Festival of the Holy Perogy Observed

November 25, 2017

 

Unauthorized Women’s Institute – Radical Chapter

 

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Member at Large returns to Regina with her carrier bag

 

The regular meeting of the Unauthorized Women’s Institute – Radical Chapter was held at Salon de Zed. The minutes from the previous meeting were read and accepted.

After a motion was made and accepted to officially name the night before the Festival of the Holy Perogy, Perogy Eve, a Perogy Procession ensued. The perogies were then blessed by our Patron Saint, Aunt Violet and anointed with butter before sharing and eating.

Convener of Medicine Bags and Body Language provided an overview on a science and magic lecture recently attended. A lively discussion of Quantum eclipsing Newtonian physics occurred – Convener of Secrets and Clean Drinking Water for all Canadians reframed this discussion as our “white, western narrative being foregrounded as our story of our ignorance.” The discussion was followed by several members coming forward to share stories of moving matter in their lives. The Convener of Pedagogy and Paranormal described being followed by a moss covered rock during a recent walk in the woods. Another member described the doorbell being rung on several occasions by a deceased loved one. All members agreed that the universe was vast and expansive and holds more than we can ever know.

Convener of Medicine Bags and Body Language raised the current state of elder care. A motion to have tactile walls, fidget quilts, storytelling, music and dance therapy be instituted immediately into every elder care facility in the province was made and unanimously accepted.

A discussion of the gendered division of labour and a lively exchange of the pedagogy of home economics and shop stories that we were raised under occurred. One member described being able to take shop and learning how to make wooden bowls. Another testified being “forbidden” to take shop and was so angry about being forced to take home economics she testified spitting into the food before it was taste tested by the teacher. Another member came forward and reported the distress she experienced after being “forced” to sew a kaftan. Convener of Ukuleles Magic and Love was the first “girl” to take shop at Woodruff High. Members unanimously agreed that a plaque commemorating this event should be installed in the front foyer of the school. A motion to accept the development of a Cross Dressing Tall Girl sub committee was passed.

A motion was made to nominate the Unauthorized Women’s Institute to sponsor a political party named Ten Thousand Ladies (TTL). The TTL is a response to the poisonous heroes who are bashing, raping and killing us. A flag design was immediately conceptualized. After a short brainstorm, members appeared to favour the breast shaped windsock. The Convener of Medicine Bags and Body Language was elected as First Lady of the Ten Thousand Ladies (TTL). While the Convener of Hair and Fiber reviewed the registration requirements for a political party in Canada on the Canadian Government website, the development of understandings, policies, agreements, alliances, decrees, laws occurred helping to build a solid foundation to drive the TTL to identify what’s happening and create conditions for loving each other less violently. It was unanimously agreed that a new member who is good with numbers be recruited to take care of the TTL’s financial house. An overview of sleep patterns and the impacts and limits of Facebook to organize politically was debated.

The Convener of Fancy Underthings highlighted the story of her grandparents escape from the Russian Cossacks and being part of the “Canadian Immigration Plan” to Saskatchewan. Although her grandparents – then young children – had been on the same boat heading to Canada, as evidenced in an archival photo taken while they were on the voyage, upon arrival they we separated and lived in separate communes. They did not meet again till much later when they met, fell in love and married.

Convener of Secrets and Clean Drinking Water for All will be returning to Saskatchewan in January to resume her teaching duties. Along with recovering her snow boots and digging out her parka, the Convener of Secrets and Clean Drinking Water for all Canadians has formed a sub committee to explore the practice of pickle accompaniment to vodka drinking. An update on this practice will be provided at the next meeting. Before leaving for Saskatchewan, Convener of Secrets and Clean Drinking Water for all Canadians, bequeathed a collection of “orphaned photos” to the Unauthorized Women’s Institute. These photos will be catalogue and placed in the Archives of the Museum of Everyday Objects, an affiliate organization of the Unauthorized Women’s Institute. Activities involving the orphaned photo collection will be updated as needed.

