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M ARCH 2012


Giving Women a Voice

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Kindred Sisters “Giving Women a Voice” March 2012

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The 20th Annual LESBIAN VARIETY SHOW IS COMING! Saturday, April 14th 8:00 pm Where? The Thelma Boltin Center, Gainesville, FL Brainstorm with your friend to write a skit. They make us laugh! Develop a funny story line about our lives. Want to talk about it? Want encouragement? Call one of us and discuss. You will have so much fun!!!! And think of all the adoring womyn who will be watching you up on that stage…… There is nothing like being a room full of 225+ Womyn! •Skits, singers, dancers, comedians, diversity, inter-generational .....FUN! •Be the audience and/or put your act on stage. •Come join YOUR COMMUNITY FOR MORE INFORMATION: 1) 2) Check Kindred Sisters and Wild Iris Books 3) Facebook: LV Show

4) to get your act signed up on stage, call Madeline at 352-335-3138 5) to place an ad in the program, call Ruth at 352-538-4927

Cover: Many thanks to Karen Chadwick of Interlachen, FL for the artwork on our cover. It was created using Gyotaku (pronounced GHEE-OH-TAH-KOO), which is the art and technique of Japanese Fish Printing. Gyo means ‘Fish’ and Taku means 'Rubbing' or 'Impression'. The earliest known gyotaku prints were made in the 1860s to preserve a true record of the size and species of fish caught by Japanese anglers. It later evolved into an art form. To see more of Karen’s art go to Kickin’ Devil Café at 2017 NE 27th Ave in Gainesville or find her on facebook at Karen Chadwick-Media.

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All Things Wild Iris Transgender Support Group - 3/7/12, 7-9pm Open meeting for transgender people and allies. Come discuss issues and support each other in a safe space. AMY RAY LIVE AT WILD IRIS BOOKS CD Signing and Q&A - 3/12/12, Time TBA Last time Amy Ray stopped by, Wild Iris was filled with an abundance of love. The folk singer is coming back through town (be sure to check out her show on 3/11) and she’s gonna come hang out with us on Monday to sign CD’s and chat us up! Make your way to the Iris to see Amy up close and personal. Pagan Group Meet-Up - 3/14/12, 7-9pm Open meeting for the Pagan community. All are welcome.

violence attacks were documented. The Comfort Doll Project encourages crafters of all abilities to make special gifts so that women recovering from abusive situations know they’re not alone as they begin to rebuild their lives and start anew. Don’t worry if you’re not a crafter! Precut patterns will be available and we are all willing to lend a hand. The doll only takes 20 minutes to complete. ZOE LEWIS LIVE IN CONCERT! 3/23/12, Doors at 7pm, Show at 8pm ZOË LEWIS is a band in a body! She plays jazz, jump jive, latin grooves, swing, international folk, funk originals on anything from the piano to the spoons! Troubadour/vaudevillian/ storyteller/singer-songwriter/piece of work! $15 – Limited seating, get your tickets today!

Feminist Book Club - 3/20/12, 7-8pm This reading group is free and open to anybody who is interested. This month we will discuss Audre Lorde’s Sister Outsider. Join this reading group as we read some of the top feminist books and then come together to discuss how they influence our lives. Mention that you’re purchasing the title to participate in the reading club and you’ll save 10% off the purchase price. Some of us will gather before the meeting from 6-7pm for dinner and drinks from Cafe Colette – and we invite you to join us for good eats to fuel our minds for discussion time.

J.L. Harris, Book Signing, The Rainbow Shines in the Rain - 3/24/12, 1-3pm Harris takes the reader on an intriguing journey of an all too familiar reality for many. People that have been raised in the church all of their lives are coming to realize that they have homosexual attractions that go against everything that they have been taught. Coming from a diverse family with a strong Christian background, J.L. used her rearing and her venturing out into the world to afford her a fresh, unique perspective on life and it is evident in her writing.

Comfort Doll Project for Peaceful Paths 3/21/12, 6:30pm and 3/24/12, 7pm On average, more than three women are murdered by their intimate partners in this country every day. In Alachua County last year, 1,537 domestic

Feminist Open Mic - 3/27/12, 7:30pm Calling all performers!! Join us for Feminist Open Mic hosted by Johnny Rocket. All creative performances welcome! Café Colette will have food and beverages available for sale.

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Occupy Gainesville Hosts Convergence of Occupations Occupy Gainesville will host the Southeastern Regional Convergence of Occupations (SERCO) the weekend of March 23 – 25, 2012, the first such gathering of Occupy activists from the Southeastern United States and the Caribbean bioregions since the movement emerged last fall. "Activists from occupations across this region will join in sharing skills, coordinating actions, discussing the future, and having fun," according to Occupy Gainesville activist Karin Lightstone. "We already know that just by mobilizing people, the Occupy movement is changing the political landscape. This convergence is a chance to work together on this new world." SERCO was approved by consensus of the Florida General Assembly on December 11, 2011. "Occupy Gainesville will provide a safe campsite for three days of workshops, skill-shares, and assemblies, details of which will be democratically decided upon by SERCO participants in the coming weeks," said SERCO organizer Denise Aguero. "The convergence, and organizing for it, are opportunities to strengthen our consensus-based, directly-democratic network for these bioregions. Through SERCO, we will learn new ways to communicate, continue developing alternative social institutions, and establish new ways of living," she said. "We hope to achieve a model for more effective global coordination in the coming season and years." Occupy Gainesville began on 12 October 2011, with the goal of fostering grassroots participatory democracy, transforming community social values, and seeking economic and environmental justice at the local, national, and global levels. Contact: Karin Lightstone, 818-795-2753 Kindred Sisters — March 2012

Lesbian Health Project Logo Contest The Lesbian Health Project is seeking a logo design from the community! This is our vision (see image). The overall design would be circular and in the place of the words can be an image depicting the meaning behind the word. The ideas we would like represented are the sense of inter-connectedness of people as well as that of the mind, body, and spirit. $25 gift card for the winning design! Submit entries to

Annual Multicultural Art Show! Purpose: To offer a venue for students, faculty, staff, and local artists with talent in fine arts, architecture, photography, digital media, and other expressions of art. Theme: “True Colors: Celebrating Unity Thru Art!” Date: March 30, 2012 Location: UF Institute of Latino-Hispanic Cultures Application: Resources/ApplicationClearinghouse Application Deadline: March 16, 2012. Space is limited so apply today! Applications should be submitted to the Institute for Hispanic-Latino Culture (across from Library West on University Ave) or to Page 3

Body Hatred Is a Serious Issue by Katie Kopania

Every morning as I'm getting ready to start my day, I look in the mirror and automatically begin to pick out my imperfections; something I have subconsciously become trained to do. Whether it is that my stomach is not flat enough or there are dark circles under my eyes or that I have stretch marks on my legs or blemishes on my face. I engage in body bullying, like I know many women do daily. It seems society has constructed an unrealistic female image that we are unable to replicate unless we harm ourselves. Advertising for fashion, cosmetics, and diets remind us that our bodies are unacceptable how they are currently. It's no wonder we become dissatisfied and want to change to fit the ideal Hollywood appearance. Body hatred is a serious issue that can hold women back from their dreams, aspirations, and potential. Body hatred can increase pressure on women to change, which has led to the rise of cosmetic surgery -- the surgical and nonsurgical procedures performed to reshape the normal structures of the body. We are also told it supposedly enhances appearance and self-esteem. Notably, the number of procedures performed increased 77 percent between 2000 and 2010. Everywhere we turn this billion-dollar industry is telling women they should change themselves to fit the image Hollywood glamorizes. There are many potential side effects of plastic surgery such as excessive bleeding, infections, loss of sensation, and even death. Sometimes, women need to get a second surgery when something goes wrong or even become addicted to surgeries. The bottom line is that women feel under pressure to look perfect, which certainly has contributed to the rise in plastic surgery. Instead of dying to fit in, let's teach ourselves to defy the self-doubt we have about our beauty. Pay attention to the signals our bodies provide, appreciate our magnificence within, and accept who we are without alterations! Beauty comes in all different shapes and sizes and everyone deserves respect regardless of their appearance. Instead of teaching ourselves to say "I'd be pretty if," we should teach ourselves to say "I am pretty because."

