videos and photos from the massacre were not released until 40 years later, when a new president was elected. Videos scan over hundreds injured, lying in the plaza. It’s impossible to know how
many had been shot. Even today, a total death count is unknown. Local newspapers released 29 as the death toll, the government said four students died and 20 injured. Photos from the day show men adorned in a white glove on their left hand. These men were from the Olympia Brigada, a government security branch made up of soldiers, police officers, and federal security agents. These whitegloved men broke into the rooms where student leaders were talking, beat and stripped the students loaded them buses, and took them to Uno, a military camp. Some students were never heard of again. For more information, read this article NPR wrote (and listen to the radio clip). Las Claves de la Masacre is a documentary with interviews from people who were at the massacre.
La Casa de Miel y Las Abejas Muertas Mi casa se llama La Casa de Miel porque las personas que vivieran aqu铆 antes de yo tuvieron colmenas de abejas, cultivaron miel, y tuvieron un gran sauce.
My house is called the Honey House because the people who lived here before me had beehives, harvested honey, and had a giant willow tree.
Hay abejas en mi patio, a veces, con confuci贸n y vertigo, se arrastran, buscando para la colmena.
There are honeybees on my porch, sometimes, with confusion and dizziness, they crawl, looking for their honeycomb.
No la pueden encontrar, entonces se mueren.
They cannot find it, then they die.
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3-Day Cabin Project
â€™ve made a few purses, but this one is my favorite so far. Most the time I reuse fabrics, taking materials from my bin of scraps or old clothes. This purse is made from an old shirt and wool I had left over from a backpack project a few years ago.
Lining: a cheap, torn collared shirt. Front and depth: Blue handmade wool from Alaska, taken from a pair of pants. Back and flap: Black handmade wool from Alaska, taken from a skirt. 6 | Corinne Quarterly
started with a square front, cut to fit my scraps. I then cross-stiched the two pockets on. Moving on to the lining, I removed the buttons from the shirt and folded the edge over the front top and cross-stitched there, too. Next, I cut a 2-inch wide strip to make depth and a sturdy strap. As I pinned this to the front piece, I worked the lining through and made a trim all the way around. I made the thread four times thicker here so it wouldnâ€™t break and come apart. The front and back are one long piece that folds over, so I sewed that to the edge, with trim poking out. I also whip-stitched this with quadruple thread. Folding over an even edge around the front flap, I was left with a curve from the tailor of the shirt. This, I lined along the bottom corner and up the left side of the flap for decoration (see below). For the strap, I cut strips from both wools and sewed them onto the edge piece. I cut slits in the Blue strip and weaved the Black through three times. This created a cinch to shorten the purse by tying the two straps together. Serendipity!
This whole project was completely free-hand, working as I went, cutting and trimming every step. The materials fit together much better than I expected. My neck was sore for a day, but Iâ€™m proud of the results and know this is a sturdy piece that will last!
Whiteaker Block Party
(Above) Ali and my booth was on VanBuren, up the street from Ninkasi. Photo by Joshua Finch. (Bottom left) Since my hair has been long enough to braid, I’ve been making leather hair ties with beads and feathers. They tie onto the end of a braid and hold it snug. These are for sale, so contact me! I take custom orders! (Below) Bekah Ellis was our best customer of the day! She bought a pair of leather ear wraps, and two leather hair ties.
Leather Feather Hair Ties
li Cooper (The Polydactyl Cat) and I shared a booth at this year’s Whiteaker Block Party. The Block Party represents local music, businesses, beer, food, crafters, and notorious characters of Eugene. Ali and I braided hair and hung out at our booth all day selling our handmade accessories. Ali makes fairy-inspired ear wraps and scarves adorned with lace, chains, and studs. I displayed my collection of earrings and necklaces I’ve designed the past few years. The hit of the event were the leather hair ties I recently came up with (see below). Ali and I braided hair for free with purchase of a hair tie, and we had a good amount of people stop by, especially as it got hotter. I was saying that day, “Vending over attending,” because most people would wander through the block once, get bored and/or hot, and want to leave. Our booth was in the shade all day, Ali’s (sort of) bald cat Milo even got to join us for a bit, and people were coming by to hang out all day. It was a blast!
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The Big, Bad Catnappers Craigslist is updated daily with reports of people missing their cats; some owners won’t accept that their pet has simply ran away, so what is happening to them?
