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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Abortion

This morning I stopped at Starbucks on my way to work, because it is going to take a lot of coffee to get me through the next four hours. Mind you, I am in no way shape or form complaining about having two jobs, I am however expressing... grumpiness, towards certain aspects. 

Regardless, as I get to the coffee shop, I grab my morning Times as I do nearly every day. Yes, the headlines were of the Afghan forces struggle, and Detroit's Bond crisis, but the headline that caught my eye (as it would tend to in any circumstance), is the G.O.P. seeking abortion limits on women. At first, I was appalled, as I suspected I would be. However as I got into the reading, I found myself interested in the article itself rather than ripping it apart and pointing out everything that was wrong in it. 

Now, I am extremely opinionated, especially when it comes to women's rights and those concerning reproduction. On most days of the week you will find me preaching about the freedom to do with our bodies what we want, but this article (Unfazed By 2012, G.O.P. is Seeking Abortion Limits, NYT 7/18/2013) seemed to make some sense to me. Yes, the proposed bill is the most radical in decades, and it is highly unlikely it would stand a chance at passing through the legislature with Democratic majority within the Senate and the White House, I acknowledge the need for limitations on abortions. I recognize that many people get the procedure done as an escape for irresponsible sex, and in those circumstances, an abortion after 22 weeks (when a fetus can feel pain), should not be allowed to happen. However there are other circumstances in which I feel a limitation on an abortion would be harmful, if nothing else but to the mother - for instance, health risks that can develop later in the pregnancy.

The article points out many state governments are working on their own to pass restrictions on abortions. With the Republican reputation among women having fallen after the Presidential debates (see Romney's "binder of women" comment), it makes me wonder, what kind of footing a bill that infringes on human rights could possibly have.

Thoughts?

Monday, May 20, 2013

Summer Classes

Just as I was about to begin enjoying my summer, reality hits. Summer classes begin today for me, however thankfully they are online classes and I am able to do my homework from the comfort of my bed. This summer I am taking on 12 credits, the equivalent of a full time work load, though thankfully six credits are for my internship. Regardless, this is going to make my graduation date Spring 2014, meaning I shaved off an entire year of college.

Having taken a full year off school, it's about time I got the gears in motion. And while I complain about the amount of work and how tired I am, I know it has paid off even if I don't have the diploma in my hand right now. I am admittedly stressed once again over taking the LSAT'ls, however I know I have an arsenal of help at my disposal between blogs and school, and it is the doorway to my future.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Canvassing

So this summer, I decided to join a citizen-based advocacy group called CCAG - Connecticut Citizen Action Group, and get my feet in the door to canvassing politically. While at some point I am switching to interning, creating spreadsheets and what have you, I will in the mean time be knocking on doors asking people to call representatives and to join CCAG. After finding out I graduate in the Spring, I decided the more I could get done academically this summer, the better off I would be. As of yesterday, I have officially joined CCAG's canvassing team! The first day of anything is always the hardest, and this was no different. We all know just how much I love rejection, so this was really throwing me out of my comfort zone. But I can't say I didn't learn from it!

Up in Hartford, there is a bill (technically three bills, HB 6401, HB6402 and SB888, but we can refer to it in a singular form for arguments sake) which could be called to vote any day now, as it has a Calendar number. It would allow telecom companies the ability to jack up prices of services without improving the service quality, which is simply absurd. Additionally, it has the potential to allow companies to construct cell towers wherever they want in state parks and across the state itself. I mean, I know I wouldn't want my view of Sleeping Giant to suddenly have a cell tower eye-sore staring me in the face... And finally, it has the potential to force users into bundles and packages they may not want or need, or simply have everyone switch to VoIP (voice over internet protocol) such as Skype or U-Verse, which is a) unreliable as it uses the internet and that can go down at any moment, and b) many senior citizens do not use the internet, but rely on copper land lines for communication and often times their Medicalerts. These telecom companies could also cut the use of someones land line within 30 days, without notice, for no reason at all, if the bills were allowed to pass. Not having been written by our legislators themselves, this bill got in through ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council), a backdoor alliance between politicians and corporations.

Just last year we shut down a very similar if not the same fight, so we need to do it again. Anyone who knows me knows that while my dad has a cellphone, he automatically goes to the land line when there is a power outage, and if nothing else, AT&T is notorious for its terrible customer service and spotty coverage as it is - why pay more?!

I trekked a bunch of territory in Waterford yesterday, and while for the most part I was miserable, either being told to go away, or simply letting me spill my schpeel and then told no, I ended up having a decent night. I'm not sure many people known Joan Baez, but I met her cousin last night and undeniably had an enjoyable evening talking to Mr. Samuel Baez about his service in the US Navy, his new book, and seeing his house. Let me tell you - he is one amazing fella!