2012 Poster Contest Winners Every day, in so many ways, the beauty industry (and the media in general) tell women and girls that being admired, envied and desired based on their looks is a primary function of true womanhood. The beauty template women are expected to follow is extremely narrow, unrealistic and frequently hazardous to their health. The Love Your Body campaign challenges the message that a woman's value is best measured through her willingness and ability to embody current beauty standards. The National Organization for Women Foundation hosts an annual poster contest to celebrate the Love Your Body Campaign. The winning posters are featured on the website and used to promote Love Your Body events.

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Book Review The Blonde Bomber by Andrew J. Epstein The Blonde Bomber, Ann Cavello & the Resurrection of the NEW Roller Derby is a dynamic photographic archive and storybook that reveals the origins of the sport and stands as witness to the revival of the roller derby. Epstein’s photography and personal connections to key figures are unique in the history of this exciting spectator sport. The photographs begin in the early 1970s when Epstein first came into contact with the Who knew that roller derby was a microcosm edgy game through of the “feminist revolution? From unequal his grandmother Pearl. She worked for Leo Steltzer, rewards to a new breed who are skating for the master promoter of roller derby. As a young themselves, Andrew J. Epstein’s The Blonde photographer, Epstein had not only access to the Bomber takes us around the historical track players, but was able to put on skates and with women who always loved danger and photograph from the banked track itself. When the now get rewarded for it.” derby revival began in the 1990s, Epstein was ~ Gloria Steinem there, shooting from the edges of the flat tracks and connecting with a whole new world of skaters. The new derby didn’t know much of the history of the sport and Epstein played a key role in connecting roller derby’s past with its resurrection. He packed up his camera and traveled to competitions to record the new players. He told stories about the past glories of Joan Weston, the infamous Blonde Bomber. Along the way Epstein wrote several articles for Five on Five, the official roller derby magazine for flat track teams. Eventually he met the aging, hard-living, roller diva Ann Cavello and committed her senior visage to film. The Blonde Bomber is Epstein’s second book and contains over 200 photographs and features interviews with Ann Cavello (Demon of the Derby) and Suzy Hotrod, Voodoo Doll, and Ginger Snap. He played a part in the creation of the new men’s teams by interviewing Jonathan Rockey (The Flying Squirrel.) Kindred Sisters — March 2012

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Bayard Rustin Dedication Saturday, March 17th 7:00 - 9:00 pm The Bayard Rustin Community Meeting Room at PCCNCF will be formally dedicated on Saturday, March 17th, the 100th anniversary of Rustin’s birthday. Rustin was a significant figure of the Civil Rights Movement whose importance and contributions often went unappreciated due to the tenor of the times. He was an openly gay man, a pacifist, the architect of the historic 1963 March on Washington. He introduced nonviolent civil disobedience to ML King Jr. and spent his life working for human and civil rights for all. PCCNCF will honor Rustin’s contributions with a program dedicating the community meeting room, a showing of “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin” and a table display of works by and about Rustin. Simple refreshments will be provided. To add to the event, Jazz Bandits will play throughout the evening. A diverse group of friends, brought together by their love of playing jazz, the Jazz Bandits have been playing together for over 5 years. They play jazz standards of all eras, from Take the A Train to Blue Monk. They are regulars at Lightnin’ Salvage where the crowd of all ages is often dancing in the aisles. Join us to for a fun and informative evening recognizing the mostly unsung hero Bayard Rustin. PCCNCF, 3131 NW 13th St, Gainesville, 7-9 pm, Saturday, March 17th.

In the Spotlight Marlene Dietrich Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992) was a bisexual actress and cabaret performer who scandalized society almost as much by wearing trousers in public as by her numerous love affairs with both men and women. excerpt from

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National Women's Liberation presents…

“Women's Liberation: Where Do I Fit In?” Saturday, March 31st This one-day class is for women who want to understand basic truths and political causes of the unfairness in our daily lives; how a feminist movement was organized to change this; what we can do now to build the kind of movement that can put the male chauvinist establishment on the run again; and how each woman can contribute to that effort. You will learn about the heroic struggle women have waged, individually and collectively, for our survival and our freedom. What lessons and strategies from women's fighting history can we apply today? Through a combination of lecture, discussion of readings, and consciousness-raising, participants will learn about the radical ideas and methods that sparked the rebirth of the feminist movement in the 1960s. (This class is not about personal liberation through improved self-esteem or an alternative women's culture, recalling a golden age of matriarchy, or how feminism can save the planet. Nor is it about achieving status in the present corrupt system through individual selfimprovement or lifestyle changes.)

What the class will cover:


The fight for abortion as an example of how feminist gains have been won & lost (including a screening of the documentary ‘With a Vengeance’). Consciousness-raising: getting to the root of sexism. Who benefits? Who pays? Radical feminist theory: What is radical? What is radical feminism? What is male supremacy? Women and the Social Wage (Universal Health Care, Paid Parental Leave, Shorter Week, etc): How will it help us towards women's liberation? Where can we go from here?

COST: $100 ($75 for NWL members) Cost includes readings and lunch. Limited space available! Call or send check to reserve your spot! PO Box 14017, Gainesville, FL 32604 347-560-4695 Kindred Sisters — March 2012

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Kraft Macaroni and Cheese...sigh. It’s the number one best-selling processed food in Canada., with current Prime Minister Stephen Harper boasting publicly that he is able to prepare it himself and he adds wieners. It was the official sponsor of a demolition event in Irving, Texas in which they blew up their stadium in 2011. The ad campaign was named the “Cheddar Explosion” to promote their new product line. In true American style, 11 year old Casey Rogers, who, at his young age, had started a charity for the homeless, was chosen to push the button. Kraft donated $75,000 in Kraft products. Kraft is well known for targeting their ad campaigns towards children. They have specialshaped noodles featuring the Rugrats, Spiderman, Scooby Doo and Sponge Bob, as well as car shapes, dinosaurs, and toys, etc. Their commercials show small children preparing their M&C after-school snacks. Most every kid in America recognizes the Kraft “Blue Box”. Lately, Kraft is going after adults with a $50 million ad campaign. There are plenty of adults that eat Kraft Mac and Cheese, but the ad management felt it was time to remind adults that they love and want this comfort food from childhood. They target the “just out of the nest” crowd by introducing new flavors like “Spicy Szechwan,” “Ultimate Alfredo” and “Extreme Pizza.” They target mothers by adding freezedried, powdered cauliflower to the pasta flour. “You Know You Love It” sculptures from Kraft Macaroni & Cheese are popping up in several locations around the US.

