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To the Ladies in the Class of 2011

To the Ladies in the Class of 2011

This weekend we traveled to Iowa to watch my husband’s little sister, Emily, graduate from high school. With more than four hundred kids receiving diplomas, the predictable formulaic speeches, and the Principal’s near-comical obsession with her school’s substantial AP program, I had quite a bit of time to think about all the stuff I wish I knew at that age. […]

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Measuring Interest Against the Need for Action: Why Libya and Not Darfur?

Measuring Interest Against the Need for Action: Why Libya and Not Darfur?

I was driving through town a couple of months ago listening to the radio when I heard that the US was involved in strikes against Libya. Now, I am familiar with Libya and its ruler, Qaddafi.   After all, he was in power back when I was a kid. I remember reading the circa-1985 headlines on newspapers at the grocery store […]

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The NY Times First Female Editor

The NY Times First Female Editor

Finally, after the New York Times 160-year history Jill Abramson is to become the first female executive editor at the New York Times. Bill Keller is giving up the highest editorial position at the newspaper and moving to a columnist role, which he was said to have accepted with ‘mixed emotions’. The succession which is to take effect in September […]

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The Child Bride

The Child Bride

I came across a slideshow on Foreign Policy Magazine’s website this morning that I wanted to share with the L&P audience.   It is entitled The Young and the Betrothed and shows pictures of young girls in Afghanistan getting married.   The slideshow includes some striking images and shares stories of girls getting married as early as ten years old, and getting […]

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Seeing RED

Seeing RED

In my experience, there are two things women are always looking for, the perfect eyeliner and the perfect pair of heels( maybe that’s just me- or is it?) As a woman who loves the pretty things in life, I have been on the hunt for the perfect pair of heels since the ripe age of 17 when I convinced my […]

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Unsupervised Play

Unsupervised Play

Sometimes I can’t believe how fast kids grow up. My son is turning 4 this August and I get amazed at the fact that he’s gonna be in kindergarten in a little over a year. He’s really turning into a little man full of thousands of questions as well as thousands of new ideas. He is becoming very independent BUT […]

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Bring More Into Your Life Through Gratitude…

Bring More Into Your Life Through Gratitude…

I have recently found myself taking a look at the women around me and have been amazed at their strengths. I am very grateful to be surrounded by women who have faced many hardships in their lives; some have lost children and brothers, while others have lost lovers and companions. Some of these women have been molested or raped, yet […]

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An ethical Storm

An ethical Storm

Before the 1950s, the word gender was uncommonly used until sexologist John Money made the distinction between biological sex and gender as a role. In the 70’s the word gender started to gain some headway especially with the sexual revolution.   Today, you’ll see gender replacing the word sex altogether when describing females/males. In terms of gender, the role it plays […]

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Memorial Day- What Does It Mean To You?

Memorial Day- What Does It Mean To You?

There really is no way for me to wish you a happy memorial day. It doesn’t make any sense to me. I think of the families that have lost their sons, their husbands, their wives, their mothers and I just can’t. There is a long sigh of sadness, a lump in my throat when I think of the blood and […]

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Saudi Women Demand More Rights!

Saudi Women Demand More Rights!

When it comes to oppression of women, not much surprises me anymore. I can easily pick up a newspaper, glance through a few pages and find several stories of how women still have not achieved the level of dignity they demand. Perhaps, even easier is to focus attention outside the western world — overt, blatant oppression can usually be found […]

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5 ways to perk up your skin

5 ways to perk up your skin

1.       Use a Face Masque One of the best ways to keep your skin looking fresh is to use a masque every 2 days. The important thing here is consistency! If you can maintain   a skin care regime that allows you to masque before your shower you’ll be sure to notice a huge difference in how your skin looks and […]

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Should I Stay or Should I Go: How a Woman Responds to her Husband’s Infidelity under the Lens of Public Scrutiny

Should I Stay or Should I Go:  How a Woman Responds to her Husband’s Infidelity under the Lens of Public Scrutiny

When I first heard that Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger were separating, I wondered what had gone wrong. Then a few hours later, when I learned that he had fathered a child outside of his marriage ten years ago, I understood. Though some in the media were concerned about whether Arnold would continue his action hero franchise and whether Maria […]

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Japan Fundraiser Success.

Japan Fundraiser Success.

We did it! We pulled off our very first fundraiser for Save The Children Japan at the Founder’s Den on May 21st. 2011. We raised a total of $3045.00 in a little over 40 days. As our first fundraiser, we are excited about the fact we could raise monies for Tsunami devastated Japan and it’s displaced children. The fundraiser was […]

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