That being said, I have a second day to canvas today, and we'll see how that goes. But I think we all know I would prefe 5bb2 r a computer in front of me rather than somebody's door.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Summer Trends


Summer is here, and I can't express my excitement nearly enough. Lately I've been purging my closet and getting rid of things I don't wear, and things I've outgrown. At the same time, it means my closet is rather bare. But not to worry! Marley Lilly has some fantastic finds, and everything is monogrammable. We all know how important that is, and who doesn't like to own something that is exclusively theirs. I've heard around campus it's time to put the yoga pants, Uggs and North Faces away, and I couldn't agree more. It's time we all shed the winter layers, including that insulation layer. I will admit, I put a few layers on myself, but nothing the gym, and healthy eating right won't fix.

Back to what's exciting - I've ordered my hat for the Belmont and a few hair bows, as my old collection have seemingly gone MIA. Additionally, we always have to consider the traditional wayfarers as a staple in anyone's wardrobe- the ones J.Crew has are my absolute favorite.
Additionally, don't forget that sunscreen - find some makeup (Dior - 20 SPF) that has some SPF in it - from what I've seen, most are 15-20 SPF. Don't forget to drink that water, and spend some time at the beach - everyone likes being healthy, and what's better than some H2O and Vitamin-D?

What do you see becoming a trend?

Monday, May 6, 2013

Coffee Dates and Sunshine.

So, finals are finally here, summer is in the air, and I'm so ready to close all textbooks and sleep out in the sun. I have one at six pm tonight, and I'm so fried from preparing for it, what better way to unwind than to clear my head with good company and some sunshine? And an Oreo frappe of course; today was a fantastic day, simply put.


Jake and I have been friends for... five years now? And he's always been there for me and he's one of the only people I can actively discuss anything and everything with. He's saved me, in every sense of the word. Jake's been home for five days now and this was the first day I got to see my best friend - it was just a breath of fresh air to get away from everything and go back to a much simpler time when I can sit down reeking of horse and not have to worry who was looking and what people were thinking. For example, I got this new pen the other day from the Disney Store, and it's absolutely amazing. And Jake didn't judge me (at least, not too harshly) for it.



Do you have friends you can honestly say are your best friends? Keep them close. Make sure you tell them how much they mean to you. Especially with summer knocking at our doors and friends departing for three months, it will mean a lot to let them know they're loved and will be missed.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Eating Healthy

I know in college it's easy to gain that Freshman 15, and hard to lose it. Especially going into summer, we all want to look our best and get that "rockin' beach bod." Step one of course, is to eat healthy. Sure there are other options, like fat burning pills, or starvation, but in order to be healthy on the outside, you need to be healthy on the inside.

Having gone through eating disorders, I understand what it takes to get to the point where you're finally satisfied with yourself. So like I said, step one is eating right. You know those little colored tabs on the back of chips and frito bags? They mean things - though I'll have to find the picture later that describes what each color means. I recall however that black means it's entirely processed and doesn't go bad. So stay away from those! Drink water - lots of it! It helps reduce dark circles under your eyes, and reduces acne!

My diet consists of either a yogurt and fruit or fruit and cottage cheese for breakfast, lunch is typically soup or a salad, and dinner, if I can get it, is a salad and perhaps some chicken. I take a multivitamin every day and exercise as I can - whether it's at the barn with my horse, or in the ballet studio, or even at 6:45am at the school gym.

Here's a cute info-graphic I found that says it all:


So what are you going to do to stay healthy?

Friday, May 3, 2013

Changes

Summer is on our doorstep, and that means it's country music concerts, beaches, sunshine, relaxation and good company. I know I'm excited to see the end of this semester, as I'm sure most of this campus is. I'm going to miss my friends, but thankfully we're all commuters which means we will see one another over the summer. For some of us however, it means summer college courses and summer jobs. I for one, plan to do both. Thankfully, my summer classes are online, and I won't have to leave the comfort of my beach towel. I'll just have to wrestle with that darn sunlight...

But this blog post isn't intended to be targeted towards summer, as much as I'm sure the next will be. Changes. There will be changes to this blog, as I've decided to steer away from politics, for the summer at least. There will always be politics in the news, and there will be plenty of posts about whatever that topic... The purpose in creating Inspire this Generation is to inspire the readers to get off the sofa and do something, whether it's clean the cat litter, plant a tree, or get involved in a lobbying firm. I'm going to be putting more things up, as I have far more ideas bouncing around than I had before, with this new revelation.

Good luck on your finals, and enjoy summer!

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