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retaliating by ‘stealing the golf clubs and taking them to the pawn shops. Clever and fun to watch, these commercials and come-ons have upped Kraft Mac and Cheese sales by 15%. Most of us know by now that processed foods aren’t healthy food choices. Our national health statistics demonstrate that rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, allergies, etc, are climbing catastrophically every year. Adult diseases are now childhood diseases. There is much research pointing to chemical additives and nutrient-poor foods contributing to this breakdown in health. And yet, when confronted with the “Blue Box” conveniently located at eye level in single, two and four serving packages, many people shrug off healthy admonitions and buy this product. This intrigues me so I went looking for its nutritive value. I couldn’t find any nutritive value. Mostly it’s enriched macaroni ‘product’ and cheese sauce ‘mix’ with yellow dyes 5 and 6 thrown in. To prepare it they advise using 3 Tb of margarine, (a trans-fat which is certifiably dangerous) and 3 Tbs of 2% milk (basically pasteurized white chalk water). Adding these 2 ingredients increases the calories by a third and almost doubles the fat, which is all unhealthy fats. The sodium content is sky high and we’re not talking sea salt here, but rather bleached, processed salt with anti-caking additives and colorants. But, what the hell! It tastes good and reminds us of rainy school days with mom in the kitchen baking a Betty Crocker cake in her day dress. I looked up the history of Kraft M&C. It was introduced in 1937, a very timely food, in that WWII was in full swing, though the US wasn’t yet engaged. Milk and dairy products were being rationed and meat was getting scarce and expensive. Kraft macaroni and cheese was Kindred Sisters — March 2012

promoted as a full dinner with the slogan, “Make a meal for 4 in 9 minutes.” I have discovered that a lot of processed food was introduced to the marketplace in the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s. In the beginning, these companies were attempting to bring a wholesome food to the citizenry. Another example of this is the nefarious Hostess Twinkie, today’s symbol of junk food. However, when introduced in 1930, this shortbread snack was made with real eggs, real butter and banana cream filling. WWII created a banana shortage so vanilla cream was substituted. The product had a shelf life of 2 days, meaning the distributors had to replace all the Twinkies in all the stores every other day. This became financially disastrous. The eggs were replaced with monoglycerides and diglycerides, chemicals which enhance flavor and keep the batter emulsified, meaning they won’t separate out. This extends shelf life. Polysorbate 60, another chemical emulsifier does the same for the creamy filling. It is also a major ingredient for sexual lubricants. Think K-Y Jelly. Hydrogenated shortening, a trans-fat, which stiffens our bodies’ cellular walls, replaces butter. This again stretches shelf life. Artificial butter is used in the shortcake and artificial vanilla is used in the creamy filling. Both are derivatives of petroleum. Cellulose gum is substituted for fat in the filling, keeping it creamy. There is only one preservative in a Hostess Twinkie. That is sorbic acid. It stops the formation of mold and is derived from natural gas. Altogether, there are 39 ingredients in a Twinkie and some of them can claim food status, such as the number one ingredient, enriched white flour. However, five of them are mined rocks, (phosphates from Idaho, gypsum from Oklahoma). For a better understanding of the ingredients in many processed foods I suggest you borrow or buy the entertaining and informative book, “Twinkie, Kindred Sisters — March 2012

Deconstructed…My Journey to Discover How the Ingredients Found in Processed Foods Are Grown, Mined (Yes, Mined), and Manipulated into What America Eats” by Steve Epplinger. Currently, Hostess Brands, Inc, the company that makes Twinkies is filing for bankruptcy. The financial problems are a result of pension programs paid to their unionized workers as well as the population eating healthier snack foods. However, the company reassures its fans that they will continue to produce Twinkies and have created a website where you can make a ‘snackisode” video, showing your Facebook friends. Interesting to note that though Twinkie may be the ultimate junk food, it has also earned its place in American culture. The proof of this is that it was included in the Millenium Time Capsule by President Clinton, is a legal defense (Twinkie Defense, 1979), and was Archie Bunker’s daily lunchbox item (All in the Family). Also interesting is the fact that Hostess headquarters is located in Irving, Texas, the same town that welcomed Kraft Mac and Cheese as the official sponsor to blow up their stadium. I’m out of here. Woody Blue is a holistic health counselor specializing in massage and nutrition. You can contact her at 352-375-0539 for more info.

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The Greatest City I left the country because she left me. America had her name written all over it. I wasn’t going to stay and pretend I hadn’t been apart of writing it, so I moved. For years, I didn’t know where I was going to go. For years, I talked owners of cafes and restaurants into letting me stay and sleep on their floors after closing. My back will never be the same, but I got out of America like I said I would. It’s all about dedication and commitment. And lots of gin. I carried around this blanket so often, it became braided into my skin. That’s no different though. I had to get threads of her hair surgically removed from all of my belongings as if they were tattoos. The doctor looked at me like I was crazy, but I had money. Money changes everything. And before I knew it, I was walking out a new person. Breaking up with someone is a process. Leaving them behind is the heart’s biggest rebuilding. Even the most foolish will become the best architects. And the heart will hate you for it. You will hate the heart for it. You will hate each other for it. And she will marry a man.

What’s Shakin’ at the Shake Rag? Mar 3, 2-4pm: Joe Haldeman Watercolor Show & Book Signing Mar 7: Coffee Talk "Chimo Gypsy" Mar 7, 7:30pm: Jack Williams Concert Admission: $10. Mar 24, 8pm: Dance with 'The Relics' Admission: $10 Mar 31, 7:30pm: Quartermoon Concert Admission: $10.

Refreshments available at all events. Shake Rag Art & Culture Center SR 26 and Grove St in Melrose, FL 352-475-2924,

by Jazmine Davis

2012 Lesbian Life Readers' Choice Awards After weeks of collecting nominations, voting is now open for the 2012 Lesbian Life Readers' Choice Awards. You can vote once a day in each of the categories. Voting will close on March 21st and the winners will be announced on March 30th. Here are the Categories: • Best Lesbian Musician or Band • Best Lesbian Memoir or Novel • Best Lesbian Movie • Best Lesbian Twitter Feed • Best Lesbian Blog

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• Best Lesbian Vacation Destination • Best Lesbian Web Series Vote at vote-now-2012-lesbian-life-readers-choiceawards.htm?nl=1

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Mushroom Packaging Slashes Shipping Waste by Christina Caldwell

The spongy nature of mushrooms has long been met with the disgust of toddlers and the revere of foodies, but the fleshy fungus has found a new function. Last April, we reported that Dell was to be the first technology company to get on board with Ecocradle, a mushroom-based shipping packaging. Since then, sustainable furniture purveyors Steelcase have signed on for a greener way to ship, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has even utilized buoys made of the material to help develop tsunami earlywarning systems. Ecovative Design, the company behind Ecocradle, aims to eliminate the waste from polystyrene, which no microorganism is known to be able to biodegrade, by using a combination of mushroom roots and agricultural crop waste that’s entirely compostable and easy for the environment to break down. Unlike polystyrene, Ecocradle is grown, not manufactured, using mycelium, “a fungal network of threadlike cells,” the company’s website says. After 5-7 days of growing in the dark without petrochemicals, the packaging is treated to stop the growth and is designed around its desired contents. “We don’t let the mycelium grow long enough to produce mushrooms. That means you never have to worry about spores or allergens,” the company says on their website. “At the end of our process, the materials are just as dead as a cardboard box, so you don’t have to worry about mushrooms sprouting from it or anything like that.” excerpt from Kindred Sisters — March 2012