Rafiki went missing the evening of September 14,
2011. After telling a neighbor to stop speeding through their neighborhood, Rafiki went missing a few days later. Tammy Roepelle searched high and low, posted on Craigslist, visited animal shelters and dumping locations, and asked her neighbors if they’d seen him. She was told Rafiki was last seen being picked up by a man. “I confronted my neighbor about it, and he’d just smile and laugh,” Roepelle said. “I think his taking Rafiki was a form of retaliation.” The man may have dumped Rafiki somewhere in Springfield or Eugene, sold him, thrown him in the Willamette River, or worse. Roepelle hopes for the best and regularly reposts her missing cat ad in search of Rafiki. She’s had some contacts, but most have been false leads or rude comments. Some have tried to work her for money and asking for a reward. “Some trips were over 30 miles away,” Roepelle said. “The head games they enjoyed playing to torment and so on. I think you get the idea of how jerks can be cruel to others.” Pet theft is a Class C Felony. Up to two million pets are stolen each year for a number of different reasons. Some are “flipped” — or stolen and sold — some are used for fur or meat, and others are moved by irritated neighbors. “They don’t like cats because they climb on their clean cars, fight with their cats, or they come down in their yard and use it as a toilet,” Roepelle said. “They have idiotic reasons,” she adds. Roepelle said that in the Thurston area, hungry transients have been known to capture cats and eat them. According to Sasha Elliot from Greenhill Humane Society, it’s estimated that Lane County is home to 15,000 to 20,000 feral, stray, colony, and free-roaming cats. Nearly 1,500 cats each year are cared for by Greenhill and First Avenue Shelters. Though it’s tough to say for sure how many have been forcibly relocated, many are either surrendered or lost. Emily Ellis’s orange tabby Sora was stolen in early May, but when Ellis contacted Springfield Animal Control, she was told there is nothing they can do. The effects of being trapped and relocated can be detrimental to a cat’s health. Two months later, she saw a post on Craigslist about an orange tabby that was sick, injured, and was thought neglected. She found out Sora was trapped and dumped more than 50 blocks away in Springfield at 52nd and B. “I found about 15 other cats that were ‘missing’ from the same time frame,” Ellis says. She talked to her neighbors about where her cat was dumped and, she says, “Hopefully they could get reunited with their loved ones.” 8 | Corinne Quarterly
Common Dump Sites
Roepelle has been regularly updating her post about common dumping grounds for stolen cats in Eugene. Locations listed include: Delta ponds, Fern Ridge/Zumwalt Park, Junction City and Veneta areas, Bob Straub Parkway and Highway 58, Prescott, and Rainbow (off Centennial/MLK) areas, Creswell, Kirk Park, and the wetlands area off Bertelsen and Seneca. She’ll often receive emails with tips from people who live in the areas or who have found their cats, add it to her running list of dump sites, and repost it so people with missing animals will have an idea of where to search. In Roepelle’s post, she quotes an email she received recently, “My neighbor found her cat at the Delta Ponds. Thanks for your posting. I am in the Mohawk area of Springfield.” R o e p e l l e encourages readers and the community to share and network to assist in the finding of each other’s missing cats, since Lane County Animal Control does not collectively offer this information nor offer missing cat listings on their website.
Nicholas Midnight, a Eugene resident at an apartment complex on South Willamette, says the previous resident left behind a cat and now it hangs around all the time. “I talked to a neighbor and they told me he said he couldn’t afford to keep the cat and get it fixed. So I’m like ‘great...’” Midnight said. “And now there’s just pregnant cats everywhere. It just keeps getting worse and worse.” Greenhill provides free spaying and neutering for strays that are brought in. According to their website, more than 3,000 surgeries a year are performed at Greenhill to reduce pet overpopulation. “It’s hard to say which are strays because everyone feeds and claims them. They’re the neighborhood cats,” Midnight says. The strays have ruined his garden space, urinated on his property, and torn
importantly, microchip or license your cat so if it’s found, it’s known that it has an owner and can be returned. Animal Control does little to keep track of all the missing cats, since they don’t require the licensing of them. Licensing a dog older than six months is required in Oregon, though only 23% of dogs in Lane County are licensed. The fine for an unlicensed dog in Eugene is $40, but cat licensing is optional and is not fined. Roepelle said this is a problem because “dogs are the money makers, so cats get lost in the system.”
Trap, Neuter, Return
To deal with feral cat populations, Greenhill implemented the Trap Neuter Return program (TNR) in 2006. Elliot said TNR is a “humane method of trapping feral, stray, and free-roaming cats, spaying or neutering them, and returning them to their colonies to live out their natural lives.” However, sometimes it’s tough knowing if the cats belong to anyone, and Ellis says the program has been accused of being at fault for some missing cats. Because of neighborhood confidentiality, the locations of the TNR cats cannot be released. “To me, that’s keeping us from knowing where we could look for our cats,” Roepple said. “I just want the location so I can go look. It’s like pulling teeth to get that information. It’s an upward battle. Even though they say they’ve ran into cats that they think have been released or dumped.”
I think you get the idea of how jerks can be cruel to others.
