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Pin-Ups for Plumas Community Radio Calendar is Here!

img_9887It’s here!!!!!!!

Online purchases of the calendar can be made here for our fundraising calendar for KQNY.

So as some of you know, in my non-existent spare time I’ve been working on a book about body positivity and the rise of acceptance of Plus Size models and Burlesque Dancers called Throwing the Curve (BECAUSE WHY NOT? AND IT’S NOW THE MOST REFRESHING NON POLITICAL THING IN MY LIFE..oh wait…. the body IS political).

Some of you also know I’ve been a DJ with http://www.KQNY919.org since 2011.  I have a show that airs once a week on Wednesdays 2-4 pm PST (you can stream it).

I combined those two passions this summer to create Pin-Ups for Plumas — a calendar fundraiser for the station.

It features 12 women from through out Plumas County from nearly every community. Youngest model is 18 and the oldest is 54.

They’re $20. If ya want one hit me up. They’ll be available at the annual holiday celebration in Quincy, CA SParKLEon the first Friday night in December when the radio station hosts an open house in front of the station on Main Street.

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Dispatch from the Deep North up at Hip Mama

Dispatch from the Deep North

I thank my editor at Hip Mama for encouraging this post.

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School Library Journal does a piece on us!

School Library Journal did a story on us that we think is much closer to the mark than most.

Jane Braxton Little of the Sacramento Bee did an up close and personal story of us (she lives in Greenville).

 

 

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Michelle Bernier for La Habra School District

 

14721452_1769914903270968_3631945887143844646_nMichelle Bernier for School Board

I haven’t written anything really political here I don’t think. I mean Throwing Chanclas is essentially about throwing a house shoe as a statement towards something that needs changing. It’s also about women taking charge of their everything: bodies , families, communities.

It is in this spirit that I tell you about my cousin Michelle Bernier who is running for school board in the North Orange County town of La Habra–I also ask anyone you know in the city of La Habra to vote for her.  She’s a woman unafraid of a challenge and a woman with a moral compass I’ve always admired.

Personally I love her Garcia streak—that DNA that isn’t afraid to call out elephants in rooms. She has an eye to fix things and to do what’s best.

Michelle  and her husband Jeff have two kids in La Habra school district and one graduate. She’s been an advocate for kids getting the services they need (IEPs) and she’s a major proponent of literacy (did you know that the former superintendent got RID OF ALL THE BOOKS IN THE LIBRARIES?! WTH?!). They are the very definition of involved parents. I love going to their house in La Habra and listening to what’s going on and what they wish could change for the better. Now Michelle has decided to take that challenge on.

Michelle is a busy no nonsense sort of woman. You know that old adage about if you want something done ask a busy person? She gets it done.

She also makes the most kick ass aprons around. I have a cool one being made as we speak! Michelle’s Aprons and Creations. I love my Frida one and now I’m getting a Popa and Itza one!

So forgive my campaigning. But North Orange County needs Michelle. If you know anyone who lives in La Habra–forward this.

Michelle Bernier for La Habra City School Board

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Library Project Ghazal

(forgive me in advance for butchering this form)

Library Project Ghazal

We need to tell you we’ve had a complaint about the library.

An anonymous caller says you’ve got feminism in your books.

 

Kids read books with feminism in them will ruin the morals of the valley.

Girls thinking too much of themselves because of what’s in the books.

 

The girl says, my mom won’t let me read anything in here. None of this is

appropriate reading material for our children. There are ideas in these books.

 

The boy says I don’t really read. Just not into it. Nobody’s story is ever

like mine. I haven’t read one of these things since the second grade. Books.

 

You can’t please hardly any of the people any of the time. It seems strange that

with the other media and short attention spans that we still think banning books.

 

Rural America needs words. Lots of words. Words that fight small despairs,

The late Friday night lights of doom. Diagnosis a life without books.

 

We built a library out of the kindness of strangers. Packages coming from around the world. As if the singular grand solution to all that is wrong could be books.

 

Care to add more lines for me?