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Travel doesn’t become adventure until you leave yourself behind. – M. R.

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At home with friends in NYC

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Working with Huru International in Nairobi, Kenya

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Le quotidien: Le 4ème Sommet Panafricain des jeunes leaders, à Dakar au Senegal

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With my host family at the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference in McCall, Idaho

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On stage with The CONDOMIZE! Campaign in Mzuzu, Malawi

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Working with Zip Zap Circus in South Africa, via Washington DC

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An afternoon with cheetahs in Victoria Falls, Zambia

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Honoring the life and work of Nelson Mandela in Cape Town, South Africa

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At Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts

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On the Champs-Élysées in Paris, France

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My 3-legged cat, helping me pack

 

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The Village Voice, September 2001

The Village Voice, September 2001

On love, on grief, on every human thing,
Time sprinkles Lethe’s water with his wing.
— Walter Savage Landor


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Until the 1920s, most condoms were manufactured by hand-dipping from rubber cement.  Then Durex came along in 1929 and forged the way to the development of the very first lubricated latex condom, made available in in the United Kingdom in 1957… And they haven’t stopped innovating since.

That was then...

That was then...

This is now.

This is now.

Nowadays, Durex and Playboy Bunny Bridget Marquardt are encouraging couples of say goodbye to boring sex and hello to…

Well, to find out you’d better grab some Durex products and Get A Room 😉

Better sex together is the Durex mantra.  To help create better sex for you and your partner, Durex makes a jaw-dropping array of condoms, lubricants, personal massagers and more.  This summer, Durex launched a celebration of their Get A Room campaign in the Penthouse at the Gansevoort Park Avenue here in NYC:

Nice & Frisky - Get A Room keys

Nice & Frisky - Get A Room keys

Playboy Bunny Bridget, spokeswoman for Durex Get A Room

Playboy Bunny Bridget, hot monogamist & spokeswoman for Durex Get A Room

Latex jewelry...

Latex jewelry...

Sexy art, circa Gansevoort Park

Sexy art, circa Gansevoort Park

On this World Sexual Health Day, I am thrilled to celebrate the paths that we take to discover the choices that are right for each of us.  As a lifelong advocate of Hot Monogamy, I love that Durex is constantly evolving and enhancing their products to support a safe, happy, fulfilling and sexually healthy lifestyle 😉


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In Swahili, the word huru means freedom.
It signifies independence and personal growth,
the concepts on which Huru International was built.

Empowering Girls. Period.

Empowering Girls. Period.

According to UNICEF, one in ten African girls either skip school during their periods, or drop out entirely.  As a result, they miss important school lessons and risk compromising their futures.  An incomplete education almost inevitably leads to a lifetime of social and economic vulnerability.

Huru International believes that all girls should have access to a proper education and be free to lead healthy, happy lives.  They provide free Huru Kits to young women in Kenya who are living in poverty and need these kits in order to stay in school.  Each Kit comes packaged in a drawstring bag that doubles as a backpack and includes:

  • Eight reusable sanitary napkins
  • Three pairs of underwear
  • Soap to wash the sanitary napkins
  • Waterproof bag to safely store used sanitary napkins
  • Educational insert featuring information on proper sanitary napkin usage & HIV/AIDS prevention
  • Various other items [as suitable]
A Huru Kit

A Huru Kit

Huru International also offers employment opportunities to local women, ensuring that their model will be sustainable and continue to benefit entire communities. These simple measures are already helping to keep girls in school and educate them on HIV/AIDS prevention, as well as encourage local, sustainable job development.

Each Huru Kit provides resources designed to inspire young women with dreams of greater possibilities… which is exactly what The TORCH Program provides for underserved youth in New York City.  I have had the privilege of working with TORCH since 2002, and the combined privilege of helping to facilitate a project about Huru for the TORCH students this past spring with dedicated mentors at the incomparable advertising agency JWT.

A few of the 1st year students at TORCH, 2010-11

A few of the 1st year students at TORCH, 2010-11

TORCH is dedicated to transforming the lives of underserved New York City public high school students by providing intensive exposure to career training and opportunities in communications and the arts, all while facilitating a meaningful way of increasing the diversity of the workforce in those industries.  We ask our students to examine advertising and communication in the world around them, encouraging them to be more than just passive consumers in our culture.