The next meeting will be January 13, 2018. The Annual Festival du Fromage and will be held at House of Goo Rue. Soviet styled borscht, perogies, triplicate salad and lemon loaf were served during recess. Popcorn was offered immediately after recess. James and the Giant Peach was recommended reading. Moustaches, antlers and ukuleles are strongly encouraged, but remain optional at meetings. The music of Dakhabrakha was also recommended.

 

Convener of Minutes and Musings

 

Addendums:

 

Hello to the first of the 10000 ladies!
I am still in a perogy coma…..unbelievably delicious Jeina!
Thanks for such a wonderful night….sorry I was just about asleep for the
latter part…..so incredibly tired this past week. So much fun though!
Thanks Zed and Jeina so much for hosting the festivities, and thank you Mary
Lou and Lisa for the ride as always. Lovely to meet you Goo and great to see
Barb again! Missed you Sandra and Louise!
Looking forward Shmengie(sp?)Christmas/aka Cheesefest.
Still worshipping the Holy Perogy!
xo C

 

That was a great night!

Thank you Z & J for sharing your beautiful home and delicious perogies.  Such a fabulous meal!  Thank you everyone.  I’m still feeling my chin for signs of butter!

It was great to catch up, share stories and make plans for the revolution.  My mind is still whirling.  I fear Lisa will have serious work with those minutes.  

Louise and Sandra.. you were truly missed.  Hope you can save the date for Shmengie Christmas/Cheesefest!  January 13th I believe.

Charm, I wish you wonderful success in Maple Ridge and beyond.  May your near future feel well rested!

Viva la Ten Thousand Ladies!!

Your first lady of the day,

TTL len (true titular leadership)

Dibs on a deluxe pickle tray at our next event!!  

 

 TTLadies!

Confirming January 13th for the next WI meeting. I couldn’t find any Shmenge Christmas on YouTube but found the below link to a Letterman episode…highly recommend watching part 2 as well. 

Thanks for a truly awesome night. I needed to laugh and laugh I did. I obviously needed some perogy magic and you all.

Hugs

Goo

https://youtu.be/_qixMnBDaw4

 

Good heavens that was a delightful evening indeed!

10,000 Ladies!

Perogie miracles!

Too much wine!

Thank you all for filling our home with laughter and friendship and love.

xoxoxoxoxox

looking forward to Cheesefest 7!

woot!

Zed (Convener of Hair and Fibre)

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Unauthorized Institute’s Patron Saint 

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 Staying with the Trouble

April 1, 2017

Unauthorized Women’s Institute – Radical Chapter

 

The regular meeting of the Unauthorized Women’s Institute – Radical Chapter was held at Nootka Holler. The minutes from the previous meeting were read and accepted.

The Conveners of Pedagogy and Paranormal and Minutes and Musings provided a full report on a their recent visit to a Gulf Island Affiliate Chapter. Gulf Island Member at Large, Convener of Canines and Corvids, assisted the Unauthorized Women’s Institute with the formal introductions to the Gabriola Island Women’s Institute. A tour of their hall, which has recently been donated to the Gabriola Island Arts Council, was provided. Plans to review their minutes at the local museum were made. Periodic updates can be expected as this research project develops. It was noted that the Gabriola Women’s Institute were responsible for the lines painted on the main road and that they continue to make quilts for the local women’s shelter. Souvenir pens from the visit were then distributed to members.

The Convener of Hair and Fiber opened the floor to a general inquiry into parallel realities, remembering and forgetting and the experience of restoration processes and the fear of opening a “Pandora’s Box.” The discussion shifted to Senator Lynn Beyak’s recent public comments about the “good deeds” of Indian Residential Schools and why “we just can’t forget about Canada’s Residential School History and move on.” The membership then listened to Murray Sinclair’s response to Beyak’s comments.

 

 

Sinclair’s reframing and distillation of this troubling perspective into, “it’s not why just we don’t forget, but it’s why we can’t remember,” is a critical question for all settlers/ Canadians. Beyak’s comments are a collective reminder regarding how easy it is for settlers to remain in colonial attitudes and behaviours; and despite the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, many settlers/ Canadians will continue to fall into the pattern of replicating colonial attitudes, behaviours and responses by our collective forgetting. Ultimately, staying with our own discomfort – remembering all the troubling details is the pathway to changing our beliefs, attitudes and actions. Staying with the trouble and building awareness, responses and connections is the way forward.

