The CWCW Blog

Creative Tools to Shatter Grief

WHEN I WAS young I made a vow to myself – to live my life as creatively as possible. I expressed myself through dance and choreography, writing journals, poetry and songs. My childhood career as a member of a family folk singing group gave me the opportunity to explore the power of music to connect people and to highlight the need for social [...]

The Politics of Penis Power

A WOMAN COULD win the presidency and men are determined to show us she doesn’t possess the right stuff, literally, a penis. Donald Trump and Marco Rubio are comparing penis size in their run for the presidency.  What a difference Hillary has made in the 2016 race. A woman could win the presidency and men are determined to show us she doesn’t [...]

Single and Ready for Change

I was scrolling through my Facebook feed when I saw that one of my friends posted the following article, “The Single American Woman” from NYmag. Written by Rebecca Traister, the article was adapted from her book, All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation. The piece highlights the fact that this growing [...]

A Question for “Everyone Is Gay”

buckybarnesfanatic asked: “Is it okay to call myself gay when I am bisexual? Gay has become such an umbrella term that it feels much easier, but I will stop if I’m not allowed to.” — Kristin Says: Okay, okay, okay, okay. There is a LOT going on here, so let’s take this apart a tiny bit, shall we? You are ALLOWED to call yourself a giraffe if [...]

There’s a Lot to Scream About These Days

I MISSED SCREAMING. When I taught in upstate New York, I used to pick up my little nieces on Saturday mornings and take them with me to the car wash. We pretended we were in a horror film. By the time those big steamy, sudsy strips started slapping the car, we were in full-throated screams. Their little eyes bugged out, veins popped in their [...]

Why I Wrote the Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook

After more than two years in the making, and just days after the US and world announced goals to reduce food waste, I’m thrilled to say that Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook is here–released today! I describe it as a “light-hearted kitchen reference book packed with handy information to help reduce the amount of food wasted in [...]

The Year to Cheer for Women’s Rights

IN 1968, WHEN I was in college, I got my first camera. It was a small, cold machine that felt incredibly powerful — not like a gadget or a tool, but like a grenade, with the power to blow the lid off something big. By the early 1980s, I was living by my wits in New York City and was involved with anti-war photographer Philip Jones Griffiths. [...]

Growing Graciously

I WAS HEADED to the Amani Institute in Nairobi, Kenya after spending the previous week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia visiting Global Good Fund Fellow, Bruktawit Tigabu of Whiz Kids Workshop. Faced with the precious gift of uninterrupted time, I found myself pondering why I was traveling to Africa the first place, especially at the tail end of being [...]

The Sewing Kit

I’VE BEEN BUSY lately. Every day or two, I take some time to sort through the items that defined my parents’ lives: files, old documents – Russia, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, USA – yellowed deeds to properties long sold, faded photographs, birth certificates. My father’s diploma for an apprenticeship as a furrier, completed. A letter [...]

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