Obama's Visit to Ghana Sparks Celebrations, Unanswered Questions

At the end of a week-long tour that included meetings with Russian leaders, attending the G8 Summit and an audience with Pope Benedict, Pres. Barack Obama generated both excitement and sharp questions with an overnight stop in Ghana and a speech to that country's Parliament. While the speech did not attract the attention of his so-called speech to the Muslim world earlier this year, the importance of US policy toward Africa is difficult to overstate. ...more

Michael Jackson Memorial

What a moving and fitting tribute to Michael. The celebration of life was full, I don't think anyone could have anticipated how much he touched this world beyond the music. What I loved about this celebration was how much we could learn about him; that which gets overlooked by insatiable appetites to mock or vilify a person who rises above us all. ...more

Gone Too Soon, A Michael Jackson Story

The day started with me tuning into Morning Joe towards the end of the show and hearing that Farrah Fawcett had passed away.  I expected Fawcett to go and was relieved that she found peace in her long struggle. ...more

Independence Day Reading

My knowledge of American history is lacking. To an extent, it's to be expected - after all, I am Canadian. Every year on the Fourth of July I'm reminded of this. I go and seek out books about American history and add that to that list of books to read to read some day in the future. (That list never seems to get shorter.) I thought that this year I'd share my findings on what to read on Independence Day. ...more

The Round Table

Sunday evening, I had the opportunity to host two international visitors in my home for dinner. I invited two friends, threw the linens on the table, and awaited the arrival of our guests. ...more

Happy Canada Day!

Today is Canada's 142nd birthday. W00t! From coast to coast and from the 49th parallel to the Arctic circle Canadians are celebrating today. Fireworks, barbeques and the resurrection of 80s bands (seriously, Loverboy is playing here) are on the menu at communities all across this country of ours. It is one of the few days of the year, along with World Junior Hockey finals, that we let our Canadianness shine and revel in it. Here's how Canadians are celebrating this year. ...more

We got stuck in that "Should we go now? Do you think we'll get rained on?" place and ended up ...more

BlogHer ’09 Speakers in the News: Katie Orenstein

If there’s one thing that Katie Orenstein is passionate about, it’s helping women’s voices penetrate the largely male-dominated (by 85%) Op-Eds (for those not familiar with journalism lingo, that’s an opinion piece historically published in newspapers opposite the editorial page, but which has now translated to online forums, as well). Katie is founder of The OpEd Project, a day-long seminar created to help women find their voices and engage in these public debates. She is bringing a portion of her seminar to BlogHer ’09, leading two sessions in our Leadership track: “Owning Your Expertise” and “Writing Your Op-Ed.” ...more

Wow...Katie's coming to BlogHer'09. What a huge opportunity for the BlogHer ...more

Women Demanding Rights in Iran

Almost everything I know about the status of women in Iran I learned from one of four sources: 1) my friend's friend Roxanna, who was born in Iran and went back every summer to visit her family; 2) "Reading Lolita in Tehran" by Azar Nafisi; 3) the "Persepolis" graphic novels by Marjane Satrapi; and 4) articles in mainstream American newspapers. ...more

I am embarrassed to admit that that book is really my only source of knowledge on Iran. It ...more

Genuine Miracles do happen

Thursday, Sep 01 2005 Crazy miraculous wisdom [ Vita loving fully] -  vitalingus - @ 02:11:pm The Hindu teacher Swami Muktananda was once asked why he didn't work miracles. He replied, "I have no need ...more

The Iran Dilemma

There's been a lot of back and forth this past week over the best way to recognize the protests in Iran without giving the mullocracy the incentive to use. Many have criticized the way in which President Obama responded to the election fallout in Iran and the uprising of the Iranian people. Says Kim Priestap: ...more

Very well said, pcisbs. And, you're exactly right. Did you see Obama yukking it up last night ...more