Guest speaker, Goo Rue, described her intense experience at the recent Pole Raising at University of British Columbia on Musqueam Territory as an act of remembering. Guest Speaker and Member at Large, BAM, Convener of Secrets and Clean Drinking Water for all Canadians (CoSCDWfaC) stated that reconciliation is always possible. When asked about the colonial structure and the problematic origins and the paradoxical positioning of the Unauthorized Women’s Institute, BAM stated that settler theory allows you to work from the framework that settlers can never escape colonization, but we can “unsettle ourselves by seeing how settler history, myth and identity have shaped and continue to shape our attitudes in problematic ways.”

Guest Speaker, Artist in Residence at Branscombe House and Member at Large, Convener of Secrets and Clean Drinking Water for all Canadians (CoSCDWfaC) presented her Petite Point Personalities project – the reconstitution of Ukrainian Peasant Petite points. Salvaged from a Thrift Store and reconfigured through data analysis of colour, pattern and graph represented through needlework, into new representations. She then ended with a demonstration of stretches for Golfer’s Elbow – an injury incurred through Petite Point Embroidery. The question as to how our Guest Speaker incurred Golfer’s Elbow through embroidery has been tabled. Further, since the needle is historically older that the golf club, why is this soft tissue inflammation is called Golfer’s Elbows instead of Embroiderer’s Elbow needs to be unearthed. She ended her presentation by recommending Linda Duvall’s work to the membership.

Shoplifting exploits were then shared and it was unanimously agreed that any items stolen from the Hudson’s Bay should not have any guilt associated with them. Keesic Douglas work Trade Me, was sited as a meaningful example of interaction with the Hudson’s Bay Company.

 

 

The links between racism and education were discussed and the Convener of Medicine Bags and Body Language raised privileged positions. A personal childhood experience was shared regarding her father’s biased beliefs about hippies and how they become interjected into her identity – especially her length of hair and what drove her to get a pixie cut. Convener of Medicine Bags and Body Language shared her exploits during a celebration of Klondike days and how she tried to subvert the celebration through her costume by dressing as half man half woman. She was particularly proud of her outfit despite the mishap with contact cement when applying the moustache. The unsightly scab that formed over her left lip after the mustache was removed lasted for several days.

Guest Speaker, Goo Rue, discussed magical thinking and how thoughts exert a force on the physical world. Drawing heavily from her experience as Night Shift nurse in a bone marrow transplant ward as well as her guidance from Skidigate Elders, she ended her compelling presentation by speaking to our immunity systems, stating that after a hard long winter and the election of a narcissist for president in our neighboring country – we all needed at least 20 minutes a day outside – even in the rain to activate and positively care for our immune systems. She then shared she hoped to return after death as a French stork. A Therapeutic Touch party trick was demonstrated. She then played Hungarian love songs composed by her grandfather to successfully woo her grandmother to the alter in the historic Garlic Flats area of Regina on her ukulele. After her performance she was immediately sworn in as Convener of Ukuleles Magic and Love (CoUML).

Garlic Flats

Convener of Ukuleles, Magic and Love welcomed into the Unuathorized Women’s Institute

The Convener of Technology and Fancy Underthings raised the issue of parallel realties; magical thinking and discussed experiences with loved ones after death. She then shared the 4,7,8 Ayurvedic breathing technique for falling asleep. The Convener of Pedagogy and Paranormal then demonstrated how to make a pom pom on a fork. Several pom poms were made by members.

