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Eden Foods Files Suit Against Contraception Mandate, Citing Birth Control As Immoral. PLEASE!!! Anne Says: Don’t Support Eden Foods With Your Wallet!

Scandinavian Women Lead the World in Equality & Governing | Anne Sends Big Hugs to Helsinki, Finland

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Why Philadelphia Women Need the Earned Sick Days Bill

Izabel Goulart in Sign from Lilith That Anne Has Religious Morals After All

Gang of 10 Republican NM Women Want to Jail Rape Victims for 3 Years If They Abort

First Lady Michelle Obama in Jason Wu | The Feminine Feminist

Cameron Russell Says Privilege & Insecurity Make Modeling A Bad Career Choice

Islam, Western Guilt, Original Sin & Sensuality | Koray Birand’s Alyssa Miller Images Celebrate Female Eroticism

Is Maison Martin Margiela’s H&M Collaboration Subversive in Nature?

Billionaires Going Rogue 2012 Election | Rise of Superdads | Over My Dead Body | Dating Goes Partisan

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Sailing Towards Ithaca As A Sensual Journey

Australian Ballet Jubilee | Will Davidson | Vogue Australia November 2012 | ‘Heavenly Creatures’

Fashion’s Hippie Love Trend Is Tied to Womanly Cultural Creative Values

50 Years Later, Marilyn Monroe Remains the Ultimate Smart Sensuality Blonde

Alfred Hitchcock’s Obsession: Sienna Miller As Tippi Hedren in ‘The Girl’

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer: Female, 30-Something, Glamorous & Pregnant | Women’s IQs Now Higher Than Men’s

Cosa Bella’s ‘La Dolce Vita’ | Women of Harlot Babylon

Our Jewelry Expresses the Eroticism of Nature & Beauty of Woman

Louis Vuitton’s Yayoi Kusama Celebration | David Austin Roses | Kate Scott Photography

Eve Ensler’s ‘The Vagina Monologues’ Will Be Read With Eve Ensler At Michigan Capitol June 18th

Small Town Aryanna Strader Voters Like Cupcake Liners, Too

Catholic Bishops Hats Inspire Coconut Shrimp Recipe

For Sister Margaret Farley Responsible Pleasure Is Not a Sin

UniteWomen.org Calls Out PA (R) Congressman Joseph Pitts, Sponsor of HR 358 ‘Let Women Die’ Bill

Bye Bye to UniteWomen.org, Karen Teegarden & Anita Doll Fiouris

Tabea Koebach | Seiji Fujimori | The Ground #2 | ‘The Throne’

Elephants are Matriarchal and Kind to Females in the Animal World | Stop the Republican Disgrace of Elephants

Believing in Birth Control Doesn’t Make Me Un-American | 2 Ps in a Pod by Anne

Franca Sozzani: Living Simply and Thinking Big | We Call It Cultural Creative Wisdom

Marloes Horst | Will Davidson | Harper’s Bazaar Australia March 2012 | ‘Wanderlust’

Research Review: Are Kids of Gay Parents Better Off With Mom & Imprisoned Dad?

Bro. Dennis on Ultra-Orthodox, Fundamentalist, Extreme Moralists as ‘Evil Incarnate’| 2Ps in a Pod

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Sunday
Sep042011

'Waste Landscape' Metallic CD Dune By Elise Morin & Clémence Eliard

Waste Landscape is on display in Paris’ Centquartre space in the Halle d’Aubervilles until September 11, 2011. Elise Morin (artist) and Clémence Eliard (architect) of SMALL MEDIUM LARGE design studio, in collaboration with the 104.fr, have collected 65,000 CDs, now representing throwaway technology and rubbish in our MP3 society.

The result is a 600 square meters artificial undulating landscape of metallic dune, a seductive and artistic eruption into our environmental consciousness — should we choose to receive it.

Best explained in the words of the artists themselves, “the project joins a global, innovative, and committed approach, from its means of production until the end of its “life”.  Waste Landscape will be displayed in locations coherent with the objectives of the project: art’s role in society, raising consciousness towards environmental problems through culture, alternative modes of production and the valuation of district associative work and professional rehabilitation… Waste Landscape is at the crossroad of contemporary art, landscaping and environmental concerns.”

