A collage of all the impressive young female activists featured within the article.

Next Gen Young Women Standing Tall

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“Never insult Albus Dumbledore in front of me.” ~ Hagrid in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

“Never insult the younger generations in front of me.” ~ Georgia Sanders, Culture Honey Magazine

The idea to honor these Next Gen young women culminated for me while watching 26 year old Cassidy Hutchinson give her ground-shifting testimony …

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Iona, Scotland: Enchanting Isle of Spirit and Mystery

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The mysterious island if Iona is calling, who will sojourn with us for a time?  The natural and spiritual appeal of this tiny island in the Inner Hebrides off the coast of Scotland has been drawing travelers to it’s shores at least since the 500’s when St. Columba and his companions arrived from Ireland and set up a monastic community there.

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People assemble along the side of the road which is covered in candles. An orange table on the sidewalk provides a congregating point for participants.

A Memorial for Pasadena’s Reginald (JR) Thomas

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There have been two street-side memorials in Pasadena recently held for young Black fathers killed by the Pasadena Police. One was on August 15th and the other was on September 30th. The first was held in Northwest Pasadena across from La Pintoresca Park just up from Washington Blvd. and the second was held on East Orange Grove Blvd. in-between the intersections of North Marengo Ave. and Garfield Ave.

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Pasadena's city hall lit up as sunset begins

Pasadena, CA | A Tale of Two Cities, 2020

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Many people today are dissin’ 2020 like a bad penny; memes, tee shirts, and coffee mugs can all be found that denigrate the year.  And it’s no wonder: in California alone we’ve experienced unprecedented fires throughout the state, the coronavirus pandemic to deal with, nonstop political division (and at one point a 4.5 magnitude earthquake) and perhaps most importantly, like the rest of the country, we are experiencing a civil rights reckoning focused on the effects of systemic racism, white supremacy, and police brutality. As in many cities across America and beyond, residents and families in Pasadena felt compelled to protest and stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter this past summer after the horrendous death of George Floyd at the hands of police.

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