Following pom pom making, the Convener of Minutes and Musings presented a historic overview of the Fool. Emphasis was made on the need for foolery and that there were multiple cross-cultural applications for foolery function. It was moved and accepted that a presentation of Foolery be made annually on April’s Fools Day to the membership. Tricksters, jokers and clowns will be covered at future meetings. It was unanimous that the spirit of misrule be involved in all future meetings and that foolery play role in how we construct and manage meaning. Although the emphasis on her research was on Greco-Roman roots of foolery with goddess and gods such as Hilaria and Saturnalia, the Western European medieval and renaissance form of foolery as embodied in the Jester occupied a lion’s share of her discourse. The Fool as clever commoner who uses their wit to outwit and speak truth to power was of particular interest. Mary Walsh’s characters Marg Delahuanty, Claire Bloom and Dakey Dunn were offered as fine examples of contemporary foolery.

A discussion of the institute’s logo took place. Members agreed that within our colonial context the beaver was overused and tired. One member felt that the raccoon would be more apt descriptor for the unauthorized institute’s work. The Convener of Technology and Fancy Underthings agreed to work with member’s input and develop something for members to review at an upcoming meeting. A brief discussion of potential UWI’s organizational swag occurred. Pocketknives, flashlights and embroidered hankies were suggested as potential items for institute branding.

Ann Patchett’s Bel Canto, Sandra Birdsel’s The Russlander and Paulette Regan’s Unsettling the Settler Within Indian Residential Schools, Truth Telling and Reconciliation in Canada were recommended readings. A motion was made and accepted that our next meeting include photos. Members are encouraged to bring one or two photos – any choice or theme – to the next meeting. Moustaches, antlers and ukuleles encouraged, but remain optional.

The next meeting will be in November at Salon De Zed. Glory bowls, salad and lime pie were served during recess.

Convener of Minutes and Musings

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Shenanigans Promised

Feb 23, 2017

 

Unauthorized Women’s Institute – Radical Chapter

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The regular meeting of the Unauthorized Women’s Institute – Radical Chapter was held at Salon de Zed. The minutes from the previous meeting were read and accepted. The Convenor of Medicine Bags and Body Language presented her regular report Shamanic Healing Practices: Perspectives From a Front Line Homeopath. Topics covered included direct accounts of current dementia care practices, vaccinations and the current backlash of the Anti Vaccination Movement. A demonstration on the essential Homeopathic First Aid Kit for the home was then provided. Aconite and Arnica were distributed to all members. During the discussion period, member’s asked questions about influenza, measles, shingles and the origin of mumps. A motion to accept a larger inquiry into the origin of the word “mumps” was unanimously supported. A second motion to have an in-depth demonstration of a trituration was made and tabled.

The Convenor of Books and Blogs provided a vivid description of late night spot check surveillance practices for worms during childhood. Flashlights and night terrors were highlighted. The Death Café movement and sacred dreams and hallucinations were discussed. An overview of our fight, flight or freeze response was then provided.

The Convenor of Animals and Travel and the Convenor of Books and Blogs introduced the evening’s guest speaker. Guest speaker Gweenie Hounds of Love, formerly know as Havana, eloquently took the floor and provided an overview of her life as a racing hound. While graciously snacking on chicken tenders, she summarized her racing life by sharing one thing every woman should know about life – be prepared to work like a dog. The membership was so impressed with her message she was instantaneously gifted the Convenorship of Couch Potatoes (CoCP). Gweenie has committed to providing regular updates to the membership on life after racing.

The Convenor of Hair and Fiber modeled a hand knit sweater and it was approved for overseas mailing. Members then discussed fathers and stories of scoundrels who ruled the roost were rigorously exchanged. Compelling stories of mothers were exchanged. A motion to form a Daughters of Depressed Mother’s (DoDM) sub group was made and accepted.

A commitment to the new membership drive was renewed. The next meeting will include a guest speaker who can play music with her teeth. The Convenor of Pedagogy and Paranormal promised a pompom making demonstration and the Convenor of Minutes and Musings committed to a report on the role of Fool in contemporary culture. Shenanigans have been promised.

Soul of an Octopus was recommended reading and the Convenor of Charm, Poise, Handicraft and Occasional Badness shared her latest musical adventure.

 

 

The next meeting will be April 1st at 7:00 PM in Mallardville. Pizza, car tossed salad and cake was served during recess.

