November: A Month of Committment

Normally there are several of the artists/crafters who choose to participate in NaNoWriMo. Not me, but others. Now there is NaBloPoMo. Is anyone considering signing up for this one? Yeah, I'm considering it. I'm a little freaked about writing a quality post every day for a month. Let's face it, many of my posts? That quality is missing. So let's get started thinking about good possible topics: ...more

Nanowrimo is here. Howz it going for all you guys?

I signed up for it this time, but I doubt ... more

Islam, hijab and one vocal actress

Contributing editor Priya Ramachandran also blogs at Words on Water [img_assist|fid=2165|thumb=1|alt=shabana|caption= ] Indian actress Shabana Azmi, who was awarded the International Gandhi Peace Prize in London earlier this month, has triggered off a controversy with her statements that Islam did not require women to cover their faces. (Azmi is Muslim.) Predictably enough, the more conservative Muslim clerics in India are riled up about it. ...more

Tanilan, I agree on modesty. Part of what I noticed growing up in India was that you could be ... more

Islam, hijab and one vocal actress

Contributing editor Priya Ramachandran also blogs at Words on Water [img_assist|fid=2165|thumb=1|alt=shabana|caption= ] Indian actress Shabana Azmi, who was awarded the International Gandhi Peace Prize in London earlier this month, has triggered off a controversy with her statements that Islam did not require women to cover their faces. (Azmi is Muslim.) Predictably enough, the more conservative Muslim clerics in India are riled up about it. ...more

Crunchy, I don't disagree with you. But really, how many women dress to please ourselves? If ... more

Michael J. Fox and Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Actor Michael J. Fox has a series of political campaign ads circulating television networks in which he tries to persuade Americans to vote for Democrats who support embryonic stem cell research. Fox, 45, suffers from Parkinson's, a chronic disease of the central nervous system, causing muscular tremors and physical weakness. Michael J. Fox is causing disputes in Missouri where in his attack ad he states, "Senator Jim Talent opposes expanding stem cell research. Senator Talent even wanted to criminalize the science that gives us a chance for hope." ...more

"yet act outraged that we dare challencge one of them on ... more

Friday Film Fun: Critically-acclaimed movies you loathe

[img_assist|fid=2007|thumb=1|alt=A English Patient] Riffing on a recent article from Entertainment Weekly about critically-acclaimed films people hate (which—grrr—I can't find after 15 minutes of Googling), I thought I'd bring the same topic to you, dear BlogHer readers. ...more

Citizen Kane. I don't know why but I hated it.

Priya Ramachandran
Blogher Contributing ... more

And the Favorite Herb Is . . .

What if food bloggers who participate each week in blogging about herbs were forced to make a choice about their very favorite herb. Which herb do you think would be the favorite? ...more

For me it's a toss up between cilantro and basil. I'd always grown up eating basil in minute ... more

Why a considerable number of the people of Barbados now know that I relieved myself in their ocean

As you may or may not know, my family lives in Trinidad, a small island in the Caribbean. Because of this, we spend a lot of time on the beach -- we live about 15 minutes away from one of the more popular ones on the island. And while my 2-1/2 year old daughter Alex is potty trained, ever since she finally got the hang of it, she's been a little disconcerted as to how to relieve herself when we're on the beach, due to (a) the scarcity of public facilities, and (b) the general nastiness of public facilities. So, like any good mother would, I've been showing her how to go to the water's edge, dip her bum into the small waves, and pee (oh stop, you'd do the same). ...more

Just the swimming pool yall :)

Priya Ramachandran
Blogher Contributing Editor - South East ... more

Assigning Gender From Birth

During my lunch break yesterday I went to buy some gifts for a friend's baby shower. My friend didn’t register for anything in particular – she just mentioned that she needed baby clothes, shoes, bibs, mittens, and burping cloths - nor did she divulge the sex of her baby-to-be. I am sure that all the mothers out there are cackling madly at that tidbit of information, as you know full well what is available for babies, but as a non-parent myself, I cheerfully headed to a department store near my office, eagerly anticipating all the cute little things I would buy. When I reached the section of the store with infant items, my eyes were assaulted by bright pink and blue. I was confused. Where were all the colors not socially assigned to either sex? And why was it divided into Boy Infants and Girl Infants? ...more

I remember watching a documentary somewhere that blue was a difficult color dye to obtain, which ... more

Keeping a faith alive

My daughter's baptism is around the corner. She will be formally accepted into the Catholic Church this Saturday. I have mixed feelings about it. In some ways, I rationalize that I just want her to be a good human being, so it does not matter what faith she is. But then, I worry that she will learn little of the Hindu identity she inherits from me, especially given how glamorous Christmas and Santa Claus can be. I worry than my plain vanilla Gods will pale in front of all that dazzle. ...more

Cass, we got married in 2000 in India. My husband is an Indian Catholic, and we were pondering ... more

Airy travel

Two airline related stories this week caught my eye. The first was the arrest of 12 Muslim passengers on a flight from the US to Bombay. BBC reported earlier this week that: ...more

I read a recent article in NYT where they said they would watch for people's expressions - ... more