Mon., April 22, is a day for everyone — environmentalists and non-environmentalists alike — to surround ourselves with fresh air, feel the rich soil underneath their feet and discover their inner naturalists. Luckily, Tampa Bay organizations provide a variety of ways to help you show your love and appreciation for the planet we call home. If it's more convenient for you to celebrate over the weekend, rather than the Monday the holiday actually falls on, you have plenty of options.
That is the question that's pondered in the documentary film, In Organic We Trust. Through interviews with farmers, academics, and the public, In Organic We Trust tracks the organic movement's split from a philosophy to a corporate industry. Director Kip Pastor started the documentary (his first feature-length film) as a graduate student at the American Film Institute Conservatory. Pastor recently took the time to talk to me about his experience as a food activist and first-time filmmaker from his Los Angeles office.
As Floridians, hurricanes are routine. We are conditioned to it, the pace of preparation every year like clockwork. But as one New Yorker wrote me this morning, "Yes, you guys have hurricanes down there unfortunately. NYC does not, sadly."
So here are some ways people in the area are helping or can help.
"There was no abortion, nothing, we didn't have any rights," Leza said Saturday in front of Jannus Live in St. Petersburg. "That woman was Gloria Steinem."
On Saturday, feminist, journalist and writer Gloria Steinem spoke against Amendment 6 — read more about the amendment here — at the I Am Choice rally at Jannus Live. More than 15 people spoke at the rally, which was attended by 400 plus people. The crowd was primarily composed of young women, with older women and men of all ages also in attendance.
"We certainly think women's issues are family issues because women primarily run their households," said Barbara Zdravecky, president of the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates.
"It's not definitely not getting better," Grefe said. "It is getting younger and older. There is no doubt we've seen an increase in people under 12 years old. Also, more males are being affected today."
Starting yesterday, The National Eating Disorders Association hosts a three-day conference at The Vinoy in St. Petersburg. This year's theme is, "What about us? Diversity and complexity in Eating Disorders."
"The idea is to bring experts from all over the world to communities and family," Grefe said. "We want to get people information, resources, and support."
Grefe said that awareness of eating disorders is improving, which is why numbers for those affected are increasing.
At the time, The Sun Sentinel reported that, "among his proposals, Martinez wants a state law requiring women seeking abortions be tested if they are at least 20 weeks pregnant a reduction of the states current 24-week standard. If doctors determine that the fetus can survive outside the womb, abortion would be allowed only to save the woman's life, under the governor's proposal."
During the dream, I was crouched at the door of the plane and my mind was racing. I was trying to visualize how it would feel having my body plummet thought the sky … the panic, excitement … the rush and the fear. Yes all those feelings and emotions were spinning in my head as I was looking out the door — but each sensation came one at a time. First I was frightened, and then I imagined excitement and the rush. ... then back to fear. It felt so controlled, like I was planning how it was going to feel!! A rehearsal?
I looked over and saw an unknown skydive instructor (it was not Jack, the male skydiver friend) and I said to him, 'Can we do a tandem jump?' He said, sure! Let’s do it. He put his arm around me and we leaned toward the opening as we were making ourselves ready to jump, and then I woke up!”