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The Increasingly Disturbing War Against Women’s Rights When Foster Friess, the billionaire backer of Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign, suggested yesterday that women should simply place aspirin between their legs rather than use contraception, it was the latest salvo of a culture war that has been raging for months. “Culture war,” in fact, increasingly seems too vague a term for the current conversation in the country about women’s rights. That conversation is acquiring an increasingly retrograde tone, one that should cause liberals to be alarmed. It’s hard to pinpoint where the current upsurge in dismissive rhetoric about women’s rights began. Anti-abortion sentiment has long been a staple of right-wing politics, of course. But recently, conservatives have seemed particularly fixated on Planned Parenthood. Last February, congressional Republicans sought to eliminate funding for Title X, a federal grant program that provides HIV testing, contraception, and cancer screenings (through pap smears and breast exams). Title X, Republicans claimed, was funding abortions at Planned Parenthood, which Senator Jon Kyl said did little else. Kyl had his facts badly wrong, it turned out. Abortion represents only 3 percent of Planned Parenthood’s services, and the organization is legally prohibited from using Title X funds to cover abortion-related expenses. This didn’t seem to bother Kyl. The Senator’s comment about Planned Parenthood’s activities “was not intended to be a factual statement,” said his spokesman. Another fact that apparently didn’t trouble him: Title X has funded the early detection, over a 20 year period, of at least 55,000 cases of cervical cancer, according to the National Women’s Law Center. Obama preserved Title X during the budget showdown, but the administration’s attitude toward abortion and contraception has been muddled. In December, the Health and Human Services secretary overturned the Food and Drug Administration’s ruling making Plan B, commonly known as “the morning-after pill,” available to all women over the counter. A seventeen-year-old girl can get the morning-after pill without a prescription; a sixteen-year-old cannot. Last summer, a group called the Susan B. Anthony List issued a pledge to GOP candidates, essentially asking them to make it much harder for women to obtain abortions in America; all the candidates but Herman Cain, Gary Johnson, and Mitt Romney signed it. In 2011, according to the Guttmacher Institute, more than 1,100 abortion-restriction measures were introduced by lawmakers at the state level; 135 passed. Most recently, during the past few weeks, the Susan B. Komen Foundation attempted to end its $600,000 annual contribution to Planned Parenthood (though Komen backtracked after a public fight), and President Obama touched off a firestorm by proposing that all organizations, including religious institutions, be required to offer employees health care plans that cover contraception. Meanwhile, the rhetoric from Rick Santorum—now leading in the Republican polls nationwide—has been almost casually ugly. Not content to merely demand that all abortions be criminalized, including in cases of rape and incest, he also smothers his prohibitionist ideology in smug condescension. A woman who has been impregnated by rape, in Santorum’s description, is someone who should “make the best of a bad situation.” Taken individually, these incidents all seem like isolated events. Taken together, they start to look like a Page 12

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disturbing trend. Increasingly, what we are seeing from the right when it comes to women’s issues is not conservatism but radicalism: a bid to roll back the gains and freedoms that feminism has managed to earn for women. During the various imbroglios over Planned Parenthood, for instance, why weren’t more conservatives making a principled case against abortion while also conceding—and applauding—the important role that the organization has played in allowing women to take control of their health and their lives? We are adamantly pro-choice; yet we could certainly respect a principled abortion opponent who took this position. Unfortunately, this is not what we have heard from most conservatives. Instead, we have seen a rush to demonize Planned Parenthood wholesale, oblivious to the crucial work it does for women. These attacks are coming almost exclusively from the right. But liberals are not entirely blameless. For a long time on the left, there has been a notion that social issues—among them women’s issues, chiefly abortion—were somehow a waste of time. The real matters for liberals to fight on, according to this worldview, were economic ones, and everything else was a distraction. This view was expressed most crudely by Ralph Nader, who infamously derided such issues as “gonadal politics”; but one often hears it articulated in softer forms. We would all prefer to live in a world without deep conflicts over cultural issues. But that is not the world in which we live. Over the past generation, women have gone from being second-class citizens to being full and equal partners in American life. The ability of women to make their own reproductive decisions—on both birth control and abortion—has been a central part of this revolution. Defending and expanding on these gains should not be a sideissue for liberals: It is a core component of our political philosophy. If conservatives are going to pursue a rollback of women’s rights, then there must be no doubt that liberals are prepared to make a strong and unambiguous stand. excerpt from

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WhatÊs Happening? March: Women’s History Month Mar 2-4: Dance the Goddess Come experience the wisdom of the Divine Feminine in the tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, with internationally renowned teacher, speaker, and dancer Prema Dasara. During this weekend immersion you will experience dance, meditation, teachings, spiritual practice, movement and music as it has been taught globally. Cost: $108. Booksigning on Friday night for her book "Dancing Tara: A Manual of Practice." To register email Casa Micanopy Retreat Ctr, 22259 NW 75th Ave Rd. Mar 2, 7pm: Musical Chairs Project Fundraiser to benefit the Friends of Alachua County Public Schools elementary arts programs. Local artists have transformed solid wood chairs into unique works of art. The art chairs will be offered at silent auction. Musical entertainment and refreshments will be served. Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center, 716 N Main St, Gainesville. Mar 4, 5pm: Women’s Dinner & Movie Relax with the gals, enjoy a nice dinner, & catch a movie -- all for just $5! Can you think of a better way to spend a Sunday evening?! See full details on outside back cover. Mar 5-26: Moonhaven Mystery School for Women The class will meet for 4 consecutive Mon evenings 7-9:30pm at Moonhaven in Melrose. $62 for 4 sessions. Call Now to Reserve Your Space! If you have always wanted to join a wonderful group of women to learn and develop your psychic and healing abilities in an empowered and safe space, This One's For You! 352-475-2432 Mar 5, 7pm: "The Heretics" The Civic Media Center presents the documentary film "The Heretics". Tracing the influence of the Women's Movement's Second Wave on art and life, "The Heretics" is the exhilarating inside story of the New York feminist art collective that produced "Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art and Politics" (1977-92). Requested donation: $3-5. CMC, 433 S Main St, Gainesville. 352-373-0010 Mar 8: International Women's Day Page 14

Mar 8, 6:30pm: Occupy Gainesville All Women's General Assembly To mark International Women's Day, Occupy Gainesville will have an All Women's General Assembly at Bo Diddley Plaza. Women of all ages are welcome to come. If men would like to come to this, we are asking for them to sit in the outer circle to listen only. Only women's voices will be participating. Mar 9-12: Chicks in the Sticks Sawmill…America’s First Gay Community plans an event unique in all of the United States - a private and exciting weekend unlike anything you have ever experienced. Behind 120 gated acres you enjoy the privacy you deserve. The dance parties, the entertainment, the clothing optional pool, the restaurant, the bars, the accommodations…all for the girls. Performers include: DJ PAT PAT, Karmic Tattoo, & Halcyon! 21710 Hwy 98, Dade City, FL. 352-5830664, Mar 12: Amy Ray CD Signing Folk singer Amy Ray is coming back through town and she’s gonna hang out with us to sign CDs and chat us up! We’ll have more details soon, but make your way to the Iris to see Amy up close and personal. Wild Iris Books, 802 W University Ave, Gainesville. Mar 14, 7pm: Gaynesville Queer Reading Group Join the Gaynesville Queer Reading Group to discuss Lillian Faderman's "Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America." The Queer Reading Group meets every month to discuss a book (or other form of writing) that relates to queerness, including history, theory, fiction, and so on. Civic Media Center, 433 S Main St, Gainesville. Mar 14, 8:30pm: Jeff Jones Queer Variety Show Gay Bash! Queer Variety Show, Open Mic, and Dance Party. $3 Cover. Drink specials. 1982 Bar, 919 W University Ave, Gainesville. Mar 15, 6pm: Planning Your Future Hands on Banking is for anyone and everyone who is interested in money and how to be a better money manager. It’s never too early or too late to gain new knowledge and new skills to create a brighter financial future. Presented by Lance Strickland of Wells Fargo at the Pride Center, 3131 NW 13th St, Kindred Sisters — March 2012