Dee Barton lives in Springfield and takes care of strays she has caught and fixed in her enclosed patio. She said that if landlords required approval of pets and their neutering with vet records, if people leave them behind after moving they can be held more accountable. “All it takes is one unspayed female cat abandoned and surviving on her own to start a feral colony and then they spread like gang busters,” Barton said.
up bags of seed. “They mess with everything,” he said. Midnight used to be a mobile home park manager with a strict rule of no outside cats. He’s had to trap cats and take them to Greenhill before, and once had to dump an especially ornery cat on West 11th. Some basic responsibility can go a long way to prevent overpopulation and strays. “I think some of these other cats may be owned, but the owners are not worming, applying flea treatment and are not getting their cats fixed,” Barton said. Roepelle says it’s wise to bring your cat in at night, and get to know your neighbors and each other’s animals so you can watch out for each other. “If they’re old, build them a safe place outdoors so they can stay there,” she added. Most
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Chai so Spicy it Hur ts my Ears! A drink with a powerful taste, and digestive benefits to boot!
’m totally crazy about chai. I’m not a huge fan of spicy, but I caught onto the pepper-ginger spiciness of chai and loved it. I drink it pretty much every day, adding it to my coffee or tea, so I’ve started making my own. What I didn’t know as I pounded this spicy drink daily was how good it is for me! Stomach aches and anxious bouts were common for me, but I guess now they are hard to come by. This is my feel-good drink, and it’s perfect for the upcoming fall and winter months, warming you from the inside out. After digging through my Encylopedia of Healing Remedies and taking notes on what each of these spices are capable of, I couldn’t leave you with only a recipe. I gotta let you know what this drink can do for you. If you have any respiratory or digstion issues (and in the Willamette this is common), chai is totally for you! (This
message not approved by the FDA.)
All spices finely ground: black pepper (1/2 cup) ginger powder (1/2 cup) cinnamon powder (1/8 cup) ground cardamom (1/8 cup) clove powder (1 tsp) nutmeg powder (1 tsp)
Combine and mix all spices in an airtight jar. Feel free to mess around a bit with the amounts to taste. I keep a little jar with a cork top for my daily use and a bigger container in the cupboard. Make some coffee or tea (any kind will do) then add a teaspoon or two of chai powder, honey, and cream or milk. Drink up!! The cinnamon coagulates with the other spices on the bottom, so stir often. *Add chai powder to muffins, pancakes, cookies, or mix it with seasoning salt and make cajun tots. The possibilities are endless with this tasty spice mix! 10 | Corinne Quarterly
Zingiber officinalis, root
Ginger is the best known digestion aid. It’s a stimulant, diaphoretic, antidepressant, and an expectorant; good for colds, cough, flu, indigestion, vomiting, belching, abdominal pain, motion sickness, laryngitis, arthritis, hemorrhoids, headaches, impotence, diarrhea, heat disease, and memory loss, to mention a few (seriously). Ginger can also sooth menstral cramps by warming uterine walls. Chai is great for travelers, as the ginger can help relieve motion sickness.
Cinnamomum zeylanicum, bark
Diaphoretic, aphrodisiac, parasiticide, antispasmotic, anagelsic, and antifungal. As an anti-yeast, cinnamon can treat Candida and other yeast infections. Cinnamon can also be used to treat respiratory ailments like colds, sinus infections, and bronchitis. It can be used as a digestive aid, aid in circulation, and to alleviate amenia. Cinnamon increases appetite and combats intestinal infections. Cinnamon is good for your brain too, relieving mental fatigue, improving concentration and nervous exhaustion, and lifting depression.
Elettaria cardamomum, seed “Added to milk, it neutralizes mucus-forming properties; added to coffee, it detoxifies caffeine.” Cardamom is a stimulant, expectorant, and heating, but eases Eugenia caryophyllata, bud the brain. “Brings mental clarity Clove treates toothache, freshens breath and reduces and good humor.” body odor. Use as an analgesic, expectorant, stimulant, Like all ingredients in chai, cardamom is great for the carminative. Like nutmeg, clove is derived from a tropical evergreen respiratory and digestive systems. tree.
Piper nigrum, fruit
Myristica fragrans, seed
Black pepper is a stimulating and heating spice that comes from the berry of the pepper vine. Nutmeg improves appetite and digestion, and dispells It aids in circulation and flatulence and stomach acid. Nutmeg has a calming digestion. effect, and strengthens the heart and eases menstration. It is derived from a tropical evergreen. Source: The Illustrated Enclopedia of Healing Remedies, C. Norman Shealy, MD. Inaugural Issue | 11
Upcoming issue: Select poems as usual. Crafty Corinne: My try at taxidermy. An article or two I wrote for Feature Writing. I unpack a word we all hear, like, a thousand times a day in a fun visualization. What is YOUR favorite punctuation? Find out mine and more you could ever want to know about its use (and misuse)!
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