 

Convener of Minutes and Musings

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Fondue Pot Under Fire

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January 28, 2017

Unauthorized Women’s Institute – Radical Chapter

 The Unauthorized Women’s Institute – Radical Chapter held its Annual Festival of Cheese at Miss Charmian’s House of Accordions. Before the minutes from the previous meeting could be read, a fondue pot malfunction, resulting in a small table fire, brought the meeting to an abrupt end. A full inquiry into fondue pot safety has been called for and a moratorium on fondue use has resulted. Endorsement of fondue pots at future meetings awaits the results of the investigation.

The next meeting will be at Salon de Zed.

Convener of Minutes and Musings

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In Camera Nomadic Meeting

 

November 26 and 27, 2016

Unauthorized Women’s Institute – Radical Chapter

The regular meeting of the Unauthorized Women’s Institute – Radical Chapter was held at Nootka Holler. The minutes from the previous meeting were read and accepted. The Nomadic themed meeting was held in camera throughout the evening in a bedouin like environment. In accordance with oral traditions, minutes were not taken.

The following day, Guest Speaker Jeffrey Hatcher, sang the complete high lonesome life of Pretty Boy Floyd. After this outstanding performance, the membership unanimously agreed to make him an honorary member of the Unauthorized Women’s Institute. Brother Frodo, we absolutely adore you and The Big Beat!

 

The next meeting will be the Annual General Festival of Cheese and will be held at Miss. Charmian’s House of Accordions. Lentils and rice were served during recess.

Convener of Minutes and Musings

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Beachside Meeting Held

 

October 23, 2016

 

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The regular meeting of the Unauthorized Women’s Institute – Radical Chapter was held on a late fall day beachside. The minutes from the previous meeting were read and accepted. The Convener of Medicine Bags and Body Language presented an overview of her work with Dying With Dignity. All members were recruited for future work in this area. Collective Evolution, Elon Musk and our local Housing Network were then discussed.

The next meeting will be at Nootka Holler. A motion to accept the theme of Nomads to be explored at the next meeting was accepted. Moustaches will be optional.

Perogies were served during recess.

 

Convener of Minutes and Musings

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Cards Against Humanity Played

 

April 2, 2016

Unauthorized Women’s Institute – Radical Chapter

 

The regular meeting of the Unauthorized Women’s Institute – Radical Chapter was held at Salon de Zed. The minutes from the previous meeting were read and accepted. Convener of Medicine Bags and Body Language provided an overview of the sciatic nerve and particular issues that emerge with it through aging. Proper stretching of the sciatic nerve was emphasized and a short demonstration of the Brill Chicken was provided. The Convenor of Books and Blogs recommended reading the following: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind and Beyond Civilization.

The Convenor of Animals and Travel presented the documentary Pets, Vets and Debits. Surgery for Hedgehogs was of particular interest to members. Camels and bunnycamels were discussed. The Convenor of Hair and Fibre noted that sheep only have teeth on the bottom jaw.

An overview on best before dates on food products was provided by the Convenor of Technology and Fancy Underthings. One member shared that her grandmother had a salad dressing that was over 20 years old. Another member shared finding cans of tomatoes the size of footballs in her mother’s pantry. Cancer as metaphor and materialism and perfectionism were then discussed.

Epic journeys were highlighted. The Convenor of Animals and Travel motioned that the Trans Canada Trail be brought forward as a potential summer ramble. The Convenor of Charm, Poise and Handicraft and Occasional Badness presented her latest fling with Django Reinhardt’s Minor Swing.

 

All institute members enjoyed a rousing game of Cards Against Humanity. Spanakopita was served during recess. The next meeting will be held at Salon de Zed.

 

Convener of Minutes and Musings

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Behemoth Dosa Served

 

 

 January 30, 2016

Unauthorized Women’s Institute – Radical Chapter

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The regular meeting of the Unauthorized Women’s Institute – Radical Chapter was held at House of Dosa. The minutes from the previous meeting were read and accepted. A motion to move meetings to the last Saturday of every month was made and accepted. Recommendations for summer ramble trips included a boating trip up the inlet. The Convener of Maps will report back on boating rentals and tides at the next meeting.

