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It is safe to say that very few moments in life leave me standing, staring mouth agape. I have been fortunate enough to have a few such moments in the last weeks; where talented women have been the subject of my awe.
Let’s cut straight to it and talk about her.
The Formation World Tour was my first time as audience to Queen Bey and her cast of incredible women talent. It was my first time standing for hours, holding on to every single moment of vocal acrobatics, strategic wind, crystal-encrusted glam, and synchronized strutting, that only Beyonce can provide. As one of the adoring peasants in the crowd, I was mostly impressed by the details of the show itself, including, but by no means limited to, the magical cubic visual element that served as her only stage adornment, her inclusion of dancers of all shades, and the casual professionalism with which she interacted with the crowd. It was honestly just impressive. I left affirmed that she loves her craft and those who appreciate it. It was well worth the coins spent.
This theme of lemonade– taking something unpalatable and creating sweetness and relief– was appropriately invoked by Beyonce throughout the visual album as well as the show. I couldn’t help but examine how we use lemon to enhance the mundane, but also how lemons themselves often need sugar to be enjoyed. Lemon water is offered to spruce up the most pure beverage. After all, what’s life without the occasional puckering of experience? Lemon water becomes lemonade with the addition of everyone’s favorite drug, and suddenly it is summer and life is good.
Formation was full of the vengeful, red, independent-womanness we would expect from any good Beyonce montage. However, the water– that essential element without which lemonade does not materialize– was the real star. Water was the reminder of what connects us, what allows us to be alive and stripped, the surprise element that brought together the whole shebang.
The show was basically some kick-butt art, enjoyed with thousands of my closest Bey-friends. If you have the chance to experience leg two, reward yourself.
In the process of gathering things for my new home in the fall, I have been looking for my first real art pieces to display. The click-hole that is the Instagram suggested follow list has led me to some really great (and some really not-so-great) art. Thus far, I have landed on a few pieces that I look forward to hanging in a few weeks.
My affinity for representing the strength and connectedness of women has unintentionally seeped through to my art selection. In form, talent, and purpose, women are as varied as the world’s hues. However, we are still bonded in a sort of mystery and unpredictability.
Fragmented. Textured. Colorful. Bold.
Much like the Queen, I’ve been captured by the artists themselves. Their ability to tell histories and convey emotions in a single image. Like a perfectly baked treat: made for everyone and just for me at the same time.
The status of women is so important in our society, we have designated a medical speciality devoted to promoting and preserving the health of women, the babies they produce, and the families they support. More often than not, we fail our women (yes, even and perhaps especially, in medicine). We make their conditions acidic and cheap. However, we can not escape the essentiality of women’s success in the fabric of our lives. The ways in which women are able to take the pieces, tell stories, and create completeness; adding just enough sweetness to any situation as to not erase the sour that is the truth.
- 2 cups flour, sifted
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
- 4 large eggs, beaten
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1/3 cup lemon juice, fresh squeezed
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- For the crust, mix the flour, sugar, and butter with your hands until it clings together.
- Press into a 13×9 inch pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Set aside to cool.
- For the filling, beat together eggs, sugar, and lemon juice.
- In another bowl, sift together flour and baking powder.
- Stir into egg mixture.
- Pour over baked, cooled crust.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
- Cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
- Cut into bars, and enjoy!