When I was in Spain I got to know a number of Gitanos (Gypsy’s) who were an energetic people, full of life and culture. Despite this, the Spaniards often called the Gitanos “Mestizo”, meaning that they were a mix of cultures and nationalities rather than “true” Spaniards. For the most part it didn’t ruin their spirits.
In this same open attitude and one of acceptance, Utah artist Ruby Chacon along with her husband, Terry Hurst have opened Mestizo Coffee House, embracing the diversity and yes, the mixing of cultures that exists in the Salt Lake Valley and in particular, the West side.
Not only is it a hub of activism; it's also a community space - one that oozes diversity and acceptance. The last time I went to an event at Mestizo was when Athens Boys Choir came to town.
Prior to going, I had never heard of Sister Spit. All I knew involved these three words: 'queer', 'mestizo', 'trans'. And thus, I was sold. With the above three ingredients? Can't go wrong!
Essentially the group consisted of a handful of individuals all sharing stories through different mediums. Poetry, illustration, comics, zines, story-telling.
Admittedly, I'm not a fan of poetry. I don't hate it. I just don't prefer it. Especially when it comes to a venue where someone reads their poem as the audience umphs and finger snap. The finger snapping gets to me. But last night an exception came sprouting up through the poetry indifferent cracks - Lenelle Moise, a Haitian-American slam poet.
All of her poems permeated the room with substance, emotion, and thought-provoking issues. So good. Read her plethora of amazingness here.
Hormone-Raging Acne News
I've developed a fear of benzoyl peroxide after reading this article appropriately titled Do Not Use Benzoyl Peroxide To Treat Your Acne.
Just last March I began an acne regimen that's been pretty effective, minus the time I went to San Diego and my face burned and blew away in flakes. Oh, and minus the occasional redness, sun-sensitivity and frequent skin tightness. In this article, the author writes,
I wasn’t particularly comfortable about putting such a strong chemical on my face but all of these resources promised that it would give me beautiful clear skin so I decided to go for it. I just ignored the fact that it kept bleaching my towels even after I’d washed and rinsed my hands.
A couple of weeks into using the BP, my skin started to get dry. And then it got dryer and dryer until I had to greatly reduce the amount I was using and paste as much moisturiser and oil as I could onto my face to get rid of the flakiness and tight skin. It was really horrible. My acne was improving but my skin started looking tired and old because it was so dry.
Me, too, again!
Since reading this, I've been gradually reducing the amount of benzoyl peroxide I apply. Instead of building up to the two full pumps recommended, I'm currently using a little less than one pump and going crazy with the moisturizer. As I've reduced it, my acne has been coming back a bit - but it's manageable. So far.
In time, I hope that I won't need the benzoyl peroxide but, as it is right now, my hormones are too much for diet and exercise to compete with.