The Convener of Maps also produced for Show and Tell a small hand knitted mouse complete with a frock, fancy undergarments and red shoes. She also shared a picture of her grandmother and her aunt who taught her dance the Twist. Convenor of Minutes and Musings shared that her parents went on their first date to the Cubby Checker concert at Maple Leaf Gardens.

The Convener of Technology and Fancy Underthings reported on new technology for heart surgery. The virtues of ice skating, hula hoop, biryani paste and Persian plum were extolled. A reminder of the letter writing campaign to support our member currently serving in Mexico; reports from Mexico included updates on pedicure industry and the size of avocados. Recommended reading included: The Wind in the Willows, The Orenda, Tale for a Time Being, My Year of Meats and The Owl and the Pussy Cat. Recommended viewing included Heart of a Dog.

The Convener of Charm, Poise, Handicraft and Occasional Badness shared the latest Nohearums video!

 

The world’s largest Dosa was served during recess. The next meeting will be held at Salon De Zed.

 

Convener of Minutes and Musings

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Fondue Pot Opens Portal to Aphrodite’s Lair & Virgin Mary Gives Birth to Baby Cheesus

December 12, 2015

Unauthorized Women’s Institute – Radical Chapter

The Unauthorized Women’s Institute – Radical Chapter held its Annual Festival of Cheese at Miss Charmian’s House of Accordions. The minutes from the previous meeting were read and accepted.

All recovered Sapphic poetry fragments were read aloud and it was unanimously agreed that fragment 44, “wealth unchapporoned doesn’t make a good neighbor,” will be spray painted on the bathroom wall at Nordstrom’s. A subcommittee was created to organize this action.

Last year’s Solstice Bell Performance was discussed by members. It was agreed that the Solstice Bell rehearsals were so transcendental that the actual performance was not required. All agreed there was no future in the past. The Convener of Pedagogy and Paranormal discussed her past life in the Mew Squeak Bell Choir and the Convener of Maps shared her experience of participating in a Bell Performance in a church overlooking the North Sea. Unusual experiences with the local Nurse’s Hot line were shared.

Housing, Alzheimer’s care and the wages of paramedics were debated. A report on the recovery of Convener of Books and Blog’s slow recovery from a concussion was outlined. Forgetting a cup of coffee in the microwave was provided as evidence that she had not yet fully recovered from her concussion. Local air quality, Branston Pickles and animals escaping the slaughter house were then discussed. It was unanimously agreed that chia is best characterized as an intestinal broom.

Members unanimously agreed to commit to organizing guest speakers over the next year and a motion was passed to undertake a letter writing campaign to support the moral of a member currently working in Mexico. Cheese was served throughout the meeting. It should be noted that several member’s reported experiencing hallucinations due to the inhalation of vapors from the fondue pot. Hallucinations reported included glimpsing the Hunchback of Notre Dame and a member’s lover shape shifting into the room as a cat and gently rubbing against her. Another member saw the Virgin Mary giving birth to Baby Cheesus while another claimed achieving a deep trance state by repeating “how are you fonduing?” Other members claimed they saw a portal to Aphrodite’s lair opening, while another dreamed of Swan Lake as Cheese Lake and the Nutcracker as the Cheese and Cracker. Another member envisioned long knitted strands of wool transforming into the Milky Whey and stated that cheese was mother’s milk approaching immortality. Festival of Cheese T-Shirts were made in honour of this night. To order contact http://www.chrisblades.com. The next meeting will be held at the House of Dosa.

 

Convenor of Minutes and Musings

 

Addendum: while under the influence of the fondue pot all members selected a cheese pseudonym in a humble attempt to embody their own immortality.

 

I’m still feeling cheesy weeps.  What a great night of friends, food and fun.  You all make my face hurt.  What a group of cheese balls! Charm, you worked your hostess magic and blessed us all with that fab fondouche.  I love yor beautiful home full of art, music and feline felicity.  Thank you.

