Monday, March 31, 2008

Urban Sky

Urban Sky
Originally uploaded by Nicole.Kelly
Another story off to Writers of the Future. Hope it goes well. :-)

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Belt Test

Belt Test
Originally uploaded by Nic Launceford
My friend, Nic, who took this photo, calls this my "Bruce Lee" face. LOL. For those of you who are interested, I passed my test! It was really fun and hard. Woohoo!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Kung Fu Kickin'

That's me doing part of my breaking test for my black belt in TKD. Tonight, though, is my first belt test in Kajukenbo. I have to admit to being a bit nervous. I am testing for my orange belt, so wish me luck.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Published works

I thought I would post this article here, in case you all wanted to see what I do for a day job. Ok, I don't work for newspapers anymore, but I really believe in making the transition to a low-impact lifestyle, so I wrote this piece for "The Healing Path."


Politics and feminism

Originally uploaded by Nicole.Kelly
I don't normally allow politics to invade my blog, but I really feel like this article is an article that everyone should read (no matter who they are voting for in this election--or not voting at all).

I am a feminist who makes no apologies to anyone for my beliefs, and it makes me sad to think that there are women out there that are still too afraid to tell men--and other women--that they feel like sexism is still and a national and international problem. I can still vividly remember what made me into the feminist activist I am today. I still thank those powerful women and men in my life that exposed me to these philosophies and set me on the course of growing up proud to be a woman.

I hope one day my sisters (currently not even teenagers), will see a woman running for president and NOT hear people yelling for the candidate "iron my shirt", and not see people imply that a known wife batterer should have married the candidate (presumably to kill her or put her in place), or watch the media criticize her for her husband's indiscretions. Hillary may not be your candidate, but she is a brave woman who is going through what most of us go through in a day, week, month, and lifetime; she's just going through it on prime time.

I was 13 years old when I started on this journey. By the time I was 15, I experienced my first true act of misogyny. That's sad. I hope that the next generation of women never experience what I have, and certainly not so young.