Every now and then I have some off-the-wall dreams.Years ago, I dreamt (several times) that my friend Cynthia and I knew the people from The West Wing. Sometimes we were characters and sometimes we were actors and sometimes we were just part of the group.Last summer I dreamt I was with the television writing crew for Flashpoint when one of the actors came up and instead of me being awestruck by him (although secretly I really was!), he just complimented me on my butter recipe and said, "You make great toast."...more
Let's face the ugly truth - famines haven't been "hot" since the BBC's Michael Buerk
and Ethiopia in 1984. And it was an inspirational time, at least
according to his book. The coverage of that famine led to one of
largest outpourings of support and inspired the Band Aid charity
record. There was hope, there was money, and the efforts were thought
to have saved an estimated six million Ethiopians from dying.
In 1987 civil war broke out again in Sudan; villages were eviscerated, families were torn apart, and a little boy named John Dau ended up walking for three months until he found Ethiopia. Violence found Ethiopia as well and John Dau and a tribe of young children ended up walking again. Thousands of miles, thousands of children, mostly naked and barefoot, wandering across the dessert to Kenya.
I am sure the irony or the joke is not lost on anyone. Rachel Zoe, who single handedly brought back anorexia to Hollywood via Nicole Richie, is launching a clothing label under "The Beanstalk Group Inc. ( Incidentally, her name rhymes with "So" ) Few falls from fashion grace have been as unexpected and as humiliating as that of Rachel Zoe. Once you typed her name into the internet and you were greeted with endless adoring websites, extolling her genius and her famous friends; now it's pages of sniggering blogs cackling over the end of "the Queen of the Underworld".
Sunday, April 13 marked the five year anniversary of the conflict in Darfur, Sudan. Five years of systematic and widespread murder, rape, abduction, and forced displacement. That's longer than my almost 4-year-old daughter's lifetime. It's impossible for me to imagine what it must be like trying to raise your children in the midst of such conditions, yet for the people of Darfur, life must go on.
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In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then the came for me, and by that time, no one was left to speak up.
-Pastor Martin Niemoller.
You may have read yesterday that BlogHer has launched a new, year-long initiative, BlogHers Act, to use the power of its 11,000+ members for positive change, and asked its members to answer the questions 1.What is the global issue BlogHer's members should focus on this year?, and 2. If you could tell the presidential candidates what is most important to you, what are the top four hot button issues you would ask them to address?
There are so many issues that are important to me, and to our world, but I guess because I am just finishing up reading Not on Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond, that Editor Dana Tuszke reviewed in May, by Don Cheadle and John Pendergast, that the situation in Darfur is on my mind.
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