Hey Tom Cruise! My Life Is Hard Too.

It’s all over the internet this morning.Tom Cruise thinks his life is REALLY hard. Thank you NaBloPoMo for forcing me to write daily, and think about things differently, because if I hadn’t been participating in National Blog Posting Month, this topic would have never crossed my mind, and yes- it does relate to JA.Seriously....more

In Afghanistan, women and girls strive to get an education

In a country where education for all remains a challenge, UN Women is supporting efforts to reach women and girls through English classes and trainings in computer skills. On 10 July, the CEDAW Committee will review examines Afghanistan’s first report on progress and challenges towards gender equality. ...more

“Jollywood,” Afghanistan – Teenage Girls Create And Perform Their First Play

By Sahar Muradi, cross-posted from On The Issues Magazine.In eastern Afghanistan under the glow of an April sun and the sweet scent of orange blossoms, a small revolution begins. Six young women, ranging in age from 13 to 19, huddle in the basement office of a local civil society organization and brainstorm ideas for a play by women about women -- and for women.Just a week earlier, they had taken their first theater workshop ever. ...more

Remembering a Fallen Soldier

My post honors a fallen soldier. A Facebook friend's great loss, she allows me to share her grief. http://www.everydayunderwear.com/2012/05/remembering-fallen-soldier.html ...more

From shock to acceptance: Jordan's journey

One week ago Sunday, we learned our youngest son, Jordan, was headed off to war. To southern Afghanistan, roughly 7,000 miles and 12 time zones away. Basically, halfway around the world. In the seven days since that I've had to process this news, I've gone from shock to dread to pride and joy to acceptance....more
I wish he was able to be with you guys over the holidays. It really does suck!more

LIFE Photos: Women in Afghanistan

Though LIFE magazine launched in 1883, it did not become the photo-centric publication we know now it until Henry Luce bought and relaunched it in 1936. LIFE quickly became the gold standard in photojournalism, telling stories primarily with images, letting the pictures speak for themselves....more
@Mandy no not generally, which is why I have always kind of liked LIFE. (And which is why I ...more

Afghan and Rwandan Women Entrepreneurs Seek Peace Through Business

By Dr. Terry Neese, cross-posted at On The Issues Magazine...more

Love Me A Military Man

With Independence Day upon us, I thought it would be appropriate to reflect on those serving in the military.  Specifically, I want to think about my own husband who is in the military and why he is “The Man” and more.  This is not to leave out military women – they are incredible and serve in ways that I know I’m not “woman enough” to even think about doing.  But, for this moment I want to share why I “love me a military man”. Reason 1:  He is devoted to things bigger – way bigger – than himself. Reason 2:  He respe...more