At the end of its exhibition lifecycle, ‘Waste Landscape’ will meet its next transformation into recycled polycarbonate.

 

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Sunday
Sep042011

God, Women & Materialism | Vogue Italia's Smart Sensuality Values

Heather Marks, Anja Rubik & Tatiana Kovylina | David Lachapelle | Vogue Italia October 2001 | Shoes Portfolio

There is so much serendipity at AOC, that it’s unnerving at moments. I just responded to a reader comment on an older article discussing scientific discovery and human nature. The reader prompted me to post a group of three articles on women and religion on our new FP View, calling it Sunday Studies. I rather like this concept of fashionista reflections!

Besides rejecting science, the writer also rejects materialism — a topic that is near and dear to my heart, being a believer in conscientious consumption if not a total rejection of consumption, which creates billions of jobs worldwide.

Fast forward into an immediate Google Image search under a photographer’s name — Julia Kiecksee -- and I run first into this no- traffic blog, with an image composite ‘This Is The House That Doubt Built”.

Truly bizarre because Kiecksee — who we will flush out today in depth is my kind of woman photographer — and her work appears on a blog that is reflective about the relationship between women and materialism. Wow! Grab more French Roast. 

On this same blog ‘if only’, there is a David Lachapelle January 2005 Vogue Italia editorial featuring Heather Marks, Anja Rubik and Tatiana Kovylina. Styled by Nicoletta Santoro, the editorial is ‘Shoes Portfolio’, although I barely noticed them.

Vogue Italia frequently prompts a larger discussion of fashion that creates controversy. See this month’s Stella Tennant | Steven Meisel | Vogue Italia Oct 2011 | ‘The Discipline of Fashion’.

The easy of connecting these dots gets at the heart and soul of Anne of Carvesville, a modern-day balancing act focused on the hearts and minds of Smart Sensuality people. 

We share an interesting perspective on AOC mid-week, thanks to a post on the improvement of digital eyeballs at Vogue.com — which is a Modern values publication and website, whereas Vogue Italia is for Smart Sensuality types like us.

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Tuesday
Aug302011

Father Kills 3 Raped Daughters for Honor in Libya | Mukhtar Mai Afraid in Pakistan

Shattered: Human rights investigators interviewed survivors of the siege of Misrata and revealed widespread war crimes by Gaddafi’s men.Physicians for Human Rights reports an agonizing story out of Libya, one that stops the hearts of those of us who support international women’s rights. Three girls aged 15, 17 and 18 were allegedly assaulted by soldiers while at school in Tomina, located near the war-shattered city of Misrata.

The crime emerged from the June interviews conducted around human rights abuses in Libya. The report issued by PHR said that the three girls returned to their family in late April, telling their father that they had been raped in the Alwadi Alahdar elementary school for three consecutive days.

In response, the father slit each of his daughters’ throats with a knife that very day, killing them. Another long-time Tomina resident and mother of three corroborated these ‘honor killings’ to the PHR team.

The report continues with PHR reporting that one obstetrician/gynecologist saying that Libyan women won’t go to the gynecologist after being raped. Another informant interviewed said: ‘If Qaddafi destroys a building, it can be rebuilt. But when Qaddafi rapes a woman, the whole community is destroyed forever. He know this, and so rape is his best weapon.’ The informant said ‘I’d prefer to die if that happened to my wife.’

Gaddafi Maid Suffering from Burns

Burned Gadhafi family nanny being treated in Tripoli CNN

Shweyga Mullah was discovered and interviewed by CNN, then hospitalized in Tripoli for terrible burns she says came when she refused to beat Aline Skaf Gadhafi’s small child, who was crying for an extended time. Mullah was the Ethiopian nanny to Hannibal and Aline Gadhafi’s young son and daughter for the past year.

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Sunday
Aug282011

Reflections on Simplicity, Quiet Pleasures & Rhubarb Cordials

It’s quite possible that you will learn everything you ever needed to know about maximizing the culinary beauty of rhubarb by reading A Little Zaftig.