WhatÊs Happening? Gainesville. Pizza will be provided. There will be LGBT marketing available. Developed by Wells Fargo as a free public service. For more information see Mar 17, 10-6pm: Gainesville Community Fest Live music all day. Over 150 vendors. Elephant and Pony Rides, Rock Climbing Wall, Archery Range, Laser Tag, & more. Tickets: $5/ adv, $7.50/day of event. Alachua County Fairgrounds, corner of Waldo Rd & NE 39th Ave, next to Gainesville Regional airport. Mar 17, 7pm: Dedication of Bayard Rustin Room Reception commemorating the 100 year anniversary of Bayard Rustin’s birth with the formal dedication of the Bayard Rustin Community Room. Live music provided by Jazz Bandits! Refreshments provided. Pride Community Center of North Central Florida, 3131 NW 13th St #62, Gainesville. Mar 18, 2pm: Pilobolus Dance Theatre This groundbreaking collective works to create three original works each year, featuring its distinctive choreography and gravity-defying formations that challenge the limits of the human body and leave viewers enthralled. Tickets: $20-40. Phillips Center, Hull Rd, Gainesville. Mar 18, 7pm: emma’s revolution Concert emma’s revolution will perform a CD release concert at Civic Media Center, 433 S Main St, Gainesville. Tickets: $12/adv, $15/door, $10/low income. Advance tickets available at Civic Media Center or 269-375-3262, Mar 20: Vernal Equinox, Ostara, Spring Equinox Mar 20, 6pm: “Sugar Blues” A “Taking PRIDE in Health” Workshop presented by the Pride Community Center and The Vibrant Alternative. Discover what sugar means to you, how it affects you, and how to gain control without deprivation. FREE and open to the public. Pride Center, 3131 NW 13th St, Gainesville. 352-377-8915

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Mar 20, 7-8pm: Feminist Book Club March’s book is “Sister Outsider” by Audre Lorde. Group is free and open to anyone & meets at Wild Iris Books, 802 W University Ave, Gainesville. All are invited to meet at Wild Iris at 6-7pm to enjoy dinner/ drinks at Café Colette before the reading group begins. Mar 21 & 24: Comfort Doll Project This project encourages crafters of all abilities to make special gifts so that women recovering from abusive situations know they’re not alone as they begin to rebuild their lives. Join us on March 21st at 6:30 or March 24th at 7pm and make dolls. Precut patterns will be available. Only takes 20 minutes to complete! Dolls will be donated to Peaceful Paths. Wild Iris Books, 802 W University Ave, Gainesville. Mar 22, 11pm: Rockystar at UC! Ultra hot Drag King Rockystar performs at University Club, 18 E University Ave, Gainesville. Mar 23, 8pm: Zoe Lewis Concert Zoe Lewis plays jazz, jump jive, latin grooves, swing, international folk, funk originals on anything from the piano to the spoons! $15 – Limited seating, get your tickets at today! Wild Iris Books, 802 W University Ave, Gainesville. Mar 23, 8pm: Prince Poppycock at The Hipp! Prince Poppycock, star of NBC’s #1 show America’s Got Talent, will headline this special performance. The Prince (aka John Quale) dazzles audiences with his beautiful voice, lavish costumes, versatility, and magical charm. Tickets: $45/general, $85/VIP. Hippodrome State Theatre, 25 SE 2nd Pl, Gainesville. 352.375.4477, Mar 23-25: Southeastern Regional Convergence of Occupations Occupy Gainesville will host the Southeastern Regional Convergence of Occupations (SERCO) the weekend of March 23-25, the first such gathering of Occupy activists from the Southeastern United States and the Caribbean bioregions since the movement emerged last fall. FMI, contact Karin Lightstone, 818-795-2753.

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WhatÊs Happening? Mar 24, 1-3pm: J.L. Harris Book Signing Harris takes the reader on an intriguing journey of an all too familiar reality for many. People who have been raised in the church are realizing they have homosexual attractions that go against everything they have been taught ( Wild Iris Books, 802 W University Ave, Gainesville. Mar 24-25: Spring Garden Festival Features 200 booths offering plants, landscape displays, garden accessories, arts and crafts, educational exhibits and, of course, foods. Admission: $8/adults (cash only). Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, 4700 SW 58th Dr, Gainesville. Mar 27, 7:30pm: Feminist Open Mic Our aim is to create a safe space where individuals can celebrate, challenge and express their artistic personas! Hosted by Gainesville’s own poet and queer activist Johnny Rocket. We encourage all poets, musicians, and other artist types to attend. Café Colette will be open with food and beverages! Wild Iris, 802 W University Ave, Gainesville. Mar 29, 12-1pm: Women Build Luncheon Help us raise the funds needed to start House #6 at our Annual Luncheon! Held at Villa East, 301 N Main St, Gainesville. To purchase tickets ($25), email Mar 30: Multicultural Art Show This show offers a venue for students, faculty, staff, and local artists with talent in fine arts, architecture, photography, digital media, and other expressions of art. Theme: “True Colors: Celebrating Unity Thru Art!” Location: UF Institute of Latino-Hispanic Cultures. Mar 30-31: STOMP STOMP’s eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Tickets: $40-50. Phillips Center, Hull Rd, Gainesville.

Mar 31, 9-4pm: Spring Garden Kick-Off $3 per workshop and over 1500 organic seedlings available at Crones’ Cradle Conserve, 6411 NE 217th Pl, Citra, FL (about 30 minutes from Gainesville). 352595-3377, Mar 31, 9-5pm: “Women's Liberation: Where Do I fit in?” National Women's Liberation presents a one-day class for women. (See pg. 7 for details) Mar 31, 8pm: Swamp City Sirens vs. Tampa Bay Bruise Crew - Women’s Roller Derby! Doors open at 7:30 at Skate Station, 1311 NW 76th Blvd, Gainesville. Tickets: $8/adv, $12/door (available at Sweet Dreams Ice Cream, 3437 W University Ave in Gainesville, or at

Ongoing Events AA Meetings in Gainesville LGBT Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings on Sundays at 7:30pm at Pride Center, 3131 NW 13th St. AA Meetings in St. Augustine LGBT AA Meetings held at 7pm on Saturdays at Flagler Hospital in the Alicia room. Buy Local at the Weekly Farm Market! Everything Fresh. Everything Local. Every Sunday, 25pm. Fresh baked bread, Farm fresh eggs & produce, Unique ethnic cuisines, Homemade soaps, candles, & more! Citizens Co-op Courtyard, 435 S Main St, Gainesville. Confidential HIV & STD Testing - FREE 1st & 3rd Thursdays of each month at 4-6pm at the Pride Center, 3131 NW 13th St, Gainesville. Farm Stead Saturday Saturdays, 9am-3pm, at Crones’ Cradle Conserve, 6411 NE 217th Pl in Citra, FL. Farm Tours & Organic Produce! 352-595-3377 Gainesville Area NOW Meetings Gainesville Area National Organization for Women meets on the 4th Thursday of each month at 6:30pm

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WhatÊs Happening? at the Pride Center, 3131 NW 13th St. Public Welcome. Gainesville Area Women’s Network GAWN is the friendliest networking in town. Supportive women gather for lunch, to network & learn from each other & guest speakers. Meetings are the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the Sweetwater Branch Inn. 352-215-1621, Interweave A group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, & transgender individuals & their heterosexual allies. Meets at 6:30pm on the 2nd Sunday of each month at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville, 4225 NW 34th St. Potluck, presentation, & discussion. Lesbian Readings & Potluck We have a good time together! Come and eat good food, bring something you have written that you want to share, and/or come and listen to others read. Some womyn come just to the potluck, some just to the readings, and some to both. It's good communion with a small group of womyn as we share our stories and food. Time: 6:30 - Potluck; 7:30 - Readings. Date & Place: TBA. Info: Madeline 352-335-3138. Melrose Music & Refreshments CoffeeTalk at the Shake Rag Art & Culture Center every Wednesday, 10am - noon, in the Old Gothic Church, 301 SR 26, downtown Melrose. Join us for cool art, great music, stimulating conversation, poetry, & maybe dancing. We have the coffee…bring fruit or pastry to share. 352-475-2924 PFLAG Gainesville PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meets monthly (3rd Tuesday) at 7pm to realize our goal of moving equality forward. United Church of Gainesville, 1624 NW 5th Ave. 352-340-3770, PFLAG Ocala Group meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6-8pm at the Ocala Public Library (Room B). FMI 352-857-1739.

