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Today is Pi Day and Equal Pay Day! Let’s have pie and vote for those that support and work for equal pay for equal work.

Kintsugi 3/14/23

March 14 is National Pi Day. It falls on March 14th because 3, 1, and 4 are the first three digits in the irrational number π (pi). Pi, also known by the Greek letter “π,” is a constant value used in math that represents the ratio of a circumference of a circle to its diameter, which is just about 3.14….15…9265359… (and so on).  According to Reader’s Digest, “One of the most well-known (but still mind-blowing) facts about pi that it is an irrational number. It can’t be expressed as a fraction; it doesn’t end with a repeating pattern (like the decimal expression of 1/3, 0.33333…, in which the threes repeat forever), or terminate after a certain number of decimal places (like 3/4, or .75). It just keeps going, going and going. So far, pi has been calculated to 100 trillion digits, thanks to Google Cloud.”

Here are some of the deals available on National Pi Day.

  • Boston Market: Grab yourself a Pot Pie for $3.14 at Boston Market on National Pi Day.
  • Goldbelly: They are offering up to 30% off on some of their most popular pies.
  • Pilot Flying J travel centers: You can grab an extra-large, handmade whole pizza pie for $9.99. 
  • 7-Eleven stores are serving up large pizzas for the magical price of $3.14
  •  Cicis Pizza on Pi Day you can get $3.14 off Cicis’ adult buffet, plus a kids’ combo for $3.14.
  • Papa Johns is offering its customers a Pi Day BOGO. Customers can buy one large one-topping pizza at regular menu price and get a second large one-topping pizza for $3.14 when they use the code PIDAY.
  • Round Table Pizza members can visit Round Table Pizza on Pi Day and receive a personal cheese pizza for only $3.14. 
  • Domino’s mix and match deal, you can get two medium pizzas for $6.99 each. If you make a carryout order online, you can claim $3 off an online carryout order for the following week.

For more information, go here and here.

According to the National Committee on Pay Equity, “The next Equal Pay Day is Tuesday, March 14, 2023. This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. Large racial and gender wage gaps in the U.S. remain, even as they have narrowed in some cases over the years.

Why do women generally earn less than men? According to the Pew Research Center, there are three major contributors to the ongoing pay discrepancy: job type, discrimination and shouldering caregiving duties, Richard Fry, a senior researcher at the Pew Research Center said. For one, women are overrepresented in low-paying service jobs relative to men.

When asked about the factors that may play a role in the gender wage gap, half of U.S. adults point to women being treated differently by employers as a major reason, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in October 2022. Smaller shares point to women making different choices about how to balance work and family (42%) and working in jobs that pay less (34%).

2023 Equal Pay Days

  • Equal Pay Day—representing all women—is March 14. Women working full-time, year-round are paid 84 cents and all earners (including part-time and seasonal) are paid 77 cents for every dollar paid to men. 
  • Black Women’s Equal Pay Day is July 27. Black women working full-time, year-round are paid 67 cents and all earners (including part-time and seasonal) are paid 64 cents for every dollar paid to non-Hispanic white men. 
  • Moms’ Equal Pay Day is August 15. Moms working full-time, year-round are paid 74 cents and all earners (including part-time and seasonal) are paid 62 cents for every dollar paid to dads. 
  • Latina’s Equal Pay Day is October 5. Latinas women working full-time, year-round are paid 57 cents and all earners (including part-time and seasonal) are paid 54 cents for every dollar paid to non-Hispanic white men. 
  • Native Women’s Equal Pay Day is November 30. Native women working full-time, year-round are paid 57 cents and all earners (including part-time and seasonal) are paid 51 cents for every dollar paid to non-Hispanic white men. 
  • Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Women’s Equal Pay Day is TBD. Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander women working full-time, year-round are paid 92 cents and all earners (including part-time and seasonal) are paid 80 cents for every dollar paid to non-Hispanic white men. 

This is from the Association of American University Women.

The middle of the month already! Well, almost the middle. Where have the days gone? Made snickerdoodle cookies. First time making cookies in years. Looked very strange but tasted great.

Wild Cooking Woman 3/13/23

Chapter & Verse

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  • Defending champions South Carolina again grabbed the top overall seed, followed by Indiana, Stanford, and Virginia Tech.

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My favorite is the Amish butter for making pound cakes and brownies.

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The “Simple” stories, Langston Hughes’s satirical pieces featuring Harlem’s Jesse B. Semple, have been lauded as Hughes’s greatest contribution to American fiction. More here.

Feet Live Their Own Life

by: Langston Hughes

“If you want to know about my life,” said Simple as he blew the foam from the top of the newly filled glass the bartender put before him, “don’t look at my face, don’t look at my hands. Look at my feet and see if you can tell how long I been standing on them.”

“I cannot see your feet through your shoes,” I said.

“You do not need to see through my shoes,” said Simple. “Can’t you tell by the shoes I wear — not pointed, not rocking chair, not French-toed, not nothing but big, long, broad, and flat — that I been standing on these feet a long time and carrying some heavy burdens? They ain’t flat from standing at no bar, neither, because I always sets at a bar. Can’t you tell that? You know I do not hang out in a bar unless it has stools, don’t you?” …

“I am still looking at your feet,” I said, “and I swear they do not reveal your life to me. Your feet are no open book.”

“You have eyes but you see not,” said Simple. “These feet have stood on every rock from the Rock of Ages to 135th and Lenox. These feet have supported everything from a cotton bale to a hongry woman. These feet have walked ten thousand miles working for white folks and another ten thousand keeping up with colored. These feet have stood at altars, crap tables, free lunches, bars, graves, kitchen doors, betting windows, hospital clinics, WPA desks, social security railings, and in all kinds of lines from soup lines to the draft. If I just had four feet, I could have stood in more places longer. As it is, I done wore out seven hundred pairs of shoes, eighty-nine tennis shoes, twelve summer sandals, also six loafer. The socks that these feet have bought could build a knitting mill. The corns I’ve cut away would dull a German razor. The bunions I forgot would make you ache from now til Judgement Day. If anybody was to write the history of my life, they should start with my feet.”

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