For AOC readers, we are stuck on the beauty of the images and a recollection from ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’, 1891:

I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex. ~Oscar Wilde

It was my intention to publish the recipe for Rhubarb Cordial, but now believe it’s a reader’s choice. There’s a whole lot of sugar in this gem of a recipe, and I can’t in good conscience promote excessive sugar consumption.

Clearly a little bit of this cordial goes a long way, so don’t let me deny your sensual pleasure.

Still, I can’t let go of the rhubarb cordial images, so satisfying to my senses. Just looking at the pictures is a special pleasure, one that unleashes my imagination into smelling the rhubarb simmering on the stove, stirring the pot with a wooden spoon, toasting the final result of the spring harvest in crystal, and even writing a sexy short about the erotic escapades of drinking cordials for two on a verandah in Carversville or Charleston.

My thoughts are a reminder of new research on food consumption and exposure to the sensations of food. Impossible as it seems, seeing beautiful food imagery can satisfy our appetites, not turn them on full blast.

These visual delights also remind me of a 10-year relationship with a sensually expansive partner (not the Italian — remember, I’m not 35), one whose sexual preferences were too broad for me, even though I was amazingly tolerant to the point of no return.

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Sunday
Aug282011

Gaddafi & Berlusconi | Tax Rates, Red & Blue States | Americans & Happiness

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Gaddafi’s Connection to Italy and Berlusconi The Daily Beast

The close friendship between Muammar Gaddafi and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is not widely publicized in the US. A bit tongue in cheeck, TDB writes that Gaddafi’s greatest gift to the Italian billionaire could be teaching him the nubile sex ritual known as “bunga-bunga”.

Berlusconi’s photo shaking hands with Gaddafi is on all Libyan passports issued since 2008 when the two leaders signed a bilateral “Treaty of Friendship, Partnership and Cooperation” in Libya. When Italy got involved with NATO bombardments, Gaddafi expressed his disappointment in Berlusconi. “I am so shocked, I feel betrayed, I don’t even know what to say to Berlusconi.” In secret messages that will be released by Italy’s foreign ministry next week, Gaddafi blatantly threatens to turn the tiny island of Lampedusa into an “inferno by infiltrating the refugees with armed fighters.” Italy’s foreign minister Franco Frattini says, “Gaddafi also planned to masquerade military cadavers in civilian clothing and blame NATO.”

Berlusconi may be the top Italian leader with a historically tight relationship with the Libyan dictator, but he is hardly the only one, writes TDB.

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Saturday
Aug272011

Lisa's Slow Living Life Makeover Begins In Holland, Michigan

Welkom! Jumping Off the Planet and a New Landing Pad

Welkom to Holland, Michigan, USA! We (Lisa Catherine Brown and my husband Coley) have finally landed in our new place after making a swift decision to change our lives. This choice took us from a 3-acre peaceful country home centered deeply in distressed eastern Michigan to a downtown loft in a mid-sized coastal community on the west coast of the state. A distance of 162 miles seems a lifetime away after less than a month of settling into our new digs.

We can now boast of living in the second happiest city in America, according to a Gallup-Healthways Well-being Index poll released last February. Considering Michigan being one of the most economically embattled states with double digit unemployment levels, this may seem like an anomaly in the ranking of metropolitan areas throughout the US.

So what makes us happy and why did we challenge ourselves with this move?

Happy, young couple at the beach.

Big RedThe Happiness Factors

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Sunday
Aug212011

Is Bachmann's Peter C Waldron Connected to Uganda's "Kill Gays' Bill? 

Michelle Bachmann’s new head of faith-based initiatives for her presidential campaign is Peter C. Waldron. Waldron has long worked in GOP presidential campaigns, including Reagan/Bush Bush/Quayle, Bauer, McCain and Bush/Cheney.

Peter Waldron is the founder of Christians Restoring America’s Greatness and The Save the Family Foundation, where he is president.

From Christians Restoring America’s Greatness FB page:

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