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Queerotic Dance Nite! 3rd Wednesday each month at 10pm at The Backyard at Boca Fiesta & Palomino, 232 SE 1st St, Gainesville. $3 cover Rise Up Singing Group Informal singing for the sheer fun of it! Rise Up Singing song books will be on hand. Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7-9pm at PCC, 3131 NW 13th St Ste 62, Gainesville. “Sister Song” - Gainesville Women's Choir All are welcome; no experience needed. Rehearsals every Wednesday at 7pm at Pride Center, 3131 NW 13th St Ste 62. For more info contact Ruth at 352538-4927 or Stonewall Democrats of Alachua County LGBT Democrats & supporters meet monthly on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 6pm at the Alachua County Democratic Hdqtrs, 901 NW 8th Ave #A-3. Transgender Gainesville Discussion Group Meets on 1st Wednesday each month at 7pm at Wild Iris Books, 802 W University Ave, & focuses on education for the public. Meetings on 2nd & 4th Wednesdays at 7pm are closed support meetings held at the Pride Center, 3131 NW 13th St. Transgender Movie Night Meets 2nd Friday of each month at 7pm at the Pride Center, 3131 NW 13th St. What the Animals Tell Me Every Wednesday at 8:30pm Flash Silvermoon hosts a live internet radio show for animal lovers. Listen to the live stream or check the archives later: Youth Discussion Group PCCNCF hosts a weekly “Youth Discussion Group” for GLBT youth between the ages of 14 & 18 years old on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30pm at the Pride Center, 3131 NW 13th St, Gainesville. FMI call 352377-8915

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Home Van Pet Care Project Update by Elizabeth Howard, Project Coordinator

No one said it would be easy, but no one said it would be this hard … No one said it would be easy, No one thought we’d come this far… Oh, and look we’ve come this far! (Sheryl Crow 1993) Home Van Pet Care Project has its Fifth Anniversary in April. I thought it would be simple, just a few bags of pet food and that would help both the homeless people and their pets. Instead, it’s been hard and hot and worrisome, mosquito ridden sometimes and often no solutions to animal problems. Nevertheless, I would not trade a minute for the last five years of Home Van Pet Care Project. We have our 501c3, a wonderful Board of Directors, volunteers and many food and money donors who continue to help us. Our biggest project right now is the relocation of the Tent City Tribe of Cats. They are special need kitties of course. All will need a lot of attention and some of them really must go together. There are three of the original Tribe, Margaret and her two sons; then there are Mercedes and Noble, best friends … Little Bit has a prospective home as soon as I can convince her to get in the carrier … and the two little ones, Silver and Gold, have had some digestive problems but we’re working on that so they will soon be

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ready for a permanent home. If you have ideas or can offer a home or foster home, please let me know right away. (Elizabeth, 352-473-9423) Last month’s Happy Dog Story has continued and those dogs are doing well after loads of help from St. Francis Vet Clinic. One of their people has gotten a job and a special mentor-type friend who helps her and supports her. We wish her the next step of getting a home for herself and her pets. We have a food drive pending at Howard Bishop and just had donations from a local “book club.” If you can help with events and/ or fund raisers or if you have time to seek out groups who will do food drives that would be very helpful. Just let us know. Looking back is one thing, but looking forward we just want to continue to feed the dogs and cats of the homeless and low income people and to help in other ways wherever we can. Thank you all very much for your help and support. Home Van Pet Care Project needs any size bags of dry dog food and cat food, tarps and bungee cords, flea combs for dogs and cats, financial support and your good wishes. Checks can be made payable to Home Van Pet Care Project, Inc. and mailed c/o Elizabeth Howard, P.O. Box 14305, Gainesville, FL 32604. You can also donate through PayPal at You can Like us on Facebook, and call for more information and drop-off locations to Elizabeth at 352-473-9423 email We are a Florida nonprofit charitable corporation so all donations are tax-deductible.

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Help Needed with the Lesbian Health Project The Lesbian Health Project is looking for members of the community who would be able to contribute in the following way:

Computer skills to put together pamphlets, flyers, etc.

Expertise/Knowledge in a health area, and willing to spend one hour of your time to provide educational information or lead a discussion (at most 1x/6 months).

Knowledge about online resources, or willingness to research online resources. These are just a few examples. If you cannot attend the next meeting on March 17 at 1pm at the Pride Center, 3131 NW 13th St, Gainesville, but are interested in helping, please email

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NOW Applauds Prop 8 Decision by Terry O'Neill, NOW President

On Feb 7th the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed that Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative that eliminated same-sex couples' right to marry, violates the U.S. constitution. In a 2-1 ruling, the court said the proposition "serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California." The National Organization for Women applauds this decision and reaffirms our commitment to ensuring that marriages of loving, committed same-sex couples are legally recognized. For decades, NOW has been a leader in the fight for full equality for lesbians, including the right to marry. This decision is an important step forward in the long march toward justice. Activists have worked tirelessly through demonstrations, conversations and the political process to make this moment not just possible, but inevitable. And yet, we still have a long way to go until marriage equality is realized. NOW and its allies are working for passage of the Respect for Marriage Act that would repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prohibits federal recognition of same-sex marriage, depriving lesbian and gay couples of protections that heterosexual couples take for granted. Although our climb remains uphill, the Ninth Circuit's decision today provides momentum to move this struggle for justice forward. excerpt from

Help Wild Iris Support Florida Alternative Breaks Wild Iris is supporting Florida Alternative Breaks (FAB), a student-run service organization that heightens social awareness by providing students an opportunity to immerse themselves in a social issue through service, education, and reflection. This spring break, FAB will be sending over three hundred UF students to Charlotte, North Carolina to work on LGBTQ advocacy. The organization will be working with the local lesbian and gay community center to support bullied LGBTQ youth and to help residents become more tolerant and accepting of the LGBTQ community. Wild Iris will be leaving a jar at the register to help FAB collect it’s much needed funds. Your loose change will go directly towards lowering the cost of trips for all participants. So whenever you’re in the bookstore, please remember to donate! Thank you! Page 20

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Purple Books Publishing Purple Books Publishing, a lesbian owned business, is committed to producing quality literature through a variety of formats. Our authors are lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and our smart supportive allies. Our books offer LGBT lived experiences, history, and scholarly research for and about our communities. Our authors are talented writers and researchers whose works offer insight into our lives through good stories, accurate research, and creative artistic pieces. The staff and authors of Purple Books Publishing hope you enjoy our work and invite you to submit proposals for publication consideration. When you are published by Purple Books, you join a collective of like-minded folks. Sign up for the Purple Books email list! Beginning in February, each monthly issue of the newsletter will provide a synopsis of one of our books and a biography of the author. We’ll also present a synopsis of some aspect of LGBT history. Ronni Sanlo Purple Books Publishing 73330 Linda Circle Palm Desert, CA 92260 310-508-5963 Kindred Sisters — March 2012

