The Impact of HB2* on Women of Color


The national media missed its chance to cover the SB5 debate and filibuster in real time. Despite being contacted by hundreds of pro-choice activists, the cameras didn’t start rolling until after Tuesday night. Now that the battle against restrictive abortion laws in Texas is receiving national attention, Senator Wendy Davis is at the core of almost every report. Though Sen. Davis took an incredible stand for the women of Texas, her story is not the only story. 

In the House, the battle to delay a vote on SB5 was controlled almost entirely by women of color. Representatives Dukes, Farrar, Gonzalez, Allen, González, and Thompson were responsible for offering amendment after amendment to SB5 – all rejected without debate. The bill’s sponsor in the House, Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, not only refused to answer questions on the floor about the bill, but refused to take the mike to enter her Motion to Table…

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Hundreds Attend Abortion-Rights Rally In Dallas

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A rally organized to condemn a restrictive abortion measure has drawn more than 200 people to downtown Dallas.

Planned Parenthood took its Stand With Texas Women campaign to City Hall Plaza Wednesday, drawing a crowd of orange-clad protesters carrying signs like, “Don’t Mess with Texas Women.”

More than 1,100 supporters attended a similar rally the day before in downtown Houston. Another stop is scheduled for Wednesday evening in Fort Worth, the hometown of Sen. Wendy Davis. She earlier led a Democratic filibuster that put the bill in the national spotlight.

Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, was among the speakers Wednesday in Dallas.

The group said that policies put in place by Governor Rick Perry and the state legislature have already forced the closure of more than 55 women’s health centers, and if SB1 passes dozens more health centers will shut their doors.

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20 Books That Will Change Your Life

Thought Catalog

1. Paint It Black by Janet Fitch

This was one of those books I read as I entered my 20’s and have the tendency to re-read at least once a year. It follows a young woman whose boyfriend commits suicide and the weird path she goes down trying to piece it all together. Fitch is a fantastic writer who likes to use California as a backdrop to women figuring themselves out.

2. The Best of Roald Dahl by Roald Dahl

It wasn’t until I was 21 that I realized my favorite author as a child also wrote fiction for adults. And as I’ve discovered, most people don’t . This is a collection of his more popular short stories, many of which inspired by his time spent in the British military and truly a testament to what an amazing writer he was. It’s a little something to grow with you from…

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The TED Blog: Telling Stories, Spreading Ideas

The Blog

This week, TED’s summer conference, TEDGlobal 2013, kicks off in Edinburgh, Scotland. At TEDGlobal, the world’s innovators and thinkers gather to tell stories and share knowledge — it’s where disciplines and perspectives in business, technology, culture, and the arts merge and cross-pollinate, and where attendees are asked to pause and Think Again.

Sounds inspiring, doesn’t it? If you’re not attending, you should know you can always get your dose of TED on the TED Blog, a VIP site. But we should warn you: there’s so much to discover on the TED Blog — it may just overload your brain.

Since many of you are out there writing, creating, and finding ways to share your own ideas with the world, we think that’s a good thing.

TED Blog

Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find on the TED Blog:

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yummy in my tummy

yummy in my tummy

I just really like making smoothies. Serves 2 1 Banana 3 Strawberries 1/2 Orange 1/4 cup Granola – Whole Foods 3 tbsp Strawberry Yogurt – Pantry Essentials 2/3 cup Coconut Milk – Silk Ice Cubes

RED Tour Dallas: The reviews are in! Play it again, Sparkly Dressed

The Swift Agency

Talk real slow, Taylor Nation

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who’s grateful for all nice feedback he gets about his amateurish writing, you’d think we’d run out of things to blog about. Actually, I run out of time to blog about everything that is out there and I have to be selective. Sometimes, there’s more to blog than meets the time.

Dallas News has an excellent review of the entire concert by music critic Mario Tarradell. Now this is the way to do a review, describing the concert at length. You won’t agree with everything that the author writes. Although he obviously enjoys the concert, there are things he doesn’t like. That’s fine. But it’s a very honest critique and it is overall positive of the Sparkly Dressed’s performance at the Cowboys Stadium last night, May 25. You can read the entire article at Dallas News.

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Famous Authors’ Handwritten Outlines for Great Works of Literature


Writing a novel (or a story, for that matter) is confusing work. There are just so many characters running all over the place, dropping hints and having revelations. So it’s no surprise that many authors plan out their works beforehand, in chart or list or scribble form, in order to keep everything straight. After the jump, you’ll find a mini collection of those planning papers, so you can take a peek into the process of some of your favorite authors, from James Salter to J.K. Rowling.

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