I’ve been listening to the new season of Headlong (@headlongpodcast ) about Y2K, and then I found this photo while looking through old papers. It was taken on December 31, 1999 by Summer’s (inappropriately?) much older boyfriend. I was a junior in high school (16). These were some of my badass lady friends, several of whom I still see pretty regularly. Philomath was/is a weird place in that’s it’s a tiny, conservative, rural town with its origins firmly planted in the logging industry, but to some extent, there has always been room for strong women claiming their space. I’ve learned a lot since then—we could have been a lot more intersectional—but remembering my optimism and idealism of the time is pretty motivating to me now at 35. (L to R: me, Jenn, Jenny, Rachael, Jesslyn, Griffon, Summer, Alicia) #tbt #podcastrecs PS I’m not actually into anarchy.