Silver Springs Needs Our Help by Karen Ahlers

On Dec. 2, 2011, Adena Springs Ranch submitted a consumptive use permit (CUP) application for 13.267 mg/d for their property in the Silver Springs spring shed. That is more water than the 12 mg/d required by the entire City of Ocala! According to the application, this enormous quantity of water is needed to irrigate pasture for 30,000 grass-fed cattle and a slaughter house operation near Ft. McCoy in Marion County. St. Johns River Water Management District is currently conducting studies to determine minimum ecologically safe flows and Proposed levels for Silver Well Sites River. Completion of this study is necessary to determine if more water can be withdrawn without causing substantial harm to this delicate aquatic system. Please urge the SJRWMD to delay taking action on the CUP application until the MFL studies are completed. The springs’ flows are down 55% from the median flow of record. Drought and over-pumping of the aquifer are mostly to blame. The CUP application, #129419, is currently under review at this time and public comment is being accepted. Please exercise your right as a citizen. Submit your comments to Page 21

emma’s revolution ~ CD Release Concert March 18th 7:00 pm This is a CD release concert for emma’s revolution’s latest recording, “Revolutions Per Minute”. With RPM, emma's revolution creates an electrifying soundscape of their characteristically "rousing and soulful" songs of social conscience, in settings from intimate acoustic to full-on funk. Listen to full song tracks at

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Service Directory Jenn Wester ~ Pet/House Sitter (references available) ~ Kickin’ Devil Café ~ LOO Restaurant/Bar ~ 352-505-6660 Beckie Dale ~ Massage ~ 352-335-3138 Woody Blue ~ Custom Flags & Tablecloths, Massage, Nutrition Info ~ 352-375-0539 Peggy Damiano ~ Website Design/Maintenance ~ Elizabeth Howard, M.A. ~ Dream Interpretation ~ 352-337-2723 Melissa Mojica ~ Hauling, Photography ~ 352-359-4119 Lylly Rodriguez ~ Reflexology, Massage, & Reiki ~ 352-870-7922 Chrissy Martinez ~ Photography ~ Beth Karbe ~ Acupuncture ~ 352-375-3080 Maria Chah ~ Massage & Yoga ~ 404-667-7599 Shewolf ~ Custom Woodworking, Speech Consulting, & Publishing: Directory of Wimminlands/Lesbian Communities ~ 352-475-3722 If you have a skill/service & would like to be added to our directory, please contact Kindred Sisters at (Free!)

“Occupy” What Is It? 10. Roadtrip? Take supplies or folks 11. Shower or laundry hosting for your locals 12. Mail credit card offers back to corporations without the applications (they suggest something heavier, so they will have postage due!) 13. TELL KINDRED SISTERS and CALENDAR eleve-simple-ways-to-support-the-occupyOF EVENTS about it!! (This is my personal movement-without-sleeping-in-a-park/ activism avenue, as you know! I love to share ideas HERE ARE HER IDEAS plus one of mine: with y’all.) by Rainbow - discovering a 1. Understand the movement (she has some videos NEW movement (wow its fun!) and blogs) 2. Don't be afraid to say you support occupy Wall Street or occupy together 3. Follow on social media, twitter, facebook, or blogs 4. Move your money (this is happening and being noticed) 5. Send grub (order a pizza or cake for your locals) 6. Take a collection 7. Donate money 8. Visit, say thanks 9. Show up for general meeting I am posting a blog that answers questions I have about WHAT IS OCCUPY???

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AstroFlash Water, water everywhere as we descend or perhaps ascend into the mystical waves of Neptune and Pisces. We begin the month with 4 planets in Pisces including slow movers Neptune and asteroid Chiron. The latter planets are certainly providing us with the overall sense of fluctuation that we are feeling. The light side of Neptune can offer us deeper more profound visions than any other planet and can elevate our spirits to the highest dimensions. As a double Pisces, I do feel as though a long yet unknown thirst has been quenched and my psychic work has gotten deeper and more profound. I am even enjoying my work with people and animals more which is a lot. For those who like their world very tidy and hate to have to color outside the lines or have too much freedom this energetic pattern can be unsettling. In a way, so much has shaken loose with the beginnings of the Uranus /Pluto square that those who may have started their path to liberation under these aspects are experiencing a "free fall feeling" now. For some that much freedom can be terrifying. For example, someone can be stuck inside a bad marriage or job and tolerate a slow death of boredom, pain or abuse for maybe 20 years or even 7 years these days and finally they decide to break their chains and leave the intolerable situation. First there is the elation of moving away from the bad situation and then......WHAT? They are now free to choose a path and that can be very scary for some and is part of the reason that they were stuck in the first place! Hard for me to understand being Uranian and Neptunian in nature, but some people don't like having choices! Not everyone responds well to being in transition, not having a clear boundary as to where to take that next step while for others this can feel like a grand adventure. Either way, we are all in transition energetically whether we like it or not. I suggest those that are feeling the fear, strap on a kind of "spiritual life jacket" and become a swimmer and you will begin to feel some of the more soothing energies of Neptune. Whenever an outer planet like Neptune changes sign, we can expect major changes in our socio - political landscape as well as the landscape itself. Neptune has been in and out of Pisces over the last year as well as the Asteroid Chiron also known as the Planet of the Wounded Healer. Neptune along with being extremely Spiritual, can be extremely deceptive. OK this Pisces just got swept up into a Neptunian whirlpool and will swim to the safety of the Full Moon in earthy Virgo on March 8. Virgo is opposite the sign of Pisces and just in case you haven't noticed, the Full Moon is always in the opposite sign of the Sun. With all the Piscean energy present, we will feel a distinct strong pull on our energies as we try to accommodate both energies. The ruling planet of Virgo is Mercury which rules our mental and communication skills and we may feel our nerves frayed because retro Mars will be slipping by La Luna as she becomes full. Watch your words as they may return to bite you especially with retro mercury coming right up! Ah yes dear little Mercury Retrograde, you subtly slid by my watch last time but I got ya now. As my readers know this can be a challenging time to get things accomplished and basically you want to have anything that needs to fly forward completed by a day or so before March 11 as other wise you are asking for an uphill fight. If you don’t care about a job or relationship being temporary go right ahead but if you are seeking permanence best to wait until April 5 when Mercury once again moves forward. With Mars still moving retrograde in Mercury ruled Virgo, we are being invited to use our mental energies in the most constructive ways. In the words of the great Bob Marley in his Redemption Song, " Emancipate Page 24

yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds.." This is the job at hand for all of us to keep our thoughts positive, clear and focused on what we do want and also to keep our intellect from becoming a dominatrix over our intuitive side. In Patriarchy that is how it is supposed to work mimicking the domination of women but with the strong presence of Neptune in our lives both women and men will need to give our intuition a wider berth to make the most of the psychic gifts that we will be offered. By the way this is an excellent time for any type of spiritual or psychic development. I will be starting my Spring set of classes starting March 5 26 Mon 7-9:30pm 4 sessions only $62 at Moonhaven in Melrose call for more details 352 4752432 On the 13th, Venus and Jupiter will be conjoining and in addition they will form a trine to Pluto on that same day. With all the other retro planets in place, I can see where this will be a memorable day on many counts. Personally this could really open up a relationship and or create some real fireworks too. Wall Street should show some kind of a major event unless of course it is shrouded in secrecy. There could be a false flag event on or before this day and our economics may well seem to expand and then sink. Get ready for the Ides of March, March 15 when we will enjoy a Grand Trine in Earth signs including Jupiter conjoined with sister Venus, which is trine [harmonius aspect] Mars which is trine Pluto with the Moon closing in on Pluto later in the day. This is a very "can do" kind of aspect and each part reinforces the other in terms of positive energy and enthusiasm. This is a time when we're apt to push the envelope of our reserves and we might just pull it off. Venus and Jupiter will be playing footsie for most of the month so absolutely Make Love Not War as love should be abundantly available particularly the sensuous kind with both Venus and Jupiter still lounging around in Taurus. As we approach the Equinox on March 20 at 1:15 AM EST we can feel the power building for forward motion with so many planets in Aries leading to the New Moon in Aries on the 22nd. When Mars opposes Chiron we may see some kind of accident or spill that further damages our beloved waters. Patience will be needed during this time and redirecting the energy so that we can use what is available to clean up our baggage and past issues so that we can go flying into our next cycle unencumbered. Retrogrades or not, Spring is here and the flowers will bloom and the sap will rise within and all about so enjoy the spirit of new beginnings as is the season and prepare to be in full swing next month. Great time for Spring Clutter Cleaning to make room for the new as you will undoubtedly have many new gifts to enjoy by the end of Magical March!