 If anyone has any suggestions for books to read in Mexico please let me know! Blessings of the season to you all.  Happy Solstice.  Merry Christmas and a Radical New Year!

 Love,

Cambazola

 

Me too!  Thank you Charm for your amazing hosting and please hug Chris for us for the fabulous T-shirt suggestion.  More WI treasures!  And thanks for the replacement soap dish.

Cheese Fest rules.  Thanks everyone for being who you are.
Love to all and Happy Holidays.  Until House of Dosa…

Havarti

 

Thank you all for coming; it was so much fun…and a great excuse to make a start at least on cleaning my house. So many great laughs, sooooo much good food and lovely gifts. You are all amazing! Unfortunately today, Mr. I’msoadorablepleaseworshipme (aka Raff), having been in a fight yesterday, has developed an abscess today and is not feeling very well at all. I’ll have him to the vet first thing in the morning, poor expensive baby! Puts a bit of a damper on the afterglow, but am still feeling the wonderful vibe. Have a great time in Mexico Ellen and we must keep in touch to know how it’s going.

Mary Lou and Lisa, I ended up with your cake knife and server and one non-alcoholic beer. Chris and I will probably be going for a walk in the next few days and can drop them off to you or leave them on your back porch.

Thanks again to all for the wonderful night, and happy day after your birthday Zed!

Happiest of holidays!

Love you all,

Blue

 

Glorious Ladies Of The W.I. (Radical Chapter),

Thank you all for your birthday feting yesterday! I felt loved and full of cheese, and who could ask for more on one’s birthday? But wait! There was more as I unpacked my beautiful, thoughtful gifts from all of you and then ate cheesecake for breakfast. Then I watched the video of the presentation of the previously mentioned cheesecake! I mean, come on! Charm’s skills and the singing?! Amazeballs!

And cheese fest was the best yet! 

Fondouche! Gah!

Thank you all so much for being so great.

Ox

Feta

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Perogies Cause to Assemble

November 7, 2015

Unauthorized Women’s Institute – Radical Chapter

 The meeting of the Unauthorized Women’s Institute – Radical Chapter was held at Salon De Zed. The minutes from the previous meeting were read and accepted. Guest speaker, Kate, from Wigan, where nobody wants to be from but everyone wants to go, reported on her recent travels and research on Back Strap weaving. She also outlined the deep textile history of Lancashire. A brief mistaken discussion of swords was quickly downgraded to table knives after a member confused knife production in Sheffield with the textile productions in Lancashire. Guest speaker, Kate, also highlighted her community engagement plans with Cedar Farm and generously invited UWI members for a tour. A field trip to Cedar Farms http://www.cedarfarm.net/ was entertained and it was recommended that if undertaken a stop over in Manchester to tour the Pankhurst Centre Museum http://www.thepankhurstcentre.org.uk/museum-2 occur. It was ambitiously agreed that if this field trip were organized, lunch at Spudsulike http://www.spudulike.com/ would be arranged ahead of time. Potential toppings for bake potatoes were then discussed and the virtues of the baked potatoe were extoled.

The Convenor of Minutes and Musings and Pedagogy and Paranormal reported on their recent trip to Nordstrom’s. The wool stockings from a historic textile mill in Lancashire were the highlight. Plans to have the next meeting in the bathroom at Nordstrom’s were briefly discussed. It was agreed that members should bring their wet and dirty dogs and try on all the gowns in an act of sabotage toward the wild capitalism this new landmark represents in our community. Stories of dog’s vomiting in public spaces were also exchanged.

The Convenor of Animals and Travel described her new Female Aviator Card Series. Arrangements were made to present these cards for a preview to members after printing. The antics of Amelia Earhart were discussed and directions to a Chilean Bakery were shared. Engagement with community and neighbours was discussed. UWI members attempted to describe the television series the Beverly Hillbillies to the guest speaker from the United Kingdom. This explanation made member’s heads hurt. The Convenor of Books and Blogs reported on her recovery from a concussion.

The next meeting will be the Festival of Cheese at Miss. Charmian’s Room and Boarding House. Perogies were served during recess.

Convener of Minutes and Musings

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