Posts Tagged 'culture'

Women’s votes, women’s voices

A couple weeks ago a dear friend of mine invited a group of us to visit the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma. It’s one of those institutions I’ve been meaning to visit one of these years; I don’t get down to Tacoma very often. They were opening a new exhibit about Northwest women and the suffrage movement, and that piqued my interest.


I’m a thoroughly modern woman, and sometimes take for granted my rights and freedoms. This exhibit is a reminder of the extraordinary women who fought for some of those rights a hundred years ago.

Women’s Votes, Women’s Voices is on view at the Washington State History Museum throught September 27.


Bitesize dissolution

Facebook is… the best social networking serviceĀ  available, I think. It’s fun (and wastes a lot of time), especially for those of us vain enough to think (hope) that others will notice what we’ve put in our status updates and find it clever.

Recent developments in facebook’s security problems aside, I encountered something in the newsfeed today that bothered me.


When two facebook users who were previously in a relationship split up – unless they’ve modified their settings to prevent it — the shift shows up as a news item for all of their friends to see. Seems to make a significant life change into something pitifully trite.

Every little thing


My very favorite website right now is

It’s a new search tool being developed in Seattle (with funding from Vulcan – thanks Mr. Allen). It shows relevant connections between all sorts of interesting people, places and things.

Go try it!

Peaceful transfer of power

The New York Times

This photo shows President Obama and Michelle Obama escorting former President Bush and Laura Bush to their helicopter following the inauguration.

I believe this is a day of hope for the United States and the world. And this morning I was particularly struck by something we may take for granted in this country – the peaceful transition from one leader to the next.

In the words of President Obama: “Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.”

And on a lighter note, I am delighted by the First Lady’s unique color choices – yellow dress, green gloves and teal shoes!

Muji for the masses


Racked NY

Muji, the Japanese lifestyle anti-brand (Mujirushi Ryohin translates roughly as “no brand, quality products”), has 200+ stores in Japan and continues to build its following while opening new stores in Europe and the United States.

In their bright shops you’ll find homewares, paper goods, linens and clothing. And everything adheres to the modern aesthetics of clean lines, simplicity, functionality. It’s kinda like IKEA, kinda like the Container Store. But more refined, more crisp. More Japanese. And the spare philosophy extends to Muji’s ecologically friendly packaging and manufacturing processes.

What is it that appeals most – Is it the clean functionality of the products? The “no logo” branding scheme which makes us believe we’re supporting a sort of populist design for the people? The low prices? I don’t know, but wouldn’t my place be super tidy with everything tucked neatly away in Muji organizers?