Aries - Wow what a time to be alive! If it weren't for the pollen I could breathe deep but not even the pollen can bum me now as everything is falling into place and I have more energy than I thought I could hold in this body. My physical world and my dream world are starting to mirror each other and it is quite delightful. I am eager to sink my teeth into some new projects that challenge me mentally and to really have some good fun just being me. You know ya wanna play with me really no one better! Taurus - Here I am come take me I am yours and I am one tasty lady." If you are good you can come up and see me some time, but if you're bad you can come up and see me now!" [thanks Mae West] I don;t know if its spring or me but my pulse is beating and my body is heating. Retrograde Kindred Sisters — March 2012

Shmetrograde I want a lover and ideally one that won;t drive me crazy. Even a little crazy wouldn't be too bad as long as its worth it and feels really good. For me its all about how it feels and now that's even stronger. Gemini - Oh damn Mercury why do you have to go backwards now just when I am getting ready to spring into action again? I guess I best watch what I say and remember who I say it too so I don;t get too tangled up in retro mess.Can't a story just be interesting whether it is 100% true or not? I have been weaving some tall tales for years and maybe they will become a book if I can settle down and put both sides of my brain to it. That's the trick now isn't it, for both of us to work together. Cancer - Water yes Love it but I am not sure lately whether to swim or surf! Is this the time to bask in the warm springs or ride the wild water? I am drawn to both and in the immortal words of Mae West, "When torn between two evils, I generally take the one I haven't tried yet!" Hm that sounds a little bawdy for my shy self but I guess even we quiet ones get to raise some hell once in awhile. Either way, I wanna do my playing in the water and shed all the dross and heaviness from last year. Take me to the River...and drop me in the water! Leo - I am grooming myself daily and I am getting more glorious. My mane shines in the sun and each hair glistens with electricity. I can feel the sense of my mate approaching in every fibre of my body, her scent fills my nostrils and I can hardly wait to see her slinking into my den. I hope that I can sustain my patience or rather fight against impatience. This is not my strong suit but my ability to charm and delight my partner more than makes up for that. Everything that you might have heard about me is true and then some. This is not just an empty promise. I am the real deal purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Virgo - Mars has been such a pain in my butt just grinding on my last nerve. Why do I have to always second guess myself, fight with myself and generally barrage my brain with repetitive negative messages? Enough already why not just be happy for all my blessings and recognize the wonderful person that I must be to have earned such blessings? I work harder than most, give more than most, when will that be enough? OK I get it I am in control of this merry go round and I can get off or change the speed anytime and I am.

chance and I am taking it. All roads need not be taken but the right one, yes and which one is that right road? This is serious and I am rarely serious but I want to launch my enthusiasm towards an attainable goal while I have this buzz of energy at my disposal. I know that it is much easier to keep momentum going than to try to restart so I am going to make this energy really work for me. Look out here I come. Capricorn - I have gotten too used to dodging bullets in my professional life and I would love to be able to pull down this shield that seems to want to stay up 24/7. This won't be easy but full body armor is no fun for anyone especially me. Why I haven't felt this skin in years! Seriously and I can be too serious I want to feel the sun warm my face and not just feel the dregs of light as I drag myself home. Wanting is a good start and hopefully soon I will be basking in the warmth of a generous springtime. Aquarius - Glad to be feeling more like myself again. I swear Neptune my have some good qualities but mostly I just felt like it messed with my life. Pisces, you can have your water back, I much prefer my pristine mind, clear focused and I daresay brilliant at times. Truth be told my intuition is cranking like I never could have imagined . I just didn't like living without any boundaries. Yes mine have moved a bit and I am more flexible too. Guess I better say thank you Neptune as Gratitude is a better attitude. Pisces - Waves of gratitude is my attitude as all my parts feel lubricated and soothed by Mama Neptune.I didn't realize just how much I was missing the water and now that I am surrounded by it its like I feel more in my own element and can be myself even more. No wonder my psychic skills are crazy good and my creativity is busting out. Yes water yes this is so nurturing and feels so damn good. I will remember to ground myself in meditation and not let my energies run everywhere like water likes to do. Maybe this is the time for my wave to carry me to fulfill my purpose.

Through My Monthly Astroflash, I have endeavored to offer more gender neutral astrology to speak to all sexual preferences and identities. If you know your Rising sign, your personal reading will be more accurate if you read the passage for that sign as well as your Sun sign. For deeper questions and readings of an Astrological or Psychic nature, feel free to call 352 4752432 for an appt. or contact me through my website

Libra - Is anything fair? I surely hope so as a mater of fact I am counting on it and have based my life on trying to even the scales and strip the blindfold off Lady Justice who is only stripped of her sight in this country. I want to live with beauty and peace and I need that more now than ever. I am finding that the more quiet I am right now the bette I feel. Sometimes the world gets on nicely without my input. Let's call this recess and I need to review all the lessons of the past few months so I can learn some new ones.

Next session of Moonhaven Mystery School for Women: Mar 5-26 The class will meet for 4 consecutive Mon evenings 7-9:30pm. Only $62 for the 4 sessions. You can then of course continue for another 4 weeks if you like. Call Now to Reserve Your Space! If you have always wanted to join a wonderful group of women to learn and develop your psychic and healing abilities in an empowered and safe space, This One's For You! For those who want to seriously pursue your Spiritual Education, attend 3- 4 week series of classes and on the 13th week we will have a Ceremony of Graduation Honoring you into the Apprentice Level. If you want to come and these dates are not good call me! And yes let your friends know as Scorpio - I feel the call of the Barred Owl drawing me deep into silence. well. You may be able to join later too if need be Psychic Development There is a mystery and I am entranced by the magic that I feel brewing and Empowerment, Women's Magic and Ritual, Stone Healing, Animal deep inside making tingles in my skin. What adventure does the Goddess Communication, and Healing Potions, & much more @ Moonhaven in of Love have in mind for me this night or will I just have to see for myself Melrose. Call for directions and to reserve your space 352-475-2432 as midnight moonlight crests over the giant pine trees.My body always tells the truth although the nature of one's mind may not. There is a Spring Equinox Celebration at Moonhaven in Melrose! knock on my door, a blend of musk and rose is on the wind, and I am Date: TBA. Time: 6pm - Potluck (all foods welcome) and 7pm - Ritual. opening up. Bring fresh flowers if you can and any instruments you might like or play mine. RSVP please so we know who is coming. Sagittarius - Once in awhile I get to really feel alive and this is my Kindred Sisters — March 2012

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Kindred Sisters - March 2012 Issue  
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The March 2012 issue of Kindred Sisters Magazine.