Learning to be comfortable with being uncomfortable

Fit and Feminist

Over the past few years I’ve gotten considerably faster as a runner, cutting my PRs by about a third at all of the major distances from the mile to the marathon.  I’m still not super fast, but I guess you could say I’m normal person fast.  I’ve been asked a few times to write about how I did it, and the truth is that I didn’t really do anything special.  I just followed the standard suggestions you’ll find in any running publication: regular speed work and tempo runs, running with faster people, strength training, a bit of fat loss so I was carrying less body weight when I ran.

But it’s occurred to me that there’s one big thing I’ve done that I’ve never seen mentioned in any of those “how to get faster” lists, and that’s making the conscious decision to embrace discomfort.

In the past whenever I tried…

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Jamaica’s first legal marijuana plant

Repeating Islands

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Garfield L. Angus (Caribbean News Now) recently reported on a momentous historical event: the planting of Jamaica’s first legal marijuana plant at the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Mona campus on April 20, 2015. Jamaica’s first legal cannabis plant is now on the grounds of the institution.

Minister of science, technology, energy and mining, Phillip Paulwell; justice minister, Senator Mark Golding; university officials, as well as other stakeholders, took part in the symbolic planting ceremony held at the Faculty of Medical Sciences’ Teaching and Research Complex. The government has accorded the UWI an order to cultivate marijuana for medical research, and to also set the pace for the development of a legal cannabis industry. This is in keeping with the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act 2015, which became effective on April 15, and makes provision for development of a medical marijuana industry. A similar licence is to be…

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7 Months After: investigative journalists talk about the Ayotzinapa Case

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7 Months After: investigative journalists talk about the Ayotzinapa Case 

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Seven months after the attack on Ayotzinapa students, I remembered that unspeakable crime by attending a talk at my local branch library (Temescal) in Oakland. For several hours last Saturday, Anabel Hernández and Steve Fisher talked about their work as investigative journalists. Both are postgraduate fellows at the University of California Berkeley’s School of Journalism in the Investigative Reporting Program. [1] They are currently investigating the Ayotzinapa Case and have written several articles for the Mexican weeklyProceso.

Hernández and Fisher have debunked the federal government’s official version of the Ayotzinapa Case piece by piece. For example, the federal government denied that the Federal Police were involved. Hernández and Fisher obtained a key piece of evidence that told a different story: the September 26, 2014 monitoring record from the Center…

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Unarmed Teen Killed By Police Cried: ‘Mommy, Mommy, Please Come!’: LAist

Police said they found gang-related graffiti inside of the home after the shooting. They also arrested four others in the incident: Edgar and German Rodarte, ages 20 and 21, respectively, and Yesenia Pineda, 22, and Ceclia Cox, 22. However, the family says Hector Morejon was not in a gang. Their statement said that linking him to a gang “reflects the police department’s immediate tactic to attempt to make the victim of a police killing (here Hector) appear like a bad person. Hector was a sweet son and favored little brother.”

Anyone with information regarding this shooting is urged to contact the Long Beach Police Homicide Detail at 562-570-7244.

via Unarmed Teen Killed By Police Cried: ‘Mommy, Mommy, Please Come!’: LAist.

WE MAY HAVE GIVEN OUR VOICE AWAY, BUT WE HAVE NEVER LET GO OF OUR POWER

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It’s my last night in the US and I am sitting at the kitchen table of Earl and Aisha Meshigaud in Bark River, Michigan. Earl is the Kitchta – spiritual leader – and head of the cultural center of the Potowatomi tribe in the Upper Peninsula of Lake Michigan. Outside on a hilltop, framed in the prairie lands, the Wobanon, the ceremonial lodge, is catching the last golden rays of the day.

Earl makes it a point that it is unjust to see the indigenous ways as a religion.

It is a way of life. Ceremonies are a way of maintaining and restoring the relations to all that is living.

Aisha continues her husband’s teachings about the quintessential role of the woman in the ceremonies.

We may have given up our voice but we have never let go of our power.

‘Our power is to get  – and bring others…

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