Take a look at the two videos created by first-year TORCH students to raise awareness about Huru:

To donate $25 and provide a Huru Kit directly to a girl in Kenya, visit http://www.huruinternational.org/how-to-help

To learn more about The TORCH Program, mentor a student, make a donation and get involved, visit http://www.thetorchprogram.org

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A few photos from the filming of my work on condoms and lubricants last December, in American Sign Language:

My official Twitpic from our day of shooting, from the hair & make up chair that morning

My official Twitpic from our day of shooting, sitting in the hair & make up chair that morning

Re-interpreting & re-shooting, for 3 solid takes

Re-interpreting & re-shooting, for 3 solid takes

ASL Interpreter Michael & Me

Michael, our ASL monitor & interpreter, and me

Joshua, keeping a watchful eye on my hair & make up

Joshua, keeping a watchful eye on my hair & make up

Michael working with David, our ASL actor & an incredible storyteller

Michael working with David, our ASL actor & an incredible storyteller

Preparing for the next shot: the benefits of condoms beyond prevention

Preparing for the next shot on the benefits of condoms beyond prevention

Adrian on set, our Director of Visual Arts

Adrian, our Director of Visual Arts

From my point of view

From my point of view

Stay tuned for more Circa BackBlogging!  See you here again soon… xojl

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In the spirit of partnership, support and solidarity, I find myself on a hectic stay-cation in NYC due to a last-minute change of plans.  During the last 48 hours and without my usual schedule to contend with, I have decided to address my absence here on the blog… So what, you may ask, creates a Circa Joy Lynn BackBlog?

1.  CONDOMIZE-ing Online

In November of last year, I began to grow the online social community for The CONDOMIZE Campaign.  I have been generating content for the CONDOMIZE Twitter (follow us here), the CONDOMIZE Facebook (Like us here) as well as posting three times a week to the CONDOMIZE blog (go to http://www.thecondomizecampaign.org, then click “blog”).  While I have managed to keep up with the Circa Joy Lynn community on Twitter (follow me here!) and on my Facebook page (Like me here!), I know that I have fallen behind here on WordPress.  Today’s post is an attempt to create new habits and get back on the blogging horse, if you will.

2.  Animation & Video Post Production

Filming & editing my workshop on condoms & lubricants in ASL

Filming & editing my workshop on condoms & lubricants in American Sign Language

Since last fall, my team and I have been working diligently on our educational videos and 3D animations about male condoms, female condoms and lubricants in seven languages.  While I have adored this process, the post production has been… extensive, to say the least.  And until these videos and animations launch on UNFPA’s All About Condoms Website, I would rather not share them here 😉  You have already seen pictures from our animation voiceover recordings posted here, so stay tuned in the coming days for behind-the-scenes photos of our American Sign Language shoots last December.  I am so very proud to be able to offer this education to the deaf community, and I hope you enjoy the pics!

3.  Personal Stuff

Dad taking a photo of Mom during the Easter Parade

Dad taking a photo of Mom during the Easter Parade

A blind foster cat and multiple foster rabbits, visiting family, the abandonment of bad habits, the forging of new relationships and the solidifying of lasting friendships, a new office space, a little less pole and a lot more Bikram, thorough emotional processing, regular housekeeping… and we’re only 1/2 way through 2011.

Me in SoHo Snowmageddon, circa 2010

Me in SoHo Snowmageddon, circa 2010

So stay tuned for some serious Circa Joy Lynn BackBlogging this week!  Thank you, as always, for reading…

With love & gratitude,
Joy Lynn

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... and I (heart) NY

... and I (heart) NY

Wishing you a love that grows day after day & year after year… CONGRATULATIONS, EMPIRE STATE!!!
I am more proud than ever to be a New Yorker 🙂

“Don’t you write it down, remember this in your head.
 Don’t take a picture, remember this in your heart…”

A Good Sign.

A Good Sign.

Sometimes, living life keeps me from blogging about it.  With a heartfelt promise to soon take a break from being in the moment in order to reflect on it here… xojl

Prelude: Read On Heartbreak circa October 2010.
And four months later:

Love can be curious...

Love can be curious...

silly...

silly...

naughty...

naughty...

adventurous...

adventurous...

and within reach.

and within reach.

With love and many thanks to Mabel from Lulu, Easel and me

Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day

To be whole, let yourself break.
To be straight, let yourself bend.
To be full, let yourself be empty.
To be new, let yourself wear out.
To have everything, give everything up.

– Tao Teh Ching via Meg Louise, teacher at S Factor

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