International Peace On Playgrounds

At a typical playground in Los Angeles it is common to be surrounded by outcasts of every religion, nationality, culture and creed.  I'm talking Moms, their kids and at least 4 languages. This always impressed me....more

Yes, the problem with health care is that it's young women in their child-bearing years and ...more

Galapagos Expedition | Day 10

Cloudy skies and our last day arrived at the same time. This morning, the consensus of moods on the Daphne was gloomy. Thoughts of spending the day stuffed into airplanes, dealing with airlines, and crowded airports, was less than appealing. We boarded the panga, and waved farewell to the Daphne crew. ...more

Interview: Baby Cuisine Cookbook 6/3

Thursday, June 3rd I was able to sit down with Shane and Chantal Valentine, founders of Alina’s Cucina, and ask them about their new book "The Baby Cuisine Cookbook". It’s a beautiful book with a lot of recipes the whole family will enjoy, as well as babies from 6 months old. I tried their hummus and it was actually tasty with the olive oil, garlic, salt, and lemon. ...more

Seychelles - Let's Get Those Pants Off!

For more of my posts, please visit my main blog at Do this and I'll love you forever!Yay, I finally have internet access! Well, actually, I am writing this without internet access, but I am optimistic that I will be able to find an internet café tomorrow, (Saturday,) where I can send this. ...more

Journey Through the Peace Corps: "Are People Poor in Africa?"

by Alice Pettway The continuation of Alice Pettway's chronicle of her service in the Peace Corps in Mozambique. For previous installments, click here....more

Back by Popular Demand the TASER M26c, aka TASER M18

TASER International has brought back the civilian Taser which was modeled after the police Taser M26. They have changed the name of this citizen model from Taser M18 to Taser M26c. The reason for the name change is attributed to the change in watts and pulse rates. Here are the differences:New TASER M26c:...more

More Recession Roadblocks for Start-Up Business

Layoffs and job cuts create many potential business owners with the skills to run a franchise. So, you might expect to see some new start-ups with familiar names as people buy a franchise.  Not in your area?  It seems the current economic downturn is different for franchises than previous recessions because many potential franchise owners are running into roadblocks in getting the financing and lending they need. ...more

Empowering Refugees: Interview with Kjerstin Erickson of FORGE

Kjerstin Erickson is one of those "shiny" people who lights up a room. After meeting her at the Global Engagement Summer last spring, I knew I wanted to grab her for an interview before she became too famous. Erickson founded FORGE (Facilitating Opportunities for Refugee Growth and Empowerment) in 2003 when she was a 20 year-old junior studying public policy at Stanford University. ...more

I love your blog that's not in the U.S.!

Last week you might have read about why I love your blog! To continue this series of posts on blogs I love, let's look outward from the U.S. Blogging is a great way to change your information feed so that you look, not just outside your own country, but outside of your own language. ...more

Thanks  Liz :)


I'm so frustrated though, because apparently there is a ...more