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Introducing the Writerleidoscope of Gardell Neal Jr.

Introducing the Writerleidoscope of Gardell Neal Jr.

      As the new Editor-in-Chief of Metrosphere I now have the honor of discovering and sharing new talent and voices in our community. For this week’s Lady Lumps column I am delighted to pass the baton to Metrosphere’s new blogger Gardell Neal, Jr. He has a distinct style and perspective that you will […]

Lila Singh: Yoga for Youth and Community Building

Lila Singh: Yoga for Youth and Community Building

SAN FRANCISCO – Hands together at heart center. Inhale raise your arms to the sky, exhale, bend forward and touch your toes. Inhale, half lift. Exhale fold. Plant your hands, step back, downward facing dog. Teachers around the world have been giving those instructions for years, when leading students through Sun Salutations, a set series […]

San Francisco’s female fire chief, Joanne M. Hayes-White

San Francisco’s female fire chief, Joanne M. Hayes-White

  SAN FRANCISCO – They say you can’t be it if you can’t see it, but Joanne Hayes-White never got that memo. Hired in 1990, as one of San Francisco’s first female firefighters, with only a handful of other women by her side, Hayes-White had to become her own hero. Twenty-six years and several promotions […]

Sky’s the limit for Denver’s female chefs

Sky’s the limit for Denver’s female chefs

When Time magazine came out with, “The Gods of Food,” a list of whom they considered the 13 most influential chefs in the culinary world back in 2013, it made waves for its stark absence of any goddesses. Time’s then editor, Howard Chua-Eoan, made matters worse, dismissing the lack of women by saying, “We did […]

Clowns v. Supremes: How the women of SCOTUS renewed my faith in humanity

Clowns v. Supremes: How the women of SCOTUS renewed my faith in humanity

As a parent, I anticipated having to put parameters on my child’s television time, I just never expected that would include election coverage and presidential debates. When Donald Trump almost swept super Tuesday, my daughter demanded we move to Canada should he make it all the way to the White House. When he assured the […]

Oscar’s shift: From sentimental awards show to social activism

Oscar’s shift: From sentimental awards show to social activism

I’ve been mesmerized by the Oscars since before Mattel made Barbie in other colors, shapes and sizes. When I was a girl and fledgling fashion designer, the Academy Awards were just one long red carpet to inspire my imagination. The bigger picture of what the Oscars were really about, moviemaking, artistry and achievement, were lost […]

Mosquitoes move the ball forward on birth control

Mosquitoes move the ball forward on birth control

Congratulations Catholic ladies, Pope Francis says contraception is cool now that God gave us Zika. Recently on a flight from Mexico to Rome, the Associated Press reported that per the Pope, artificial contraception may be acceptable in fighting Zika, the virus that leads to babies being born with Microcephaly, a condition causing abnormally small heads. […]

The risky business of victim blaming

The risky business of victim blaming

Boys, if you hang out, alone, with more than two girls you’re putting yourself in danger. Boys, when you wear shorts above the knee or tank tops to school you’re distracting the girls from learning. Men, if you drink too much you’re risking injury, heart disease and sexually transmitted diseases. Bottom line boys and men […]