Farmgirl Emoji

As the popularity of texting skyrockets, so does the population of emojis that inhabit the techno-sphere.

Not exactly sure what an emoji is?

Don’t worry—it’s a term used most liberally among the teen set. An emoji is, in its most basic form, a smiley face, like this:

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Of course, emojis run the gamut of expressions these days and even include limitless other varieties of people, places, and things.

For instance, “I’m in the mood for pizza,” could be summed up like so:

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With such a plethora of modern pictorial shorthand out there, it comes as a bit of a surprise that the emojis representing women and girls are, in a word, dated.

“When it comes to emojis, women can be brides or princesses, paint their fingernails, get a haircut, and go dancing in a red dress. If those sound like roles determined by the patriarchy, well, it’s not a new complaint,” writes Karen Workman of the New York Times. “But it may be changing. Google wants to add 13 emojis to represent women, and their male counterparts, in professional roles.”

A recent proposal from a team of Google employees was submitted to the Unicode Consortium, an organization responsible for the approval and subsequent web-wide unleashing of emojis.

According to Workman, “The proposed emojis include women in business and health care roles, at factories and on farms, among other things. Google wants the organization to approve them by year’s end, but the process of getting new emojis onto keyboards is a long one.”

(Who knew the world of silly smiley faces could be so convoluted?)

But, let’s back up a few paces … did you read what I read?

Yup—women on farms.

A farmgirl emoji!

Awww, just look at her:

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Rumor has it, she’ll have her own tractor emoji too, and we’ll be on the lookout for both later this year.

In the meantime, watch this video by the folks at Always to glean a dash of enlightenment about the potential power of the humble emoji …

Kulning with Heidi

Kulning (pronounced just as it looks) is a Swedish term that describes a unique form of singing used by Scandinavian herding girls who live in the high mountains with the dairy cattle during the spring and summer months. Think Heidi.

“The herding girls who drive the herds to the summer alpine pastures live in relative isolation and use kulning to communicate with each other and with their flocks over great distances,” explains musician and self-proclaimed history geek Sheila Louise Wright. “It is used to send the herds out in the morning, to call them back in in the evening, to entertain oneself while alone in the forests and meadows, as a means of scaring off predators, and as a means of communication with other herders.”

Families would traditionally have their own signature songs that were recognized by their herds. Wouldn’t it feel amazing to be in a beautiful setting with only your cows and belt out the sound of kulning? I’m game. How about you?

Here are a couple more kulning renditions:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RN1_-AB7LO4&index=5&list=RDjHWguX1oVNQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LxsvTfASP8

 

 

 

lessons from Audrey

Speaking of May flowers …

(really, who doesn’t have May flowers on her mind?)

Photo by Soorelis via Pixabay

… here’s a perennial blossom worth celebrating:

Photo by Hans Gerber via Wikimedia Commons

Yup, the lovely Audrey Hepburn was born on May 4, 1929 (in Belgium, by the way, for you trivia buffs).

We remember her as an icon of style and sophistication, a selfless humanitarian, and one of those enviable ladies who seem to maintain a heart full of youth throughout her life.

Photo from Roman Holiday movie via Wikimedia Commons

So, I thought you might find this little tidbit as inspiring as I did:

“Hepburn never skipped breakfast, usually choosing two eggs, whole-wheat toast, and coffee with milk. Once a month, she would have a ‘detox day’ during which she kept herself well hydrated and ate only fresh fruit, vegetables, and yogurt,” recounts blogger Jessica Reidy. “She preferred to eat organic, and the only exercise she liked was to take was walks in the fresh air. Hepburn believed that her care and attention to a healthy diet gave her the energy she needed for her demanding schedule as an actress, activist, and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.”

Just a little something to keep in mind as we move into the season of rejuvenation.

In the words of Audrey herself, “Nothing is impossible—the word itself says ‘I’m possible.’”

May flowers, here we come!